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Shopping, Shopping and More Shopping

...plus more good food

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Leisurely start yesterday, with a late breakfast at a streetside cafe instead of in the hotel. Returned to Little Italy Restaurant/DMZ Bar (nowhere near either location, by the way) for a delicious petit dejeuner: pork sandwiches for Plane Boy and an enormous ham, cheese and egg crepe for Nerdia. No need for lunch. The restaurant walls are covered in signatures from visitors; forgot to mention that we added ours on our first visit.
The rest of the day was spent wandering around the shopping district at the far end of the main road. Found a few 'tourist' streets, full of small bars with streetside gardens and signs such as "open from 5pm until the last one passes out". Lots of little clothing shops selling silks, shoes and leather goods - after a few false starts Nerdia eventually bought some funny T shirts and a very dressy silk jacket.
Rested in a riverside "book cafe" for a while, then more window shopping until it was time for afternoon tea, served in the Panorama Bar at the impressive 110 year old Hotel Saigon Morin. (Is there a Hotel Hue Morin in Saigon?) Not quite high tea in the Carcosi Seri Negara in KL, but very nice - and great for watching the passing parade on both street and river.
Back to the shopping district to pick up Nerdia's jacket (now with better buttons) before dinner at a riverside vegetarian restaurant. Decided on one of thier set menus - it was huge! Marinated eggplant, soft fried rice, tasty and interesting banana flower salad, yummy spiced tofu... delicious!
Finally we wandered along the small strip of night markets at the river wall; not much chop by market standards but a nice relaxing stroll.
Our last full day in Hue beckons, probably off to revisit Dong Ba Market across the Perfume River.
We're now uploading photos on this blog each day, check 'em out!

Posted by NarLin 08:39 Archived in Vietnam

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