Get Cape Wear Cape Fly

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
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Trip End Feb 26, 2011


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Saturday, June 19, 2010

We woke in our excellent hotel room (possibly the best value yet), I had a bath, and checked the score of the football. We did wake up, the endless excitement of the English National side ensured we were asleep again after 30 minutes. We checked out of the the room and headed off to Thu's cafe on wheels to start our motorbike tour of Hue and the surrounding countryside. We had a quick breako of coffee and an omelette on a baguette. The coffee here is stunning and was so strong i think I started to have heart palpitations.


At 08:30 we met our drivers and off we went straight out of the city and were soon whizzing along thin concrete roads and down dirt tracks. The first sight of real interest were a big group of people who were watching cock fighting in a little garage type thing at the side of the road (no photo though sorry). Erica was horrified.  We stopped at a Japanese bridge and a market before heading off down another track to get to one Thein Mu Pagodas On entering we were chased by two old women who had a race to see who could be the first to get to us with water. The bike drivers just kept driving to make them run further in hysterics only for us to say 'no thanks' to the poor old women.


We went and watched the monks praying and learned about how the clothes vary from other Asian forms of Buddhism. The dress is grey and brown if they leave the monastery, and once a monk always a monks, they will never be able to get married, unlike those in Thailand. The ceremony was great and the haircuts of the young monks very interesting as well.  As the young monk gets older more of his hair is cut off, first they have three locks of hair, then two, then one, then at maturity it is all shaved.


We also went to the Tomb of Tu Doc which contained his palaces as well, very hot but interesting all the same. The chill of the wind on the back of the bike was great and made the mid day heat manageable. Again  down the little back alleys you see local life at its best and again all the kids would run out waving shouting at us.


We got to bunker on top of a hill on the dividing line between US /South lands and the
VC lands and the views of the river were stunning, you could also see hamburger hill from up there. There were no roads here so we just whizzed up the grassy knoll.


After another pagoda  (Thien Mu) we got back to the citadel which used to be a bit like the forbidden city in Beijing but has been flattened by bomb damage so is being rebuilt. (It all makes it feel a little fake new buildings with scaffold around them).

Erica Edit:  It was quite upsetting to see the video showing what the Forbidden Purple City used to look like, it was beautiful, destroyed by war.


A little brief but we did and saw a lot and I have a bit of blog boredom at the moment. We got back to Thu's and settled into an afternoon of 7000Dong Hudu Beers to ensure we had a hangover before the overnight coach. We went back to the hotel to pick up the bags and waited for the bus. Bizarrely I ended up taking a cyclo driver for a ride around the block (i.e. the three wheeled bicycle taxi) much to the amusement of the locals who were all shouting and the driver just sat back waving at them all. It was really nice with the breeze but the only break was to pedal backwards.


We got on the bus and watched the most amazing sunset to the Get Cape Wear Cape Fly album. This however is obviously not the reason for calling the blog this title. I was obviously wearing the cape while I was on the bike.  The driver thought it was hilarious and took to calling me Batman for the day.
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Chezza on

Bringing back so many memories guys.....your photos are A-mmmmaaaaazing!!!!! Ecs-your tan babe, wowsers.....from English Rose to exotic darkened traveller ;-) I like the look!!!!
Nam-what a wonderful country great food, people and culture and it looks like you're seeing it all.....Look forward to more updates and your arrival in SIngers - tho I'd swap where you are for here anyday of the week ;-)!!!!
Happy Travelling xxxxx

Jan on

Looks fabulous, you will have one huge photo album when you come home!

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