Flew south to Danang from Hanoi (about a 90 min flight)and then traveled by motorcoach north to Hue. It was warm and cloudy with rain at times, very tropical feeling. We drove along the shore much of the time looking out to the vietnam sea (south china sea) to the east and to green mountains in the west (beyond which lies Laos only about 30 miles distant). We passed flooded rice fields (its apparently been raining a lot) and men fishing in the rain. Small towns and many rivers. Staying in Hue at the Morin, a gracefully restored hotel built around 1900. The hotel sits on the shore of the Perfume River in Hue. It is really lovely, just wish the A/C worked a little better. But it is worth it for the sense of history and grace (and the fabulous buffet...Hue is famous for its fried rice pancakes stuffed with pork and shrimp...they look just like tacos...only better!).
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