Happy Birthday Linda!! xx
A birthday in Vietnam. Pretty special. Took the bikes out for a little tour around the temples dotted around out of town alongside the Perfume River. Nice name for a river, but not accurate. Sun shining and a glorious day, if a little humid.
Discovered the large market selling anything and everything and after some firm bartering from Paul, managed to spend many thousands of dong on a crap lacoste copy shirt for him and a flimsy half a dress for Linda. Our posh togs for a birthday night out on the town.
Back in time for massages at the hotel. First massage on our trip and jolly nice too. Paul’s neck, back and shoulders sent him to sleep. An hour massage is never long enough, especially when it only costs around £15.
Dinner at Le Jardin de la Carambole, next door to the Imperial Palace, in a French colonial building. For a french restaurant, unusual that the menu listed pizza and pasta as well as vietnamese and western food. Opted for the vietnamese beef steak in peppercorn sauce with fries. Great detail with the use of garlic on top of the veggies. Very yummy. Wine an unusual treat.
We managed to be outrageously overcharged for a cyclo ride back to our hotel. We even knew at the time, but it was such fun, and as cyclists, we felt a bit of empathy towards the cyclo rider.
Tomorrow we say goodbye to our trusted bikes. They have been great. Hope we don’t loose them.