We are back in Penang after a 20 day adventure that took us flying (literally) around the world. We spent a majority of our time in the good old U.S.of A, visiting family and friends, eating delicious cheese and tacos, stocking our suitcases and shopping till we dropped. The rest of our time was spent on airplanes with our total transit time topping 60 hours!
Details of our trip to come, but for those of you wondering, we really did fly all the way around the world! Here was our path:
Penang --> Hong Kong --> Toronto --> Detroit, MI --> Austin, TX --> Detroit, MI --> Rochester, NY -->New York --> Frankfurt, Germany --> Singapore --> Penang
The Hartners currently have no further travel booked.... any bets on how long that will last??
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
A short cab ride or a very sweaty bike ride and we were on a beautiful stretch of white sand under cabanas that cost us $3 a day to rent. We spent every morning and afternoon here, alternating between the shade and the ocean, while having drinks brought to our cabana.
|This view will never get old!|
|All I can say is VACATION!!|
It seems that every other store in Hoi An's Old Town is a tailor shop. Thanks to Nikki and Leon, we did not have to choose from the countless shops, instead we used their well-established and highly recommended tailor. Eric and I both indulged our inner shopper. I had 6 dresses made, 3 pairs of shorts and a skirt; while Eric had shorts and several work shirts made.
|There were literally thousands of fabrics to choose from|
|Custom adjustments to make sure the clothes fit just right!|
|Custom shoes anyone?? We walked away with 4 pairs!|
Gorgeous, romantic and picturesque. The tiny lantern lit streets make you feel like you are in Europe. The food is equally as good. Here are a few more shots of our trip.
|The quaint streets|
|The preferred method of transportation here|
|Al fresco dining in cute gardens|
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Over Hari Raya, we decided to capitalize on Eric's two extra days off and head north to Vietnam. This was our second trip there this year, but this time we explored Ho Chi Minh City, aka, Saigon and the charming town of Hoi An. We spent 3 days in Saigon exploring this large, modern, Asian city, taking in the historic sites, drinking famed Vietnamese coffee, shopping, eating and drinking proper German beer.
|Reunification Palace - this is where "Saigon Fell" to the North Vietnamese during the War|
|One of the tanks that broke down the gates during the "reunification" of Vietnam|
|Overlooking the palace grounds and envisioning Ho Chi Minh addressing the Vietnamese||...|
Needless to say, after we visited the museum, we b-lined it for the largest drink we could find, and that we did. We stumbled upon The Lion - a German Beer bar and Eric almost cried with excitement. After a liter of beer, we were able to carry on with our day.
|This pretty much sums it up! Eric was in heaven!|
|Fresh cold beer to cap off our visit to the museum|
|Iced or hot? Strong, medium or mild? Milk? How do you like your coffee?|
|My high octane morning fix. This stuff is no joke!|