Vietnam - Touring the city of Hue, 2006

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From October to November, 2006, I spent two weeks in the ancient former capital of Vietnam, Hue (pronounced "WAY").  

Vietnam holds a special place in my heart because it is the homeland of my adopted extended family.  In my visit to Hue, I wanted to make a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Vietnam.  You will learn more about her in my journey page "Vietnam - Religious Pilgrimage".

During my visit to Hue, besides the Shrine to Our Lady, I also visited historic churches and a pre-school to which I contribute.

I hope you enjoy the photos, below.  
cathedral_sts_peter_paul.jpg (510819 bytes) The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul from the front gates looking up.  The statue of St. Peter can be seen on the left.  St. Paul is not in view on far left.

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cathedral_door.jpg (748515 bytes) This is my favorite photo.  The open front door leading into the Cathedral.  Note the detail on the door.  This photo hangs in my home.

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group_young_1.jpg (409783 bytes) School children playing in front of the Cathedral doors on break.  They loved having a photo with me.

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cathedral_interior_long.jpg (637925 bytes) An interior shot of the Cathedral.

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cathedral_altar.jpg (720581 bytes) The main altar and the tabernacle.

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cathedral_altar_closeup.jpg (369050 bytes) The high altar with tabernacle.  On the lower right is a hand-painted mural.

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cathedral_altar_closeup_2.jpg (350469 bytes) The high altar from the left side with a different hand-painted mural.

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cathedral_buttresses.jpg (656387 bytes) The left side of the nave from the front doors.

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cathedral_steps_outward_1.jpg (573725 bytes) A view from the front of the Cathedral outside; Hai Nguyen is on the left.

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The main gate and road leading down to the Hong River.  The Hong River was the dividing line between North and South Viet Nam during the war.

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orphanage_kids.jpg (754782 bytes) A pre-school run by the sisters assigned to the Cathedral.  This two building school has about 100 students.  Lay teachers do most of the work.  This is situated behind the Mother House for this 300-year-old religious order, originally founded by Vietnamese.  I was the first white man many of these kids had ever met.  They were very shy until the teacher introduced me.  One student was brave enough to come forward, then the whole place was up for grabs; smiling, laughing, touching the hair on my arms, etc.

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pre-school_blessing.jpg (603409 bytes) Here I am giving the children a blessing. They're all being told to put their hands together in prayer. Note the big smile on the child in the middle looking at his buddy. 

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hue_mother_house_blessing.jpg (572243 bytes) Here I am giving a blessing to the sisters at the Mother House next to the pre-school. The sister with the white hair on the right facing the camera is in her late 90's. She has been in the Order for 82 years! 

The blessing was all mine.

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family_reunion_hue.jpg (593868 bytes) At the home of Hai Nguyen, Hue.  Hai sits to the left of me in the photo.  I brought Hai with me as tour guide and interpreter for Hue and the pilgrimage.  This trip was his first back home since arriving in the US five years ago.  The family had a big celebration welcoming him home and honoring me for his return.

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cyclo.jpg (436353 bytes) Riding the cyclo, the three-wheeled, man-powered taxi.  Hai, Joseph, and I went out at night touring around the outside of the Imperial City.  At night a cool breeze comes in off the ocean.

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