On our way to Hue


We drove through the mountains from HaiAn to Hue, a very beautiful ride up a narrow, winding road. There was no place to stop to take photos, and the blurry shots from the car immediately were deleted. When we got to the top, the view was spectacular, but too misty to capture in a photo. This mountaintop was at different times a fortress/ bunker for the Vietnamese (fighting the Chinese), the French and the Americans.

Vietnamese fortress
Vietnamese fortress
French bunker
French bunker
American bunker
American bunker

You’ll have to look carefully to see the American bunker above all the gift shops and buses.

What the area looks like today
What the area looks like today
This photo is for John R. I don't know whether this is the area you were asking about.
This photo probably only means something to my friend, John Reilly

It made me sad to think of all the American and Vietnamese lives lost or ruined by this senseless war. Amazingly enough, the Vietnamese don’t hold a grudge against us. They are very matter of fact about the war. We have been impressed by how tremendously polite, welcoming and gracious everyone has been to us.
As we descended the mountain, we were treated to a different, but equally fantastic view.

Lang Co Beach
Lang Co Beach

This time I wore a more “wind resistant” skirt!

Well, if I can put my feet into the Antarctic Ocean, you can bet I won't miss stepping into the East Sea
Well, if I can put my feet into the Antarctic Ocean, you can bet I won’t miss stepping into the East Sea

Two more photos of our drive and then I’ll give your eyes a rest.
Women working in the rice paddies
Women working in the rice paddies

Vietnamese fishing boats (for my dad)
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Shelley

I am intensely curious, with a spirit of adventure that is tempered by my very strong aversion to anything with potential to cause pain. I love travel, photography, reading, gardening, yoga, music and propelling myself through space (biking, dancing, walking, dancing while walking). I've never considered a lack of proficiency in any of the previous activities to be a hindrance, counting on abundant enthusiasm to make up for my shortcomings.

9 thoughts on “On our way to Hue”

      1. Maybe you’re competing for Miss March?? Lookin’ GREAT Shelley! Glad you are having so much fun and are not tired from so much travelling!

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    1. What you have to realize is that in Vietnam, light skin is considered very beautiful, the lighter, the better.
      By their standards, my skin color makes me a beauty queen. So there.

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      1. I’ve always thought you could carry off wearing a crown and sash! You are having way tooo much fun.. keep it up – have some for me! Miss You! If you ever come to boring south Florida – would love to see you.
        XXOXO

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  1. Shelley~
    I plan on attending on April 28th and will be bringing my daughters along with me…thought it would be interesting for them to hear about “our Emmanuel days” and see the campus
    Barbara

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