HUE………………..

Yesterday ( Monday 25 /11/13 ) I went to visit the Thien Mu Pagoda in Hue which is situated a few kilometres away from my hotel on the other side of the Perfume river, which is the river that runs through Hue……….

Built in 1601, the Pagoda has seven storeys, it is the tallest in Vietnam and is regarded as the unofficial symbol of the ancient imperial capitol; it was battering down with rain yesterday and the daylight was very dull, almost eerie, which threw a different challenge to my camera settings compared to the usual problem of fighting against overexposure in bright sunlight…………

 

The Pagoda and its grounds are some distance from anywhere else, so they have built a small block ( above ) which is discreetly tucked away in the corner of the grounds, housing a Mens and Ladies toilet, with of course, separate entrances……

And below, for anyone experiencing a gender identification crisis, they have thoughtfully fitted a pair of saloon style swing doors interconnecting the two toilets………..you couldn’t script it could you ??

Above…………one of the many bridges that span the vast flood of the Perfume river

And below………..crossing it on my motorcycle taxi coming back from my trip to the Pagoda

Below are a few shots near my hotel in Hue

oh yes…………..something that I have spent my whole life aspiring to………..riding on the back of a small, cheap, underpowered and  malfunctioning motorbike, holding a large pane of glass in front of my face and my dangly bits………………… whoopeeeeee !!

Below………..I can be relied upon to find a Vespa dealership, wherever I am in the world.

Above lovely 125 Primavera …………..and below, they even had a few new Lambrettas for sale…………….

 

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