|Late rainy dinner in Phan Rang|
|Water Buffalo walk by our hotel|
as we were waiting in the lobby
We caught a few hours sleep after the big dinner and then at 8:30am we met the families downstairs after a quick breakfast and boarded one LARGE Ford Van to zoom out to the Thap Cham beach area and the beautiful East Sea. We went for a cruise around some of the bay area but our snorkeling was scuttled when the parents felt the water was too deep and they didn't want the young children, under 7 years old, going in the ocean. We drove through beautiful mountains by the ocean looking for an acceptable beach but gave up after a while and skipped the swimming and instead went back to the
|Fishing Boats in the harbor and the hills in the background. A surprising feature|
of the area was the large amount of cactus growing -- Hollis felt deja vu all over
again to growing up in Arizona.
The metropolitan area has about 400 thousand folks so while much smaller than HCMC or Ha Noi it is not small. Long Beach CA is slightly larger in pop and area for comparison. Oh, by the time we got to the top of the hill it was raining and continued to rain while we toured. The thick clouds did not help with the photography.
|Phan Rang from a top the hill with the Cham Temple looking East, Southeast|
|and looking West Northwest if my sense of direction is right.|
This province is famous for salt fields and production, grapes and apples, fishing, garlic, wool (so lots of sheep grazing everywhere), goats, cows. We also saw a HUGE power plant along the coastline. Along with many government and people's organization buildings (this town is the capital of the province) we saw lots of parks - some especially for children - and an inspiring American War Memorial.
After getting down off the hill in the rain we went back to the hotel to get a few minutes of rest and then off for a dinner at a locally famous restaurant serving chicken and rice, pickled and fresh vegetables and lots of toasts with ice cooled beer. Mo, hi, bah, Yo! again. The next bog pages will be with pictures of the Wedding Ceremony and the Party!