Downtown Hue is hectic just like any Vietnamese city - its the old imperial capital but unfortunately the historic sites are in poor repair
. Just over the Perfume river ( which looks green / brown) the Citadel of the Imperial city or the remains anyway. The outer walls and moat are there slong with the gatehouses but there's little to see inside the compound.We will be taking a boat ( pontoon boat) trip down river to the Silver Pagoda and the Buddhist shrine tomorrow but that's to cool down in the heat of the day.
We had a fun day on the back of motorbikes today and drove to an imperial tomb but it was only built around 1924 and some of the statues are concrete ! ( hardly terra cotta warriors) and then to a gorgeous park called Bunker hill where there are some bunkers from the US war. On to lunch in a nunnery with the chanting in the background while we ate. Being driven through the mass of motorbikes in the city is quite an adventure in itself.
Well it happened.... And thankfully I was almost prepared. We had dinner in downtown Hoi En last night and then took off downtown for the full moon party. Really it was just an opportunity to stay open late and sell souvenirs. The place was dark except for lanterns and candles. I went to the waterfront to photograph the floating boats with the candles in them and got hassled big time by two vendors to buy stuff ... I backed away and fell in the river. Filthy water but only up to my waist but my camera went swimming too and can't be resuscitated :(. I have backed up most of the photos but not all so I'll have to find myself a replacement before Halong Bay. I walked back through town with queaky feet and wet hair much to the amusement of the locals The adapter got lost too but I have figured out a way to post photos.