Just the Pictures (Vietnam) Marketplace and street in Ho Chi Minh City. Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. Front view of Notre Dame Cathedral. Independence Palace (also known as the “Reunification Palace”). Motorbikes traveling on both the road and sidewalk in Vietnam. Bottle of Dalat red wine, produced in Vietnam. Saigon Lager. Independence Palace. The entrance to the Independence Palace. The state banqueting hall inside the palace. The Command Center in the bunker underneath the palace. The Presidential reception rooms, where President Thieu and Henry Kissinger met in 1972, leading up to the Paris Peace Accords. Helicopter pad with a UH-1 “Huey” on top of the Independence Palace. The game room inside the Independence Palace. Painting of ‘The Two Kieu Sisters’ by Le Chanh on display in the Independence Palace. The War Remnants Museum with United States military equipment that had been left behind on display. United States Army CH-47 “Chinook”. United States Air Force F-5E aircraft. Propaganda poster (one of many) found in Ho Chi Minh City. The Saigon Post Office. The Museum of History in Ho Chi Minh City. The Jade Emperor Pagoda. Inside the Jade Emperor Pagoda. The Jade Emperor at the back of the temple. A shrine inside the Jade Emperor Pagoda. Another view of the Jade Emperor inside his pagoda. Example of a “Tiger Cage” used by the South Vietnamese. Guillotine brought to Indochina by the French. United States Army M48-A3 tank left behind in Vietnam and now on display at the War Remnants Museum. The Saigon Opera House. Motorists driving past the Ben Thanh market. Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City. The inside of Notre Dame Cathedral. Stained glass windows in Notre Dame Cathedral. Memorial plaques inside Notre Dame Cathedral. Poster in the city celebrating the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh’s birth. The Ho Chi Minh Museum in the city named after him. Artwork of Ho Chi Minh watering some plants. Painting of Ho Chi Minh and his comrades. Items that belonged to Ho Chi Minh. Ho Chi Minh City seen from the Saigon River. No tuk-tuks and cycle-rickshaws allowed – this sign should be everywhere. The Saigon Opera House at night. My view of the A O Show inside the Saigon Opera House Interesting display at a Hermès boutique featuring a centaur. Bottle of Dalat white wine. One of the shelters inside the Cu Chi Tunnels park. An original entrance to the Cu Chi Tunnels – the wood door has long since rotted away. Example of a “rolling trap” used by the Viet Cong. Depiction of an imperialist lackey falling in to trap set by the Viet Cong. Woman making rice paper. Tools used to make rice wine. Visitors entering inside the Cu Chi Tunnels. Inside the Cu Chi Tunnels. Crater left by a B-52 in the jungle. Street in Ho Chi Minh City. A building named Phat Giao in Can Tho. The Khmer Pagoda of Munirangsyaram. Family hanging out in the main hall of the Khmer Pagoda of Munirangsyaram. Looking out from the main hall in the Khmer Pagoda of Munirangsyaram. Quang Duc Pagoda. Buildings in Can Tho. Alleyway in Can Tho. Banana boat docked next to the large market on Hai Bà Trưng Street. Inside the large marketplace on Hai Bà Trưng Street. Boat dock on the Can Tho River. The market along Hai Bà Trưng Street. Vegetables being sold on the side of the street in the market. A temple in Can Tho. Statue of Ho Chi Minh. Food stalls lined up on a street in Can Tho. The sunrise over the Can Tho River. Fishermen using a net in the Can Tho River. Homes along the shore of the Can Tho River. Cai Rang floating market. Spreading the rice flour mixture on a cloth stretched out over a fire to cook and congeal it. The rice noodle factory. Laying the congealed rice flour mixture on a mesh carrier. Drying out the rice flour mixture – the last step before cutting it in to noodles. The Phong Dien floating market. Woman rowing her boat through the floating market. Merchants in the Phong Dien floating market. Puppy playing around bundles of bananas on a boat. Another view of the Phong Dien floating market. The many boats selling merchandise in the Phong Dien floating market. Women merchants in the Phong Dien floating market. A woman merchant buying goods from another merchant in the Phong Dien floating market. Our boat moving through the canal surrounded by jungle. Boat docked in a shelter next to canal’s bank. Our boat and driver passing under a “monkey bridge” over the canal. An old man mending a net in his boat. Two farmers working in the watermelon field. Rice paddy with vegetables and banana trees on the right. Net hung over the canal. Lotus flower in bloom. White rose dumplings. Stir-fried beef with ginger, onions, peppers, pineapple, tomatoes, and carrots. Hoi An at night seen from the waterfront. A historic building in Hoi An at night. Paper lanterns hanging from restaurants along the waterfront in Hoi An. Paper lanterns for sale in Hoi An. The Mỹ Sơn ruins. Ruins in groups “B”, “C”, and “D” at Mỹ Sơn. Another view of the Mỹ Sơn ruins. Relief on display inside one of the buildings in Mỹ Sơn. The ruins seen from another angle. Yoni sculpture in the ruins. Linga sculpture standing tall amongst the ruins. Reliefs on the side of one of the structures at Mỹ Sơn ruins. Another photo showing the Mỹ Sơn ruins. Original bricks stacked and glued on the left and poorly restored bricks cemented together on the right at Mỹ Sơn ruins. Structure in the Mỹ Sơn ruins. One last view of the ruins in groups “B”, “C”, and “D”. Heavily restored temple in group “G” in the Mỹ Sơn ruins. Closeup of reliefs on the restored temple. Cat’s Tooth Mountain in the distance. The wooded path back to the parking lot from the ruins. Two women carrying trays of fruit hanging from wooden poles. The deluge that occurred today while I was walking in Hoi An. Traditional costumes from the indigenous people of Vietnam. Silkworm cocoon attached to a mulberry tree outside. Silkworms feeding on mulberry leaves in a tray – they are soft to the touch. White silkworm cocoons on a tray. Yellow silkworm cocoons attached to many sticks in this rectangular piece. Two women unraveling the silk from boiled cocoons. Traditional weaving on a long loom with coral flowers used as weights. A “Cuu Dien” weaving loom on the right. Bridge connecting the city center of Hoi An to a small peninsula across the water inlet. A historic building in Hoi An’s old town. Hoi An waterfront during the afternoon. “Superior” Dalat red wine. The gate leading to the Quang Trieu Assembly Hall. Dragon sculptures inside the Quang Trieu Assembly Hall. Painted relief in the Quang Trieu Assembly Hall. The main shrine temple inside the Quang Trieu Assembly Hall. The front room in the old house of Phung Hung. Inside the old house of Phung Hung. View from the old house of Phung Hung. The Hoi An waterfront. The Japanese Covered Bridge. Aged buildings in Hoi An. Women selling flowers and vegetables in the near the Central Market in Hoi An. Steps leading up to the gate inside the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. The gate in Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Painted relief on the wall inside Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Shrine inside Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. The temple altar in Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Inside the Phuc Kien Assembly Hall. Ram cuon – deep fried spring rolls with Indian taro, carrots, shrimp, pork, potatoes, and spices. My Vietnamese painting. The miniature lantern I made. A street in Hoi An during dusk. View of the old buildings in Hoi An at dusk. My dinner overlooking the Hoi An waterfront. The Vietnamese shoreline seen through a dirty train window. Stream in the jungle below the train tracks. Inside the train car. More of Vietnam seen through a scummy window. Sunset over a farm, just north of Hue. Monument in Hanoi (the soldier is carrying an anti-tank bomb). Trấn Quốc Pagoda on a small island in Hanoi’s West Lake (now connected by a causeway). One of the Buddha statues on the pagoda. Decorations adorning the outside of one of the temple halls in Trấn Quốc Pagoda. Many golden Buddha statues in one of the halls in Trấn Quốc Pagoda. Warrior figurine in one of the halls in Trấn Quốc Pagoda. Ho Chi MInh’s Mausoleum. The Presidential Palace. Carp pond on the Presidential Palace’s grounds. One-Pillar Pagoda. The Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi. Statue of Uncle Ho in his museum. Clothes that belonged to Ho Chi MInh – it’s ironic that he used to dress like a European colonial ruler. Abstract exhibit in the Ho Chi Minh Museum (I think it’s supposed to show the fruits of the Vietnamese farmers’ labor). Flag Tower of Hanoi. Wreckage of United States Air Force aircraft shot down during the Vietnam War. Aircraft on display in the Vietnam Military History Museum. The entrance to Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as “Hanoi Hilton”). Exhibition of prison life for the detainees under French Colonial rule. The flight suit John McCain was wearing when he was shot down and detained – supposedly. USAF Col John P. Flynn’s prison clothes while staying at the Hanoi Hilton (they hardly look used . . . hmmm . . . ). Painting of Vietnamese prisoners performing a play on the lunar new year. Staged photograph produced during the war to show the world the living conditions for POWs at the Hanoi Hilton – the prisoners’ testimonies are vastly different. Tortoise Pagoda in Hoan Kiem Lake – dedicated to the tortoise that gave General Le Loi a sword to defeat the Chinese in the 15th century. The Water Puppet Theater with musicians on the left. St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Hanoi. Tour boats docked at the marina in Ha Long Bay. Lunch during our cruise in Ha Long Bay. Ha Long Bay. Limestone islands in the bay. Another tour boat in Ha Long Bay. More islands in the bay. A number of tour boats docked at the floating platforms on the left. Row boats ready to take passengers to the island’s lagoons. Cave leading in to one of the island’s lagoons. Looking back at the cave connecting the bay and the island’s hidden lagoon. A man rowing his boat in Ha Long Bay. More limestone outcroppings in the bay. Tour boats continuing on their journeys. Looking back as our boat leaves the floating platforms. Our boat maneuvering around the edge of the island. The “Kissing Cocks” rock formation. Islands in the bay back-lit by the sun. The docks at Thien Cung Island that lead to the grotto’s entrance. Sunlight shining through inside Thien Cung Grotto. Another view of the sunlight beams in Thien Cung Grotto. Colorfully lit rock formations inside Thien Cung Grotto. View of Thien Cung Island from the grotto’s exit.