In November of 2013, Edith Ross Photographer travelled to Vienna, Austria. What a beautiful city. The architecture, the scenery, the cleanliness, the music, the ‘properness’ of it all left an impression on me. Everywhere I turned there was beauty. Please come and see some of the sights with me.
I recently was very priviledge to be invited along on a trip to Ireland. My husband is of Irish decendance so we were very thrilled to get this chance to go and explore the place where his ancestors worked, walked and played. Below is a very small photo diary of the time that we spent there. It was glorious. The people couldn’t be more friendly, the drinks more tasty or the scenery more beautiful.
Come on this trip with me and see it through my eyes.
Our last stop in Vietnam was in the south. First we stopped in Ho Chi Minh for the day and then spent three days on the Mekong delta in a Sampan (small boat) that we rented for three days and two nights. And Finally we returned to Ho Chi Minh for three days to terminate our trip.
Ho Chi Minh, contrary to the other parts of Vietnam we visited, was a very busy metropolitain city with all the exclusive brand stores and state of the art buildings, restaurants and stores that cater mostly to tourists and then there is the other part of the town that is more geared to what the vietnamese can afford.
On our first day we explored the city and visited the War Museum, the Post Office, the Cathedral and the city in general. Then we headed to the Mekong Delta where we sent off on our sampan. This is a private little boat that includes an english tour guide, a captain and two helpers. They all catered to only David and I. We spent three days and two nights visting the Delta, taking in the beautiful scenery and stopping periodically to visit a market, a brick making factory, a candy factory, a temple, we also had supper at the house of a wealthy local, etc. All very interesting and eye opening.
On our return to Ho Chi Minh, we took a day to go and visit the Cu Chi tunnels where the Viet Cong hid and fought the americans during the Vietnam War. We were given a history lesson from the perspective of the Vietnamese and NOT what we’ve always heard from the American version and movies it was very unsettling to see how these people managed to live for years in these tiny tunnels with all that entailed. Bugs, scorpions, bombs exploding overhead, tunnels being flooded by the americans to ‘flush out’ the Viet Cong, etc. I walked about 40 meters (walking is a generous term, more like scuttled along bent over, and I’m only 5’3”) and was very anxious to get out, so I definately, could not image living full time in these tunnels.
On our last day, we visited some museums and did a little last minute souvenir shopping.
The Vietnamese are an amazing, accepting, resilient people who still manage to be happy with the little they have and who have learned to put the past behind them and live for the future.