Weekly Travel Musing – 2

Q – what do you do if somebody steals your shoes / sandals / thongs if you are in a country where it is common practise to take them off when entering premises?

A – walk barefoot.

The Pilgrimage, Hue – the Perfect, Magical Escape

The Pilgrimage, Hue – the Perfect, Magical Escape

I spent 4 days / 3 nights at the Pilgrimage Resort in Hue. It is in a serene jungle setting that is impossibly beautiful. My visit was in the middle of a hectic trek across the length of Vietnam in a pretty short space of time. I was tired from pit stops and long train journeys and I was craving some much needed R&R. The Pilgramage Resort did not disappoint.

   
  
  
The resort is fairly large and the walk from reception through the lush trees and rooms tucked away is beautiful. The swim up bar in the pool is a great hang out spot for cocktails during the daily happy hour.

We checked into our honeymoon pool villa which was just stunning. It was modern, clean and very tastefully decorated. 

   
The sunken bath went down particularly well with me! 

  
  
I have always wanted to visit Hue and the famous perfume river, but it was much more touristy and built up than I had imagined. Hue city is fantastic, but I prefer staying somewhere a little quieter, which is why this property is so superb. It is located in a residential area which gives you the feeling of ‘real’ Vietnam. The walls back on to the village and homes. The hotel provides regular free shuttle buses to the centre which is really handy.

The resort runs free tai chi and yoga classes daily which I participated in. The tai chi takes place pool side, very early so as not to be disturbed and it was magical. The yoga was partly ashtanga and partly postures which was ideal and really got my blood flowing. Later that day my partner and I relaxed with a full body Vietnamese massage in the stunning spa. I am somewhat of a massage expert (having had one a month for the past 5 years) and this treatment was easily in the top 1%.

The good news is that you can book a room at this resort from around just 55 dollars a night which is insanely good value.

Bookings can be made direct on the hotels website:- 

http://www.pilgrimagevillage.com

I left this resort feeling energised and rejuvenated. I actually could have stayed for another week! Thank you, Pilgrimage hotel.

Look Up More…

Look Up More…

I realised recently that most of us look within our line of vision to appreciate the beauty of a town or landscape. It occurred to me that this is cutting out maybe 60% of the actual view on offer and if we ‘look up’ more, there is so much more to be seen. It’s like you are seeing beneath the facade of what that particular location wants you to see and can appreciate the reality of this space.

I have taken some photos of a different perspective of towns and places and I feel that by seeing these, I have really seen the place.

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Homes and flats above the shops in the city centre, Hanoi, Vietnam.
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A stunningly unusual tree in Kerala, India.
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Flats and homes above businesses in central London, England.
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Beautiful art work for sale in Ubud, Bali.
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The white blob on the top balcony is actually a cat balancing on the edge, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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The detail in the upstairs / terrace of this old house, Malta.
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The actual insane beauty of the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain.
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Rooftops and flowers taken in beautiful Bali, Indonesia.