It’s been a while since we’ve blogged on our travels, and, due to popular demand (read: peer pressure from a few friends), we’re back. I’m not committing to a post everyday, but one round-up of highlights from each city we visit seems very do-able to me! Hope you enjoy reading them!
The locals here call it Saigon, and you'll see both names used interchangeably. We think it's a traditional identity thing, similar to Leningrad/St. Petersburg. EAT:
Bông Súng - Vegetarian restaurant near Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral. We ate pho (that had some great tofu) and spring rolls (which were so-so). Tons of options, and a menu with images, so you can see what you’re ordering! Decent WiFi, too!
My Bahn Mi - The Banh Mi is a classic Vietnamese sandwich, traditionally served with pork, pickled veggies, herbs, and mayo on a baguette (gotta love that French colonial influence). Tofu and egg banh mis are also common vegetarian options. My Banh Mi was started by two notable chefs wor…
(posted by Emily) Friday 27 June This morning was an early one for us--ironic, since we had to wait till after 9:30 to get on the train in order to travel during off-peak hours. Rick and I were both up around 4am. Who knows why, but hopefully this jet lag will subside quickly! After figuring out the best travelcard option for us (an unlimited day travel card for £18 each), we hopped on the train out of Roydon.
It was about 40 minutes to Stratford on National Rail, and once we arrived, we switched over to the Tube to head to Covent Garden. Since we were celebrating Rick's birthday one day late, our food choices for the day were up to him. Lunch was planned for Wild Food Cafe, in Neal's Yard. We arrived before they opened, so spent some time wandering around shopping and sightseeing before heading back.
We happened up the National Portrait Gallery while wandering, one of the many museums with free admission on London. We figured, if it's free....why not? It was a speedy trip,…