Friday, November 14, 2008


We spent two days in Vietnam.

Nhan Trang is a beautiful busy port on the Sea of China with attractive beaches.

Vietnamese are essentially Buddhists. They also honor their ancestors.

We visited several temples.

The bazaars attract many tourists with their special bargains, but merchants grab your arm and push their products under your nose. We could hardly move between a human sea.

It's a beautiful country, but a poor one, too crowded and too dirty, and Saigon harbored even more bycicles and motorcycles than I have ever seen in any country, even in the Netherlands or Italy.

We visited a silk factory where hundred young women embroider silk sheets and another factory where they handmade black lacquer boxes decorated with mother of pearl decorations. Later we were presented with drinks of coconut.

Your question #1: Which city in the Far East is considered a shoppers' world?

Question 2: Which city in the Far East has more bycicles and motorcycles than any country in the world?
Question 3: Which city hosted the 2008 Olympic?
Question 4: In which city of China is the Forbidden City located?
The answers can be found in my posts of Friday November 15, Saturday November 8, Monday November 3, Thursday October 30, and Tuesday October 28.
Please email the answers to these four questions to
Prizes are 1. a cloisonne bracelet from Shanhai
2- a lacquer box from Saigon
3- a paperback copy of my book TO LOVE A HERO.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and traveled with me to the Far East.


Ironeyes said...

You are very fortunate to be able to go to these places and enjoy what they had to offer. I spent some time in that area in the late 60's and early 70's and then again in 85. Nice photos!

Skhye said...

What a fabulous trip! I'm so jealous. Thanks for sharing. Skhye

Molly Daniels said...

Beautiful pics, Mona!

Mona Risk said...

Ironeyes, I am gladmy pictures remind you places you saw.

Hi Skye, I'm glad you enjoy the pictures. I enjoy looking at them every day.

Hi Molly, glad you like them.

Elaine Cantrell said...

You had fun! Wish I could have been there. Thanks for sharing your trip with us.