On This Day . . .
On March 9, 2016 we were docked in the port of Phu My on the Saigon River in Vietnam, 80 miles from Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon. We took a tour into Saigon to get an overview of the city. Our first stop was the President’s Palace, the home and work place of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnamese War. Our next stop was at the City Museum, originally the Gia Long Palace, which was built by the French between 1885 and 1890. We then proceeded to the Minh Phung lacquer-ware gallery. Lacquerware is a traditional Vietnamese art form that dates back many years and consists of using eggshells, mother of pearl, painting and/or a combination to make a picture. There are 20 stages in the process and it takes a minimum of 100 days to complete. Traveling to the center of old Saigon, we saw some of the classic buildings built by the French in the late 1800’s. We ended our tour of Saigon walking through a street market before returning to the ship and a wonderful Sunset over the Saigon River.