Ho Chi Minh City
This city is amazing once rush hour starts. It's pretty challenging before that too. We sympathised with a woman left behind as her nerve broke at a crossing. Her husband anxiously waited until she did the merging thing and made it across to him. That was while we sank a beer and took in the rush hour sights. Best today was a passenger balancing 2 large panes of glass as his driver wove through the traffic.
Today's stand out experience was the Art Museum- not so much for the art as the building. A beautiful faded blue and yellow French colonial mansion with tiled floors, curving staircase and shutters opening onto a central courtyard. Breezes funneled along the galleries, the French architect had mingled Chinese and 1920 s design elements in an elegant but not pretentious way.
Last night, we wandered the Ben Thanh night market clad in ponchos as the rain began, and went on, and intensified. Made it back sodden from knees down, laughing at the sheer quantity of water falling straight down.
Enjoyed a pho breakfast at a local stall in the next alley, and lunched on tiny plastic seats on mmm well, there were pieces of ?pork, rice, cabbage, pickle, egg and a small bowl of a bitter vegetable in soup. This came with iced tea.
We've booked a two day trip into the Delta on Friday, so looking forward to rural sights instead of big city life.