|Look how clean and non-scruffy Capt'n looks!
That evening we were off to the train station again.
|Despite Paul's big smile, it was not comfortable
This train ride was even worse than the other two and was even longer clocking in at about a 13.5 hour ride. The train was going an average of 20 MPH with frequent, violent stops. And to top it off, we were treated with this music blasting through the speakers at 5:30am. It's what I like to wake up to, really.
|But the sunrise was pretty
|And the open fields
|I like how the outside is totally overexposed
|And now it's not but Paul seems upset
|Hue train station
We finally arrived in Hue with the hopes that our hotel would let us check in early. Thankfully the room was available - we walked in and passed out. With some sleep we felt a little more normal so headed out to find some food.
On May 11 we took a day tour of the city which included visits to the tombs in the area, an incense and conical hat making village, a kung fu show, the Citadel, and the Thien Mu Pagoda. We ended the day with a dragon boat ride along the Perfume River.
First stop, Minh Mang Tomb.
|Main entrance to the Minh Mang Tomb is sealed because only the King can use it (we entered from the side)
|Look at this guy
|These guys are the protectors of the tomb (salutation statues)
|I am a protector too
|At the tomb
|The center door is sealed off for the King
|Getting further into the tomb grounds
|Where the Mandarins gathered before entering
|Bridge in Minh Mang Tomb
|It started to pour so we were trapped until it stopped; we then got to walk in mud in our flip flops - fun!
The second tomb we visited was the Khai Dinh Tomb, a blend of Western and Eastern architecture. It was very elaborate with porcelain mosaics throughout the main building.
|Stone statue protectors
|A different perspective
|Khai Dinh Tomb
|Inside the tomb
|It took 11 years to build
|Statue of Emperor Khai Dinh
|Paul enjoying the view
|Walking back down toward street level
We then headed for a short Kung Fu show.
|Lion dancing to kick off the Kung Fu show
|Preparing to break bricks with his head
|Last deep breath
|This guy pushed a sharp blade into his neck without getting hurt, no big deal
We headed to the incense and conical hat making village after the kung fu show.
|Pretty incense colors
|Rolling the incense paste onto the sticks
|No, Paul, it is not for eating!
|...in the making!
After lunch we went to the Citadel.
|Walking to the Citadel
|Inside the Citadel
|About to enter the Forbidden City
|Inside the Forbidden City
|This water droplet looks like mercury on the lotus leaf
|Paul is too happy to be looking into this canon
|Further inside the Forbidden City
|I just keep seeing LORIA!
|Paul is trying to grab some weapons
|Lick lick, dragon
|Indiana Krueger Round
|Pagoda in the background
|In front of a pagoda
|We found thumper (not the dangerous Singaporean game)
|Paul takes in the nice view of the Perfume River
|Getting on the Dragon Boat
|Pretty cool lookin' but excruciatingly slow
|View of the pagoda from the Dragon Boat
|I couldn't resist taking pictures of this cute puppy on board the boat!
|Along the Perfume River
|View of the dragon from inside the boat