Wednesday, May 23, 2012

First impressions.. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

This is going to be one of those odd memories that always stays with me.
I like to record my first impressions of a place when I travel. 
I also like to record the views outside each of my hotel windows 
when I wake up the first morning. I guess I like strange things.

 It was a hot and steamy night in Ho Chi Minh and we had just left the airport.
As we sat at a traffic light, I looked around to get some idea 
of what Ho Chi Minh was all about. This is what I saw and this is what I recorded.
My first impression of Ho Chi Minh.
I like it. :)

image ~jeanne henriques 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Five Travelling Trunks and a curious dog...

On our doorstep, five travelling trunks and a curious dog.

It is starting, the note taking, the measuring, the clearing, the packing. I have the drill down pat but it doesn't make it any easier. I decided to pull out the big guns and ordered five extra large shipping trunks. Made in England...they are built to last, or so they say.

My plan is to conquer and divide. In essence, these will be travelling trunks for my four children and myself. Mr. H, my travelling partner, already has two...that have not been opened in many many years. Last I checked they were full of comic books, stamps and assorted miscellaneous materials that his mother could not wait to pass on to me when we married. I intend to do the same to my children.

In the upcoming weeks, to the garage I will go, with my children, to determine which of their precious belongings will go into their storage trunk. They have been warned that they will not see said trunk for several years. They are going into storage somewhere in Australia. The plan is to return the trunk to them when they have a place of their own. I still have time up my sleeve on that front. They will know when the time is right.

Once their trunks are sealed, I get to start on mine. Decisions, decisions.... 
If you are as fascinated by these trunks as I am, you can learn all about them here.

image~jeanne henriques

Discovering The Nam Hai, Vietnam

Seeing that I promised myself I would keep all reference to our experiences in Vietnam on this blog. I am bringing over a post I wrote on our visit to The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam....

Seeing that it is the weekend and seeing that very little sun has shined upon England for weeks.
I thought I would take you on a little weekend break to The Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam.
With Mother's Day coming up in some parts of the world, I think we deserve it, don't you?

If you fly into Ho Chi Minh you need only to hop on a plane for an hours flight up to Danang.
Not far from the airport is the ancient town of Hoi An, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On the outskirts, along a beach on the South China Sea, you will find The Nam Hai resort. 
You will know as soon as you turn into the drive from the main road that you are in for
something special. Can I say it in pictures? I think it says it best.

Any jet lag that may wearily hang from your body will very slowly start to slip
away within the first few minutes of your arrival.

It just gets better and better...

Even when the resort is wouldn't know it.
I love that feeling, don't you?

Whatever your pleasure...
you will be happy to sip along as that last bit of jet lag packs 
it's bags and hits the road.

The Nam Hai offers unobstructed views of the sea 
from every villa and a lovely sea it is.

You can do everything and anything at The Nam Hai
or you can choose to 'just be'. 

I just wanted to be....still..
It was easy to find peace and serenity.

From the moment you walk into your villa..

to the view from the villa...

to the inside of your villa... it all says 'relax'.

As you can see from these photos...I had time on my hands.
I was thinking of you...the possibility that I might entice
one or two readers to visit this wonderful spot in Vietnam.

It could be just what you are looking for.

Not to be missed is a bike ride around the property and into
a garden...The Nam Hai garden.

These curvaceous pots are dotted along the property..
pulling you from one to the other.

Fancy a pot?

Believe it or not, this is just skims the surface of what The Nam Hai has to offer.
For those looking for action, there is plenty of it. If you like to explore, discover, shop,
meditate, create..they have all that and more. We are heading back to The Nam Hai
with the whole family to do just that.

I have so much more to show you but I do not want to exhaust you. 
I will say that the night views are pretty spectacular and the spa and the food...
I will be back with more on The Nam day soon. did I do?
Did I entice you just a little bit to travel to Vietnam?
Would you put The Nam Hai on your travel list?

Just so you know...this is just me being me.
I have not been asked to show favours to the resort..
I just write about things I love and this spot moves me.

The Nam Hai images~me