Saturday, 27 February 2010

Saturday 27th February

We started the day walking to some of the sights around Hoi An - there's a strange system where you buy a ticket at the start of the day and you can use it to get into one museum, one house, one assembly hall, etc. If you want to go into another one of anything you have to buy another ticket. The old houses are built in quite an eclectic style - a mixture of Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese almost on top of one another. They haven't quite got the hang of subtle, light-weight engineering yet though... We've included a selection of pictures from a Chinese Assembly building, domestic temple etc. The Chinese Assembly Building had some giant incense coils suspended from the ceiling (smoke taking your prayers to heaven - and the ash falling on your head).
After a couple of sites it was time to visit Caroline's first tailor... The summer dress actually turned out quite well and she decided to wear it for the afternoon. A bit cooler in the scorching heat that starts at 10am and doesn't abate until about 5pm.

Later visits to tailors 2 & 3 also proved successful. They've made the usual mistakes with Olly's suit - no he doesn't have a waist quite that large, just believe the measurements you made... Caroline's winter coat looked really good, but it's not quite the climate for trying it on. Second fittings tomorrow... We'll try to get a couple of photos.

In the evening we strolled through the Full Moon festival which is held every lunar month. Sounds like a good excuse for regular parties really. They launch hundreds of little candle boats out onto the river - it was beautiful. Also strange games (including a violent variant of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, where blindfolded contestants tried to break clay pots full of ???) and communal pavement dinners.

Coment of the day came from an American lady in the hotel. When discussing our holiday her comment to Caroline was: "You don't look like a trekker - you look too good." :-)

Read in the news about the 8.8 earthquake in Chile. It was only 70 miles from Conception. Rather glad we're not there now!

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