We are Going on the Summer Holiday We Never Had
30th Oct 2018
Gardeners and Nurserymen do it all Summer – Watering and Tending Plant Life
The Home Grown Brigade
We Grow Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables in Summer and take breaks in Winter
But in Warmer Climes.
So I have been doing some research
Vietnam has suffered the ravishes of WAR
After the French Colonialists, the Japanese left in 1945
only for the Frogs to return.
And being the French could only think of taking their losses out on others !
After they were thrashed at Dien Bien Phu in 1954 it was the American War
The Patriotic war of Independence.
From 1955 to 1975 the Americans went in to save the Vietnamese from Vietnam
Since the Yanks were Whipped, the Country has had some precious peace
to put their House in order and the Communist Government has adopted a
Market Economy for smaller businesses while retaining State Control
over the essential services, production and exchange.
WE are going to see how they are getting on this next weekend
Expecting to find too many peasants but standards of living on the rise.
Ha Noi does have culture coming out of its past too.
The Chinese never really left and the Taoist and Buddist temples remain along
with its more modern history carefully restored and the huge numbers of
Museums to recorded it.
The Womens Museum and Technology Museum sound interesting.
But being a food producer I am hoping
to visit the National Institute of Animal Sciences
Strange what some holiday makers want to do on holidays.
No sitting on the beach for me !
I want to see what enabled the Vietnamese to take on the might of the
American Army and kick them out.
So firstly I must pay respects to Ho and the fallen.
We are staying in Quan Thanh Street near Ho Tay, the massive lake,
and within 4 mins of the local market which is also
one kilometre from the huge parks and botanical gardens,
so will be among fresh air.
If you have not been before “grabcabs” are cheap,
#but we have chosen the No 86 bus to take us
from the airport into the city and the Hanoi International Post Office
From there we go to 27 Quoc Trinh, a Jewellers Shop to change money before
heading to our booked self catering rooms.
Travelling first on a the new A380 we have been given three seats for two A&C.
Changing at Bangkok to an A330 with a 2:4:2 seating and two window seats.
I say this because, it’s the getting there that is the struggle.
Driving to Heathrow, parking the car, getting rid of the 30kgs limit of luggage
each makes you want to take the kitchen sink, but realising the necessity to
leave some room for the return journey and the inevitable holiday “souvenirs”.
As far as Rightsandwrongs is concerned, it will depend on the Wifi quality,
but I will try to keep you informed by the magic of the internet.
Those who have been before will smile at our new experience
and those thinking of going,
I hope to give you a taste that will give you encouragement.
Mi is Yes and Pa is Hello and O Cho is Thank You, but I have a feeling the
Vietnamese are cleverer than me and speak some English,
but I must learn “Sorry, I dont understand” which sounds like “Come You”
“Come” means No and “You” means understand –
Really its Cua Mua – Hiểu không
Hey Ho and off we go !
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