A Little Time a Hue
Trip Start Jan 03, 2012
163Trip End May 02, 2013
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After a quick and less than satisfying lunch we walked over to the Citadel, former home of the 13 Emperors of the Nguyen Dynasty that ruled from 1802 to 1945 and, you guessed it, another UNESCO World Heritage site. While there were a few pleasant scenes to take in, this place paled in comparison to some of the older ones we've visited. Perhaps this was due to the fact that many of the main buildings were destroyed during war time. Due to equal parts cool weather and sightseeing fatigue, we turned down a Lonely Planet must-do by not taking a boat
cruise down the Perfume River to the Emperors' tombs
With each new city comes at least one new brand of beer and after drinking nothing but draft in Hoi An, Jason can no longer keep up. Huda, Larue, Hue and a few others have all gone untapped thus far. Sylvia has been much more efficient in devouring desserts and La Boulangerie Francaise treated us well in Hue. Also, a new phrase has entered the lingo here: "Why not?". It can be replied to almost any statement (feel free to try this at home) and they have several establishments going by the same name.
We had a fantastic dinner at Hung Vuong Inn that started with a crispy pancake stuffed with shrimp and pork to share followed by seafood on crispy noodles for Sylvia and the best chicken curry Jason has had in a long time. The lemon ginger tea went well with the weather too.
Our guesthouse had a tiny two-tiered tub and a shower head hung at chest level, making washing up a challenge, but it was otherwise okay for $15 a night including breakfast. After a mellow morning, banh thit nuong (grilled pork on vermicelli) for lunch and a short trip to the market, we spent most of our second and final afternoon on the balcony eating a baguette, cheese, yogurt and tea while planning for bigger events on the horizon. This being a leap year, we have a bonus travel day coming tomorrow.