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We took a cruise out on Ha Long Bay.  I have to say, it is beautiful out there.  We luckily had fantastic weather, so the views were amazing.

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Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

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One of the cool things about Hanoi, is the mix of small Vietnamese stalls and stores in some areas, juxtaposed with more affluent neighbourhoods one or two blocks over.

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Didn't think I'd see this here...

Didn’t think I’d see this here…

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A typical street in Hanoi.  If you look carefully to the left of the street, there is an HFC.  I think we call know what KFC is (Kentucky Fried Chicken).  The HFC?  Hanoi Fried Croquettes.

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Street scene - Hanoi

Street scene – Hanoi

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One of the buildings in the Forbidden City in the  Citadel in Hue.

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The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City

 

 

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When we got to our hotel in Hue, this fancy piece of towel art greeted us.  I have to say, I thought that it was pretty awesome!

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Loving Swans

Loving Swans

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This small river basically represents the separation of North and South Vietnam.

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North and South Vietnam

North and South Vietnam

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If you’ve seen the episode of Top Gear on which we based our honeymoon, you will notice that they did the route on motorbikes.  Neither the Dude nor I had ever ridden, so we weren’t about to learn there.  Have you seen the traffic?!  So as a bit of a consolation prize, we booked a 3-day motorcycle tour.  We would each ride on the back with a driver and see some of the more rural areas this way.  We rode on quite a bit of the Ho Chi Minh trail, which generally follows the side of the mountains, so you get mountain on one side, and jungle and more mountains on the other.  We only went through a tunnel 3 times, and it’s crazy.

Here’s a pic of us coming out of a tunnel.

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I see the light!

I see the light!

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So I wrote about a week ago regarding the pooched iPhone and the pics that may have been lost as a result of it.  Well, we got the pics back today!  SO EXCITED!  So I’m just synching up my phone and hoping it all goes well.  We’re back in business!

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Part of our honeymoon involved a motorcycle tour.  Neither the Dude nor I have a license, so we booked with the Hue Freedom Riders.  The first stop was at the Marble Mountains in Da Nang.  These are basically mountains of marble in the middle of the city.  Here is a photo from one mountain to another.

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Marble Mountains

Marble Mountains

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We took at bicycle tour in Hoi An and saw a lot of animals, chief among them oxen.  It was sweltering hot.  No wonder they sought out water to cool down.

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Cooling down

Cooling down

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We decided to go for some drinks on the rooftop and were treated to some people singing American cover songs.  They were actually pretty good!

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Lounge Music

Lounge Music

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So the Dude and I have been back for almost a week from our honeymoon, and except for a bit of jetlag leftover and some tidying, it is done.  All the planning, and celebrating, and travelling, finished.

I have to say, that part of me is at a bit of loose ends.  We had just spent the last 8-10 months planning this one day, and the trip after, that I’m not quite sure what to do with myself.  I’ve started to look into renovating our kitchen cupboards and storage, so I guess that’s a start.  I can’t even imagine how it would feel if we had decided to take 2 years to plan the wedding.

I know that I haven’t been too forthcoming with the details, but mostly it was because I have some friends that occasionally read this, and I wanted everything to be mostly a surprise.  So recaps will be coming, as well as entries for the trip to Vietnam.  I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures of the wedding myself, but I’m hoping to be able to get some photos for you all to see.  Stay tuned!

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An aerial overhead shot from the rooftop patio of our hotel.  This was really early in the morning, thus the light traffic.

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Light traffic

Light traffic

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Vietnam was hot and humid.  Really.  The kind where you just walk outside and are immediately covered in sweat.  So basically we worked out a bit of a system.  We’d go out early in the morning (thank you jetlag!) and then go back to the hotel (or a coffeeshop) in the afternoon, and watch TV or nap, and then go out again at night.

The first day we arrived, we decided to go for a walk.  I wonder what the most popular mode of transportation was?

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Bikes!  Get yer bikes here!

Bikes! Get yer bikes here!

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So after our wedding, the Dude and I basically had one day to pack before we were off on our honeymoon.  We’re light packers, so it wasn’t such a big deal.

Off to the airport!

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The plane

The plane

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We love coffee.  And our friends recommended a new place for a just a little while ago.  We decided to try it one day, and it is sooooo good.  They also have fresh baked goods that are really delicious too.

Introducing Cherry Bomb.

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Cherry Bomb

Cherry Bomb

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So the Dude and I just came back from our honeymoon a day ago.  Exciting, right?  We had spent 2.5 weeks trekking through Vietnam, and were so excited to come back and see our pictures.  I was also very excited to post the 365 pics I had taken with my iPhone.  And this is were the blip comes in.

Somewhere between leaving the airport in Beijing and landing back in Toronto, my phone decided that it had had enough and died a painful death in Recovery mode.   Nooooo!  The good news is that we actually used the camera that my brother had gotten me to take most of the photos.  The bad news is that we had had to use my phone to take some pictures one day at some royal tombs…and it also had my 365 pics.  Nooooo!  The CS rep at the Genius Bar at the Apple store basically told me that my phone was done.  All I want are my pictures.  We discovered that there are people out there that can possibly recover the data from the iPhone, so we are doing some research and crossing our fingers.

So what I’ve decided to do is to continue with the 365 as is, and then just come back in fill in the blanks if the pictures can be recovered.  Not ideal, but the project had been going so well, I’d hate to just abandon it.  And hopefully, there aren’t too many missed days if the pics turn out to be a wash.

Wish us luck!

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Hi all,

Sorry for the recent radio silence, but with a week to the wedding and then leaving right away for our honeymoon, there wasn’t much chance for any meaningful blogs.  But I’m back!  Just wanted to let you know that updates are coming, and that other than one slight hiccup in the 365, things should be returning to normal!

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