Ho Chi Minh City is full of character and bustles with energy - a few snapshots follow.
A Northrop F5 Tiger captured by the North Vietnamese Army during the fall of Saigon at the end of the 'American War'.
The twin jet exhausts of a F5 Tiger and in the background, the propeller and cockpit of a Douglas A1 Sky-raider. These American aircraft are on display at the War Remnants Museum which was formerly named the War Crimes Museum!
A T54 Russian tank used by the North Vietnamese Army. Numbered 848, this tank operated with Brigade 203 and was responsible for the first breach of the gates of the Independence Palace in Saigon at 10:30 am on April 30th 1975 - effectively ending the Vietnam War.
Glorious Tet holiday flowers on display in the center of Ho Chi Minh City.
A cheerful Vietnamese entrepreneur selling genuine fake designer purses - she insisted on a 50 cents payment for the photo since I had refused all her admonishments to buy a purse for Kathleen.
Our favorite cafe in the Dong Khoi district - daily coffee and pastries!
A street vendor offering cold water, lemonade and best of all, cool, fresh coconut juice.
The front facade of the Municipal Theater or Opera House.
Two statues of Classical Greek women symbolically support the roof of the entrance hall to the Opera House, although the nature of the symbolism is somewhat of a mystery.
Safety helmets for mom and dad but not for the kids!
The 14th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting was held in Ho Chi Minh City in November 2006. This delightful photo of a photo shows the APEC leaders looking somewhat self-conscious in a psychedelic Vietnamese costume not dissimilar in style to a moo-moo!
The 'Big Three' leaders - Bush, Putin and Hu Jintao are rubbing shoulders to the right of center. Stephen Harper from Canada is fifth from the right .