A duty to preserve the beauty of the past for future generations You don’t have to look very hard to find evidence of the part France played in Vietnam’s history. Many of the key buildings of state were erected by the French. But, it wasn’t until a recent visit to Phnom Penh that I became aware that there is some concern about
Tripping along the river I am passionate about boats. I love to draw them and back home in England I even lived on one for 10 years. I can sit and watch boats bob about in a harbor for hours. Just listening to the slap of ropes on masts and watching fishermen mend nets and wind ropes fill me with delight. One
Don’t rush and enjoy the slow ride One of the beautiful things about traveling by train in Vietnam is the opportunity to sit and gaze out at gorgeous landscapes, all at a leisurely pace. Trains in Europe are designed to get you from one place to another as quickly as possible, the countryside going by
At the wet market, Bridget stumbles into a comedy of errors Having been in Vietnam only a matter of weeks and still filled with enthusiasm and girlish bravado, I decided to cook a Vietnamese feast for some friends. Surely such a simple endeavor couldn’t be too difficult. Armed with an illustrated English cook book by
The past holds on strong at this ancient site At the Cham Ruins in My Son, history replays itself like a ghostly video. Up here in the mountains, in the overcast misty silence, one can hear echoes of war planes that once flew overhead unleashing relentless bombs that thundered into the soft earth destroying much
In Hoi An, when the full moon is out the city becomes spiritual If you’re lucky enough to be in Hoi An on the night of a full moon, you’ll witness a delightful transformation taking place in the streets of the Old Town. A calm descends as the electric street lights are turned off and all the lanterns are lit.