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Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City

On Being an American Tourist in Vietnam

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 […]

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bali rice farmer green

Capture the Colour

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 […]

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Palau de la Musica, Barcelona

Unesco World Heritage Sites, So Far

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 […]

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Vietnamese girls peace sign

Hanoi, Vietnam: War is Over if You Want It

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 […]

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Robert Capa's last frame, taken just before he stepped on a land mine.

Vietnam’s Museum of War Remnants

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 […]

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