Category Archives: Vietnam

14 days with a purpose: eat great Vietnamese food

TripAdvisor listed 349 restaurants in Hoi An.  We calculated we could easily dine at a dozen restaurants over our 14-day stay.  Highly rated restaurants made our list and cost would have been a consideration, too, but in Vietnam most prices … Continue reading

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Old pants in tatters, the search was on

Beth wears her favorite clothing long after most people would have retired the garments.  One pair of treasured black silk pants were worn till the hems were frayed and tiny holes appeared near the seams.  A seemingly endless search over … Continue reading

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What we saw walking 137,890 steps

14 days.  137,890 steps walked.  30 miles biked.  We strolled down pedestrian shopping streets, tentatively walked down alleys, biked over bridges.  We came upon different views of Hoi An, and we often pulled out our cameras to catch a scene … Continue reading

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Baby Mustard

Ratings don’t usually lie.  For ten days, we ate our way through some of the restaurants rated best in Hoi An, and the restaurant rated #3, Baby Mustard, had so far eluded us.  The restaurant lay beyond walking distance from … Continue reading

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Basket boats at the beach

What were those little dots bobbing just off the coast in the South China Sea? Vietnamese Basket Boats.  When France ruled Vietnam, a tax was levied on boats.  Resourceful Vietnamese stopped using boats and switched to large baskets for fishing, … Continue reading

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Get Out and Vote (wherever you are)

We checked off the who-to-contact list to notify we’d be out of the country: bank, credit cards – and WOW! – at the last minute we remembered to contact the voting registrar. Our absentee ballots arrived by email when we … Continue reading

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Floating on the water

We awoke to silence and wondered for a second where we were. Then we remembered.  We were on the junk boat, Dragon’s Pearl I.  5:30AM.  Time to see sunrise in Ha Long Bay. As we cruised slowly through the waters, … Continue reading

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