Saturday 5th MarchRest Day: 0 km, a sightseeing day.
Today we explored Huê – an ancient citadel on the banks of the Perfume River where the Vietnamese Emperors lived with their concubines until 1954. Before we left home I read a book I would highly recommend called ‘Daughters of the River Huong’. It painted a picture of Vietnam over several hundreds of years, exploring history through the eyes of successive daughters. They lived in Huê and so I was intrigued. Sadly, much of the ancient city has been destroyed by wars or earthquakes but enough remained for the imagination to fill the deficit. There is a strong sense of tranquility and some rare quietness among the walled gardens and palace rooms. It’s a big contrast with the incessant clatter outside. A contrast probably experienced by the characters in my book.