Still working my way thru pictures from last week. We toured the city of Hue (pronounced “Way”). First stop was the burial temple of Kahi Dihn. Lots of concrete and marble on the outside. Very colorful paintings and mosaics on the inside.
Kahi Dihn had 12 wives but only 1 child. As our guide put it, “He was not that interested in the ladies”.
Next was the burial temple of Tu Duc. Had 104 wives, but no children due to smallpox as a child. His autobiography said he had 3 sins – no child, letting France invade, and couldn’t bring happiness to everybody. The compound was much more scenic with many lakes, canals, and curved walkways.
Toured the local market. Bought Maddie some Chinese lanterns and a t-shirt. Had the normal market scenery.
But then we found the trifecta – chicken, squid, and brain. Not sure what kind of brain, but believe it was pork.
Our last stop was the Imperial City and Forbidden City. It was a small walled in city that was only for the King, his family, and his entourage. 70% of it was destroyed during the several wars that ravaged the area.
After that, it was too hot to do anything else. So, we went back to hotel and played cards by pool.