|Camera in my hand while Tom carried our little insulated bag with chilled bottled water as we exited the boat for a tour.|
|The first night aboard the river boat for a lecture by our cruise director Enrico, about the upcoming adventure.|
Why did we choose this particular tour/cruise? During our past 13 ocean-going cruises we had opportunities to ask other cruisers as to their favorites.
|Visit to Ho Chi Minh Memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam.|
For Tom, having lost his brother-in-law Ernie (brother of his ex-wife) whom was KIA in Vietnam in 1970, always felt visiting Vietnam was some sort of betrayal.
|Not quite clear (not our photo) at dinner aboard the river boat with some of the many new friends we made on the cruise/'tour.|
My reasons were less profound. One, I wanted to see Tom find peace in the process and two, an immense curiosity after reading and hearing over a period of many years, of how both Cambodia and Vietnam as they've recovered from the war and decades of horror and strife, now welcome citizens of the US and others from around the world with open arms.
|This day's ride through Phnom Penh in a rickshaw proved to be very uncomfortable for me and I was thrilled when it was over. Otherwise, it would have been a fabulous outing in the busy city.|
Tom's most meaningful experience of the entire period we spent in Cambodia and Vietnam was the visit to the Cu Chi Tunnel which left him reeling over acquiring a better understanding of the perils of war and the challenges of life for the soldiers during these many years. Please click here for the first of our several links for Tom's personal experiences in the Cu Chi Tunnel. Please see our archives for the remaining posts in this series, a few days later.
|At the Kampong Cham Temple in Cambodia.|
|Not a big fan of "selfies" I took this one of us as we began the ride through the old French quarter in Hanoi, riding in what was referred to as an "electric car," comparable to a six person golf cart.|
|A beautiful young girl and adorable boy at the orphanage in Kampong Cham.|
Its not always about the popular tourist attraction and taking good photos to share. Its about filling our hearts and minds with humility, awe and wonder of the world around us, its people, their culture and their way of life.
|The reflection of Tom's head in the plastic headliner in a taxi in Hanoi after purchasing his tennis shoes. Its silly things like this that makes us laugh out loud.|
May your life's journey bring you joy and purpose.
Photo from one year ago today, August 3, 2015:
|We spotted this kilometer distance meter at a scenic overlook in Port Douglas, Australia which illustrates distances to various cities throughout the world. For more photos, please click here.|