Hue Sep 2015

Hue is about 2 hours drive north of Da Nang.  It was the imperial capital of the Nguyen Dynasty and also the national capital until 1945 when the emperor was abdicated and a communist government was established in the north.  Hue is well known for it historic monuments such as temples, tombs, but the highlight is of course the walled Imperial Citadel.

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Hoi An Sep 2015

Hoi An is about half an hour from Da Nang by taxi.  It was an important port which controlled the spice trade.  Hoi An is a confluence of different cultures like the Cham, the Chinese, the Vietnamese, and the French.  The Old Town of Hoi An, filled with small lanes and Chinese-styled shophouses, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999.

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Eze July 2015

Eze is a medieval village perched on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.  The ancient town is filled with restored stone houses, galleries and small shops.  Its labyrinthine streets wind up the hill to a botanical garden at the top offering a panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea.   Do wander around the small cobblestone streets and then have a drink at the terrace of Chateau de la Chevre d’Or.

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Meteora July 2015

Meteora means “suspended in the air” in Greek. Greek Orthodox monks first settled in this area in Central Greece in the 11th century. The first hermits built simple dwellings in hollows and fissures in the rocks and lived in solitude. Then monks started building monasteries on top of these sandstone columns. These monasteries were built under almost impossible conditions with the materials carried up by monks scaling these sandstone columns. There were originally 24 monasteries perched on these sandstone peaks, now only 6 remain, namely The Great Meteoron, Varlaam, Rousanou, St. Nikolaos, St. Stephen, and Holy Trinity.

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