The first thing we noticed was the Saigon was much faster than Hanoi. There were more cars and the motorbikes weren't going a slow and steady pace, they were whizzing by. We would not be able to cross the street against the lights here - that would be a death sentence.
|So many more cars and much higher speeds.|
|Tallest building in Vietnam until 2011.|
|Ben Thanh Market|
|View from Ben Thanh Market with the Bitexco Building Looming|
|Inside the market|
|Crowded and full of things we didn't want to buy.|
|A fruit stand selling dragon fruit and durian.|
|Much less crowded market.|
|Fresh meat - no need for refrigeration.|
|More red meat and white things in a liquid bath...|
|This gives the fish counter a Whole Foods a run for it's money.|
|Quiet square and the Opera House.|
|Beautiful Boulevard near the Opera House.|
|Quite refreshing to see this green space in a busy City like this.|
|Uncle Ho watching us take his pic.|
|Beautiful French Influenced City Hall|
|Mix of classic and modern|
|US Air Force prop planes|
|US Helicopter, with what seems like an angry Vietnamese lady in front.|
|Tank on display|
|Army issued bulldozer|
|My angry Vietnamese friend is back again|
Be that as it may, the photos of the impact dioxins had on the region speak for themselves. They (along with the other defoliants used by the US and Allies) severely burned the people who got in their way and for the others caused horrific birth defects. There was even a section on how Agent Orange affected US soldiers. The most interesting tale was of a US Serviceman who after returning home from Vietnam fathered a very large family -- with each child showing the effects of the dioxins. I did not take photos inside this exhibit, as I thought it to be distasteful. You can easily find more information and photos online -- Google it.
|War Remnants Museum|
|The palace with rain clouds coming in.|
|Palace grounds with rain getting closer.|
|Main conference area|
|Large lecture area - with several locals hanging out|
|Love this mid-century design|
|Aren't these fun little guys...|
|I always have to take pictures of cats when I see them abroad. |
Even if they are stuffed.
|What Presidential Palace is complete without two stuffed cats?|
|Formal office space|
|I need a cat in my office|
|The building was very warm, so Ryan decided |
to enjoy the fan while we looked around
|Who do you get when you use the pink phone?|
|In addition to cats, I enjoy photographing |
various safety signs around the world.
|Love these rocking chairs and the big circular couch!|
|Cathedral de Notre Dame (with the post office to the right).|
|I love the grand boulevards of Ho Chi Minh City|
This post office was designed and built by Gustav Eiffel (yes, of Tower fame). We entered and were floored. It was such a beautiful space. There were two paintings in the grand foyer - one showing the greater Saigon Area and the other showing the telegraph lines around Vietnam and Cambodia. Such an interesting view of time gone by.
|Telegraph lines around Vietnam and Cambodia|
|Individual telephone booths|
The guide book built the Jade Emperor Pagoda up more than it should have been. Yes, it was nice to see the jade and watching the turtles swim was nice, but I could have probably skipped this stop.
What was your favorite tourist site in Saigon? Did you think the Jade Emperor Pagoda was all it was cracked up to be? Ignoring the brutality of it all, I do dig that Colonialism brought amazing architecture to certain parts of the world -- does that make me a bad person?
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