However, our Sunday afternoon city-stroll was well-documented and somehow managed to encompass almost all of Downtown Ho Chi Minh City's sights (and sighs).
- Phở (fuh) n. - Traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup. Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Iced-coffee street side on the corner of Pasteur and Dien Bien Phu with the accommodating and warm Ms. Hoa.
Under the canopy of towering teaks, we meandered down Pasteur.
Turtle Lake (Ho Con Rua) on Pham Ngoc Thach. Stalinist, weather-stained concrete artistry and stagnant, emerald water. A sight to behold and a favorite place for groups of listless local teens.
Notre Dame Cathedral (Duc Ba). An island of piety in a sea of sordid traffic.
The Old Post Office (Buu Dien). Throwback maps, key chains, sweat-ringed tourists, and disgruntled postal employees... a veritable menagerie inside a cake-pink Colonial fortress.
Saigon circa 1892.
The connubial womb awaits...
The Reunification Palace (Dinh Thống Nhất). More sweat-ringed tourists, art-deco conference rooms for visiting dignitaries, and an iconic rooftop helicopter pad. A must visit for keen history types, but avoidable under most situations.
Tao Dan Cultural Park. A good place for an afternoon stroll and a remarkable venue for capturing Saigonites engaged in a variety of rigorous sporting activities.
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool in the sculpture park.
A walk through the Mariamman Temple @ 45 D Truong Dinh, District 1. One of the last remaining vestiges of a turn-of-the-century South Indian Tamil community once active in the money-lending business.
Late lunch at Tokyo Deli @ 240 Le Thanh Ton, District 1. Long-term travelers crave creature comforts...