The Freedoms I Take for Granted

Well-known Vietnamese blogger, Nguyen Huu Vinh, and his assistant, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, were found guilty yesterday and imprisoned for five and three years, respectively. There were found guilty of abusing their democratic freedoms. What freedoms? Let’s not kid ourselves. In 1975 the Communist regime of Vietnam took over the whole country. By 1985, Communism had not worked very well for the country’s economy so … Continue reading The Freedoms I Take for Granted

Central Vietnam

Danang, Hue, and Hoi An We arrived in Danang airport at night and were met by our new guide, Huan. Huan was friendly and overflowed with exuberance and enthusiasm. Together with the driver we took the windy mountain road to Hue arriving at our hotel at 10:30 p.m. We stayed in the beautiful La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue. From the moment I stepped … Continue reading Central Vietnam

Hustling Hanoi

Welcome to bustling Hanoi located in northern Vietnam off of the Red River. Its name translates into “City within the River’s Bend”. Hanoi is the capital and the second largest city in Vietnam. Six and half million Vietnamese call Hanoi their home. Hanoi founded in 1010 A.D. offers a magnificent blend of 600 year-old Vietnamese and 19th century French colonial architecture. We were greeted at … Continue reading Hustling Hanoi

Turkey Holiday in Turkey

A couple of years ago a friend of mine in London went to Istanbul, Turkey for Thanksgiving. It sounded like fun to visit Turkey for Turkey weekend. So we spent Thanksgiving of 2012 in Istanbul and Ephesus, Turkey. Although, we did not celebrate Thanksgiving in the traditional sense our weekend was full of new adventurous experiences. We entered a fascinating world of palaces, mosques, sultans, … Continue reading Turkey Holiday in Turkey