Santa Claus and Christmas trees everywhere! Christmas music blared from loudspeakers to get you in the buying mood as you approached the entrance. Although Vietnam is a majority Buddhist nation, they have no problem celebrating other holidays. :) There are many in this world who need to take their common sense to mind.
About 50 cents on the street where food is always the best and cheapest. Reminds me of: Special Services Depot, Phan Dinh Phung/Cong Ly, Saigon
Lucky day! Found a $100 on the ground....:) I saw some in Cambodia that were absolutely undetectable from real ones. This certainly didn't fall into that category.
The fan I bought at the top store. Always need a fan near me while I sleep to drown out exterior noise. Last night I had to turn off the air conditioner and the fan was pointing away from me. This time of year is quite pleasant.
Vietnamese coffee is extremely strong. Most drink with sugar and/or cream though I don't. Their tea is excellent also and is used to chase the coffee afterwards. About 50 cents.
The shop owner asked if I would like for him to take a picture and I said certainly. This was 1:30 in the afternoon, but pleasant outside. He wondered why I wasn't uncomfortable, but it was very nice, though it wasn't the day before.
The shop owner who bought me another cup of tea and when I said no thank you, he said he would be happy if I would, so I did, with thanks.
The carts here are owned by the individuals who are taking a nap (12 to 2) in front of the coffee shop that is only open mornings. They go down streets calling out what they are willing to buy since nothing is wasted in Vietnam. You sort whatever you are finished with into different piles such as cardboard, metal, glass etcetera and when the appropriate person comes down your street, you have a buyer.
Live and let live. This is the one male from the group above who evidently didn't want to nap alongside the women, so laid down in front of the hotel. No one will say a word to him.
Nguyen Hue. Wish they had left it, as was.
The French Opera House, Saigon on the right and Continental Palace slightly to the left with the red tile roof where Graham Greene wrote the Quiet American. The new Italian owners (Continental Palace) walled in the ground floor, open porch where you could watch pretty girls bicycle by in their Ao Dais on the way to school while you had a cold drink.
My ride to Tu Do where I saw that they have demolished MY La Castille :( No interest in revisiting this, used to be wonderful street which personifies tourism at its worst today. Off to the county Thursday where it should be more to my liking.
Had two beers while I watcher the rain, so retrieved my umbrella to walk down the street and have a bowl of Pho below.