An evening food tour around Old Hanoi. Eight fabulous treats!!!!
Trip to Cat Ba
Hanoi to the coast takes 2 hours on a new beautiful toll road
Ten minute ferry ride to Cat Ba Island
Then another bus takes you the last 40 minutes into the town of Cat Ba.
Lori on the balcony of our hotel
Fried rice and egg rolls.
Night views from our balcony
The center circle of town
A motorbike ride up the big hill/mountain to Cannon Fort
The view from the top was spectacular!
The old trenches from the war with the French in the 1940’s
Old green trucks for amunition
A little museum
Pathway around the top
An old cannon and my Laos UXO shirt, for unexploded ordances
Tired out and dripping sweat!
Relaxing afterwards at a floating restaurant
The view of town from the floating restaurant. Most of it built in the last 10 years.
Scenes of Cat Ba. This is the view from the terrace on the 6th floor of our hotel. Our room is right beside it.
Got my straw hat for a buck
One of the two main beaches. The third one is closed. I think due to construction of a big hotel complex by/on it.
A pano of the beach
Joy enjoying the bath temperature waters of the bay.
Lori taking a stroll
Beach clean up duty
Fascinating rocks on the side cliffs
The brick “boardwalk” around the harbor. Thank goodness some is in shade! 80 degrees and 80 % humidity means one always feels sticky.
One of the little parks along the boardwalk— just no place to sit.
A restaurant-bar we hung out in during the heat of the day.
Free pool if you buy a dollar pop
Evening and the floating restaurants open up
Day trip around Halong Bay and Ha Lan Bay
Rowing with her feet!
Cat Ba scenes, Markets, and motorbikes.
Individual drip coffee —. Very strong with sweetened condensed milk
The coffee stall
Family putting out little wastebaskets on tables
Boats bringing in their catch
School girls getting picked up
A dog on front!
It’s stinking, sticky 80 degrees and LOTS of women wear these sweatshirts and masks!
Washing up the lunch dishes from the sidewalk restaurant
Calms and other seafood
Toilet paper delivery giy
Cutting wood — all covered up in 80 degree heat and 80 % humidity!
Housewares, pots and pans, storage boxes
Cat Ba: A day at the beach
Around the town of Cat Ba:
The street of our hotel — it’s in the center, after the \240 big trees
Looking down on trees from the balcony
The street of our hotel — it’s in the center, after the \240big trees
Coconut ice coffee — Yummy! I think it is made with coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and coffee.
Bicycles built for 4! The whole family on one bike!
Closeup. Some had little kids seat, like the baby swings at the park for infants
Bringing in the fish
Blasting out the rock for building another hotel probably! Construction everywhere!
Machines and men, terrible noise, dust and danger
Here’s the men up close with their jackhammers
Getting ready for the road to be paved
Smoothing our the rock by hand! Hard work in the hot sun! \240And covered in long sleeves!
A view of the main tourist hotel loop
Chickens and a family home
More construction of more hotels
Some beautiful spring flowering bushes and trees
Haircut time, under a tarp along the sidewalk
Time for a game of something
Don’t know what the game is
Entryway to the local market which was in a brick building.
Every day near our hotel the big trucks deliver goods to a warehouse .
Mostly beverages here: beer and pop
Here’s a truck of stuff from the mainland
Looking down the loop road from the city plaza
Fresh shrimp in fish tanks outside the restaurants
Little ones like these at OBX
The table is set
Here’s more seafood of some kind. They also have squid, jellyfish and all kinds of fish on the menu
We had pizza!
Huge TV at the city plaza! Advertises boat trips and tourist things.
More Cat Ba and Vietnam
Hello Hoi An! We love you! What a charming little slice of heaven!
Oh, now I can see!
Some spicy shrimp on bread
Unfortunately still has the peeling on it!
Vietnamese submarine sandwiches
Don’t know the name of this snack . On the left is what it looks like.
The shell is thin and crispy
Has something, shrimp, chilies, ground meat & onions
More 🌶 sauce and maybe a sugary sauce.
Joy thought it was yummy. LoMo not so much.
A family takes a selfie
Up close: Asians love wearing matching outfits, but usually they are tour groups. And here’s a family!
Candles for floating in the river with a prayer
And mor candles sold by another old lady!
Taking a boat ride at sunset and floating candles is a big thing here
Drinks with our new California friends
Followed by a great supper at a local restaurant
Barbecue pork satay on a stick and 2 other noodle dishes Hoi An is famous for. All delicious! \240$15 fed 4 people with drinks
Larry and Kathleen
Goodnight Hoi An!
Our Hoi An hotel: Acacia Heritage, a block from the bridge that goes to Old Hoi An. All for only $20/ night, buffet breakfast included.
Top floor where the restaurant is located. Basically 360 degree view—almost.
Joy getting a $3 manicure and a $6 foot massage. Life is hard!
The bridge to old Hoi An
And motorbikes— note the cloth face coverings for the baby and mom. Elastic loops on both sides slip over the ears
Hang on baby!
A load of straw
Pondering life — or just waiting
Here’s some shots of our hour long flight down from Han Noi.
River. Assuming low water level in dry season with big sand bars on both sides
Dry winter rice fields
Looks like a reservoir up in the hills: no roads, no houses, no boats
Big bridge over the river
River nearer the city
Some scenes from Old Hoi An
A day at the beach with our friends Larry and Kathleen or K.
Love those lychees!
A beach with nobody but us on it!
Views from our 5 miles, 2 hour walk, (including break) in 85 degree heat out to the beach.
Drying rice— stirring it with her feet
Burning stalks and trash by the side of the road.
More street scenes
Just park you truck on the sidewalk if there is no parking allowed on the street
Time for some custom made clothes!
Super great Indian food with Larry and K in Hoi An
A lassi toast!
Til we meet again!
Bali: Rice fields and “cat poo” coffee
So here is a t
The cat—actually it is a mongoose.
The moo goose eats the raw coffee beans but can’t digest the bean. So I guess that he can digest maybe the hull.
So here is a tray of the washed beans that have been pooped out
Then the beans get roadted
Here’s the newest roaster
Have to keep stirring so they won’t burn
Another new roaster is hired
Then the beans are pounded
The ground coffee is sifted
And here is the coffee ready for use!
Now to taste the poo coffee called luk coffee
Well, actually not too bad!
Monkey Forest, Ubud
Stole my water bottle
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia