Monday, June 27, 2011

Another day outside

Today we went to the park that's just in front of the apartment we will most likely rent - it's awesome. It's the second time we go to the park and Raphaël always make friends.

Then we went to eat in a pricey but good restaurant - Raph charmed the whole staff as usual. He really liked the fish tanks.

That picture was taken yesterday. Can you find him?

On this, I leave you with a picture taken from the window of our hotel.

And one from the balcony of our maybe future apartment.

Friday, June 24, 2011

A visit at the zoo

A few days ago, we went to the zoo the three of us. The Saigon zoo is quite large and I was surprised at all the species they had. Raph was not really impressed by the elephants, tigers or rhinos. Families and teens there were REALLY impressed by Raphaël, though. Now that I think of it, we should have charged a few thousand dongs to everybody touching him.

We were able to take a few pictures, here they are.

Monday, June 20, 2011

We're there!

Today is our fourth day in Saigon and I still love it. Our hotel is in a nice area, not too close from downtown so we don't see that many backpackers and tourists. Yesterday we went to see the Pham Ngu Lao area and it was strange to see that many white guys.

It's definitely a very strange city, it never seems to sleep. Even at 1AM, the streets are filled with honking mopeds. Walking anywhere is an experience: you have to dodge motorcycles, step over holes in the pavement, beware of litter, etc. Walking around with a kid is even more special, as Raphaël draws all the stares. People shout at him from the other side of the street, smile at him, touch him. So far he was given one of those typical conical hats, a big inflatable frog and pastries.

I love the noise, I love the controlled chaos, I even love the filth and the polluted air.