The challenge for Vietnam visitors like us–Americans old enough to have lived through the war or at least to recall the nightly news images–is to acknowledge those memories and then let them go. First-time visitors, especially, will want to get out of their own heads and embrace today’s Vietnam, its people and food and culture…but […]
It’s called the American War, not the Vietnam War. It’s Ho Chi Minh City, not Saigon. It was the Museum of American War Crimes before it was The War Remnants Museum. The South Vietnam President’s Palace is now the Reunification Palace. And of course North and South are no longer separate. We’re in Vietnam, but […]
Capture the Colour is a travel photography contest sponsored by The Travel Supermarket. They’re a British company, hence the spelling of color. The idea is to enter five photos, each illustrating a striking color. I’ve chosen some photos that feature (mostly) a small area of the specified color, rather than a big field. Maybe it’s […]
Below is a list of the Unesco World Heritage sites we’ve been to as of February 2013. (It could be considered an adjunct to this page.) We’ll probably get to a dozen more, at least, this year. At that rate, I’ll have seen them all about the time I’m 135 years old. Unesco World Heritage […]
Tourists/worshippers at the Temple of the Learned Doctors, Hanoi. December 2011.
A rare dash of color at a Hanoi Buddhist temple. February 2011.
Whenever we met anyone in Vietnam and the question of the war came up, the answer from our Vietnamese hosts was always a variation on, “That was a long time ago. We like to think of the future, and we are happy that Americans are our friends now.” I’m happy we are, too.
We’ve been in Asia for three months now and it seems like wherever we go, the food keeps getting better. It was wonderful in Bali, better and spicier in Thailand (although I did get a bit of gastro distress from one street food experience) and subtler, yet perhaps even tastier in Vietnam. I’ve covered the […]
The next time I come to Vietnam I am going to skip all the war exhibits. They are everywhere there is an exhibit of any sort. In Hanoi’s FIne Arts Muesum, there are rooms replete with extraordinary Vietnamese folk and religious art from as far back as 8000 BCE to the present. But even in […]
Flag flying war memorials litter the center of Ho Chi Minh City, which is what the Vietnamese renamed Saigon after the American War. Most of these memorials feature captured American war materiel, such as intact helicopters, jet fighters, tanks and artillery pieces. You’ll run across them in parks, in the front yards of the aforementioned […]