Posted on 02 March 2012 by brett
Hoi An - Riverview
Hoi An feels like a small riverside town in the French countryside. It’s misty, overcast and significantly cooler than the southern beach towns like Quy Nhon and Na Trang. While the historic French architecture is beautiful and romantic, all the buildings are filled with tourist-centric vendors selling custom-tailored clothing, souvenirs and day tours. There isn’t much local Vietnamese culture apart from villagers making a buck with the tourist boom. Most tourists were French and few Americans appeared on the scene.
We stayed at Thanh Van II Hotel ($24/night) a bit outside of old town. They provided free bicycles, tasty breakfast and spotty Internet. Facebook hacks definitely came in handy as the Vietnamese government has blocked its citizens from communicating with former citizens who fled the country during the American war. Continue Reading
Posted on 29 February 2012 by brett
Our trip is moving faster than planned. Vietnam is here and now, about a month ahead of schedule. We have decided to use our time traveling more wisely and leave Southeast Asia mid-year. This decision opens up a whole new world of possibilities. After Asia, we figure Australia could be a good middle point since we’ll probably never vacation there. Southern wine country and the great barrier reef are on the table. We may trace our ancestry from Turkey and make our way through Eastern Europe visiting family and places on our list to see in our lifetime. Visiting dear friends in Spain and Portugal is a definite, as well as a visit to Morocco to see our friends Tosha & Adam who will be moving there this summer. Latin America offers several intriguing options as well, especially if we can visit late in the year into early 2013 during their summer season. We are open to all possibilities! Any ideas? Please share! Continue Reading