Vladimir Cathedral

It’s been quite a while since I left the balmy shores of Lake Bled, with its backdrop of castles, dramatic peaks and rolling green hills.  In fact, the last month has been pretty much the polar opposite.

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My next stop after Hoi An was the imperial city of Hue – former capital city of the Nguyen empire.  An impressive city with lots of atmosphere, you can tell that Hue has a rich history from the moment you set foot in it.  Unfortunately, however, it also feels a bit like a shadow of its former self – perhaps due to the near total destruction of the city by American bombs during the Vietnam War.