Asia
Hong Kong is Fascinating

Hong Kong is Fascinating

Our cruise ended in Hong Kong and the majestic harbor was our lovely view during our stay. We stayed in the Kowloon district because it offered old sightings of Hong Kong with tailor shops promising to make a new suit in two days and watch stores selling Rolex’s duty free. After unpacking, it was time to search...
Vietnam-the past and future

Vietnam-the past and future

Cruising into Ha Long Bay, Vietnam, the limestone formations are quite a sight to behold. They are majestic looking and one of those wonders of the world, like Stonehenge.  Our Capt made sure we had exceptional views by going slow while approaching the many formations for optimal picture taking opportunities. Many passengers chose the excursion to explore the...
Learning Vietnamese Cooking

Learning Vietnamese Cooking

Hoi An, Vietnam, has become a culinary destination.  Just outside of Danang, restaurants and local markets provide plenty of Vietnamese food, fish and dining choices. We walked over the bridge and on cobblestoned streets until our group reached  Ms Vy’s Restaurant and Cooking School. It is a two story building with a beautiful restaurant downstairs with stations for dumplings,...
Rickshaw rides and massages in Hoi An, Vietnam

Rickshaw rides and massages in Hoi An, Vietnam

Not my usual post about food (next time), but we really got “local” in Hoi An, Vietnam! Chris had an exciting rickshaw ride and I had a massage and later threading of the eyebrows. His rickshaw ride was $5 and I saw him parade around the corner as if he was the King. I was enjoying...
Historic Saigon Post Office

Historic Saigon Post Office

The Saigon Central Post Office in what is now called Ho Chi Minh City, is full of unusual activity compared to Post Offices I visit.  The outside of the post office appears gracefully designed and inside it is worth a long look.  Colonial style with high ceilings, yellow and green colors and old wooden phone...
Pho, Coffee and Frog Legs in Ho Chi Minh City

Pho, Coffee and Frog Legs in Ho Chi Minh City

To visit a Vietnamese food market and restaurant like a local, we hired a local.  Turns out it was the right thing to do.  Who else could show us the legit places and also a safe restaurant to eat Pho (soup). Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) is full of crazy traffic and that’s the only way to...
Dinner prepared from Bangkok Market

Dinner prepared from Bangkok Market

We arrived in Thailand through a very busy working river.  The shoreline was dotted with colorful Buddhist temples, old shanties and floating fishing boats.  I thought to myself, this is just what I have seen in pictures and I’m slowly cruising past it. Once docked in Klong Toey, a port in Bangkok, a small group of people (including us) soon left on...
Michelin rated Summer Pavilion Fine Dining

Michelin rated Summer Pavilion Fine Dining

Our goal on this Asia trip was to eat street food and experience highly rated restaurants.  Singapore, where our cruise began, held a special dining experience and worthy of its praise.  Summer Pavilion, a Michelin rated restaurant, is located in the luxury Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel. Steaming Lychee Oolong elegantly served from a beautiful tea pot was smooth and...
Our First time to Southeast Asia Flies Right

Our First time to Southeast Asia Flies Right

Our Happy New Year began as we stepped onboard Korean Air’s huge Airbus 380 plane and were escorted to our business class seats on the second level.  I was in awe seeing the entire second floor of the plane configured with all business class seats.  The flight attendants gave us a warm welcome and I pulled out the...