|Sunrise over Sai Gon. I never imagined that I would|
ever be here! Love my hubby's wanderlust.
|Bicycles and motorcycles are the main transportation modes.|
You see everything carried on these vehicles and some even
serve as "shops." She was selling food items here.
|The children are darling.|
|They like to dress in the traditional attire|
and take photos at holiday time.
Other than trying to cross the streets in the crazy traffic, it is easy to find your way around there. There are many more motorcycles than cars and they move in packs not always paying attention to the crosswalk lights. You have to be brave and step off the curb and keep going. If you hesitate, you will get hit. At first, we would stand on the corner and wait for some locals to make a move across, then stick close to them. It was rather wild and the lights were not timed in favor of pedestrians.
|And they wanted their picture taken with|
Americans! What fun to see their outfits.
|Or they just set up "shops" on the streets. Motorcyclists |
buy food items from the "curb vendors" while they wait
for the lights to change and traffic to move. Wild!
|Doesn't look "captured" to me!|
Even so, the museum is worth a visit if you are there. Outside there is a display of military weaponry they claim to have captured (or did we just leave it behind?). The exhibits and photos are slanted against us, but it is still shameful to see what went on there. As shameful as the way our country has treated the veterans from the Vietnam War! They didn’t stand a chance as it was not typical warfare. Both sides were guilty of much human cruelty. Still, the South Vietnamese are thankful that we tried to help them and hold nothing against Americans. In fact, they were happy to see people from the USA.
|Many rooms of exhibits show the horrors of war.|
|Nice dining room for a few guests.|
It was designed by Paris-trained architect, Ngo Viet Thu, who combined Western and Oriental architectural elements within a Chinese structural framework. The Palace was inaugurated as the Presidential Palace on October, 31 1966. On April 30, 1975, the NVA tanks smashed the gates and arrested the President General Duong Van Minh and his cabinet. Unfortunately, he had become head of state only two days prior. He was later allowed to immigrate to Paris while the NVA took over Saigon. Today the building is preserved as it had been on that fateful day. Even his Mercedes is still parked by the kitchen door!
|The Cabinet Room|
|Reception area. There were several: one for the President,|
one for the Vice President and one for the President's wife.
Unfortunately, I lost a day and a half worth of photos from both cameras when I downloaded them to the computer so I do not have some really good views of the city. Hopefully, I accidently buried them somewhere in Dennis’ computer. Bummer!