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Our journey in Vietnam begins: Hanoi here we come

Hanoi: a city with ancient origins.

In 2010, Hanoi’s 1000 birthday is celebrated with a spectacular infusion of color and dance. History tells us that in 1010 A.D Emperor Ly Thai To moves here, establishing a capital, calling it Thang Long, translated as The City of Soaring Dragons.

This is beautifully told by the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater in 57B Dinh Tien Hoanng  St, Hoan Keim District (www.thanglongwaterpuppet.org)

Picture: singers at Thang Long Water Puppet TheatreIMG_1995

The water surface conceals the puppeteers as the puppets glide, jump, dance and dive into the water. It’s unlike anything I have ever seen before,

In 1802 the Emperor Gia Long moves the capital of his dynasty to Hue and Thang Long, is demoted to regional capital.

In 1831 the Emperor Tu Duc renames Thang Long Hanoi, which means bend in the river.

I question how these Emperors can have such absolute power

Pictures:  Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

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Temple of Literature provides insights.

The Vietnamese trace their roots back to the rice paddy fields in Red River Delta, resisting Chinese domination since 2nd century BC.

The Chinese bring with them a culture rich in Buddhism, Taoism and the principles of Confucianism.

Confucius lives in China between 551 and 495 BC. His doctrines in brief, provide a moral and ethical code of behavior, where rules of conduct are adhered too, absolutely without question.

All work is carried out with total dedication for the good of  God, Emperor, Community and Family.Individual needs, wants or desires are held in abeyance which stabilizes a Feudal society.IMG_2032

Photo:  Principles of Confucianism in Van Mieu IMG_2036

Photo: Confucius shrine – Van Mieu.

Also, in the Temple of Literature is the University for Mandarins- Quoc Tu Giam. 

I will tell you all about it in the next post so stay tuned

I’m back. A returned traveler from Vietnam and Cambodia

On departure I had no expectations, preconceived ideas, ideologies or beliefs.

My search from the beginning of this blog at the start of 2014 is to find God.

Now I am traveling to a country whom, if I am to believe what historians tell me, has turned its back on God.

We shall see.

I have tons of photographs, so at times I will let the pictures do the talking for me, thus providing useful as Travel Guide to Vietnam and Cambodia.

I started with nothing and ended up with so much more I invite you to travel with me as I share my story with you.IMG_2133

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OK… Here is the deal… I still have not found what I am looking for…

So Vietnam here I come.

My search for the Miraculous will bring us to the following places …

  • Hanoi with its crazy traffic of mopeds and scooters  transporting people, wardrobes and live animals
  • Halong Bay to see the Tai Chi at sunrise.
  • The former capital city of Vietnam- Hue with its renowned Perfume Rive
  • Hoi An and , if the time permits get some new cloths made by Mr Xe on the street close to the river or just laze in the Morning Glory restaurant known for inexpensive  fresh succulent food.Or perhaps, attend a cooking class that starts in the market with the  selection of necessary foods before the cooking begins. It could be fun. Maybe the way to God’s heart is the belly – who knows!!!
  • Da Nang Bridge in the shape of a dragon. They say it is very colorful.
  • And then finally to Siem Reip which apparently, is very busy and Ankor Wat which is   stunning: good walking shoes a must, I’m told.

I will be off line with my note pad and camera while meditating and traveling with my lifelong friend and hubbie Paul.

And on my return, I will be bursting to share all.

So until then, adieu my friends.

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