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S: The Orient, 2007

BC: And so it went!

FC: The Orient, 2007

1: A jungle camp of the former Vietcong

2: At the Nong Nooch Cultural Center we were treated to a show featuring elephants | Hong Kong airport where we spent several hours waiting for our connecting flight to Bangkok. It is the most beautiful airport I have ever been to. Potted orchids everywhere and there was an attendant in the rest room to wipe the bowl after I washed my hands

3: TheNong Noock tropical garden

5: The immaculate gardens at Nong Nooch, Thailand

6: All Hands

7: The MS Nautica

8: Welcome to Vietnam

9: We visited a museum featuring war materiel abandoned by US forces

10: Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon

11: We were treated to a super nice lunch at the beautiful Royal Court restaurant

13: Lunch also included music and performing girls, all very entertaining

14: The Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietcong to transport men and materials. These are the very jungles where our troops fought and died. An example is the tank top left, destroyed by a land mine

15: Top left, Vietnam style traffic. Bottom left is an electricians nightmare. Above is a worker making lacquer ware that Vietnam is famous for. Notice how he is doing his job, without the benefit of a chair or worktable, and the whole shop worked just like that, and the pay is most likely a few dollars a day.

16: One of the side trips we enjoyed was boating up a river to a jungle community, where we were served a refreshing lunch of fruit and entertainment. Flowers were everywhere and the scent was almost overpowering

18: The main mode of travel

20: This nut encrusted fish was delicious | Vietnams 150 year old Vinh Trang Pagoda, supposedly features Vietnamese, Khmer and French architecture

21: The grounds of the Pagoda | The interior courtyard

22: The farmers market in Hanoi. To the left, some of the less prosperous areas of Vietnam

23: Seafood vendors at the farmers market

24: A visit to a museum. To the right, more of the farmers market. Notice the woman on the upper right teasing the camera

25: Intricate needle work

26: A visit to Marble Mountain to see some of the beautiful carvings made from the stone. Photo at top right shows part of the mountain and its colorful stone. We bought a few souvenirs there

27: China Beach, once used by our troops as an R&R area, now hosts the communist flag

30: We docked at Ha Long Bay, and took a cruise on a local san pan through some of the stone islands of which there are 1969. The area was designated a World Heritage site in 1994 by UNESCO. The waters were heavily mined by the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war and some of the mines are still not accounted for. The above pictures were taken at Wooden Stakes Cave, which is one of those monolithic limestone islands with a hollow inside

31: Floating Fishing Village

33: Three people on one scooter allows them to use the diamond lane | Back breaking work

34: Everything moves on mopeds. I saw a fellow driving a moped which had two cages attached to the sides and one in the back, and they held three fully grown pigs. A postcard showed someone hauling a water buffalo on his moped

35: This was known as the Hanoi Hilton, It is where Senator McCain spent five years imprisoned

36: Shirley is looking into McCains cell

37: Walls topped with shards of broken glass

38: I like the pup. He seems to be in the same mood as his mother

40: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. We were not allowed to go any closer. At the right is his headquarters he used during the conflict.

41: Waiting for the green light

42: Planting Rice | The Lady in red | A typical Vietnamese village

43: Super high end shopping in Hong Kong, also known as the city of lights. A very beautiful city and also very expensive.

45: Hong Kong, city of lights

46: The entrance to Harbour City. It led to a shopping center and then to the docks. All first class

47: Toscana dining room on the Nautica | The hall leading to the docks | The good ship MS Nautica of the Oceania cruise line, docked at Harbor City, Hong Kong

49: Upon leaving Hong Kong harbor, I spotted a ship heading in. On closer examination it turned out to be the Amsterdam, an old friend of mine. Ellen and I sailed to the South Pole with her | MS Amsterdam

50: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall | Taipei, Taiwan

51: Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall

52: Looking sharp! | Looking back!

53: The Martyr's Shrine built in memory of those who sacrificed their lives in the founding of the Republic of China

55: Shirley and I are walking the streets of Taipei

56: Looking out over the Yangtze River

57: Kagoshima, Japan | The Senganen or iso Teien garden, constructed in 1660. it featured the summer villas of the powerful Shimazu clan

58: On the side of a delivery truck

60: The bleak country side dominated by fences and razor wire divides the two Koreas

61: Guards at the seldom used train station connecting North and South Korea

62: Seoul, South Korea

63: My friend here had one too many brews, so he decided to sleep it off on the sidewalk

64: Our final destination, the post cruise stay in Beijing | Approaching Beijing | A sunrise enjoyed on the decks of the Nautica, somewhere in the South China Sea

65: Taking in the sights | The Great Wall

66: Ready for the tourist trade by the Great Wall

67: The grounds of the Shanri-La | The Shangri-La Hotel

68: The Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing

70: The column to the right is the only surviving part of a church located close to ground zero

71: The black obelisk indicates ground zero of the A-bomb 'Fat Man' dropped on Nagasaki, on August the 9th, 1945 at 11:02 AM. I saw a Japanese visitor wipe away a tear.

72: Nagasaki Peace Park

73: Nagasaki Peace Park | Our Guide and driver He reminds me of Art Haselhuhn

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