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A night at the Conti.

February 3, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Before heading up to the beaches of Mui Ne, a treat was in store at the Continental, the famous old hotel that was the residence of many a correspondent  during the American War, and also the backdrop for the 1950’s film “The Quiet American”.

 

 

 

very pleasant treat

We booked a suite in the grand dame of Saigon hotels and the place was everything we hoped for, wood panelling, old lights and phones, original electric switches (complete with dangerous wiring), our own office with a bureau and a really musty character that can only develop with time – it was a real step back into the 1950’s. We also treated ourselves to an Indian tandoor curry, which after the bland Vietnamese food was divine.

the front of the Reunification Palace

Before the pickup came at 11am there was just enough time to visit the Reunification Palace, a grand and architecturally really interesting place in the centre of town. The palace is exactly as it was in 1975, and ironically for southern Vietnam it actually really reminds me of Communist Czechoslovakia – it’s actually quite creepy. Standing on the roof looking at the tanks in the garden, you can really imagine what it must have been like as the Viet Cong crashed through the gates and the American War finally over.

I wonder who has the honour of being on the pink hotline from the Palace.

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  1. February 9, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I’ll have one of those pink phones please!!!

    Ian

    • February 10, 2012 at 12:51 am

      The noise they made when dialling was really nostalgic. Somethings in life were never appreciaetd enough when we had them!

  2. nick miles
    February 10, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Hi All (plus soon to join you Julia)

    I can’t believe how much you have seen and done over the last few months, this area of the globe is lost with me as my knowledge of both the geography and history is poor, the best education I have of Vietnam was MASH! (so thats not very factual!)

    Anyway, just a quick note to wish you all well and I am sure many more exciting trips are planned with Julia, it will be a real eye opener and a great experience.

    look after yourselves.

    Nick, Tasha and kids

    • February 10, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you.

      Julia arrived safe and well and has had a nice and gentle introduction to Vietnam in the lovely town of Hoi An.

      This place is a shoppers paradise, Tasha and Karen would be in 7th heaven – beware if you ever come here!!!!. The tailors are amazing and rustle up bespoke fitted and beautiful silk lined coats for about 25, fabulous winter coats for about 40 and hand made leather fitted shoes and handbags to your own designs for about 35. It is hard not to go mad.

      Today we went out of town into the jungle to see the Cham ruins (old!) and whilst we were there we found snakes, tunnel web spiders and plenty of butterflies to keep Julia happy. All in all it is going really well and Vietnam is a pretty easy place to get by.

      Love to you all – not long now before we see you in Blighty.

      The Simpsons XXxxx

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