Although it is late we are a little hungry and thirsty. We walk 6 blocks to the DMZ Bar, which was recommended by our guide. It is decorated with war memorabilia and they are playing music from the era of the Vietnam-American War. The bar and restaurant seems to be a favorite of adults of all ages.
Thursday morning begins with a very nice buffet breakfast at the hotel then we check out. Cha Cha gives us a little overview of the town as we drive the short distance to the Imperial City.
The Imperial City was built by the Nguyen Dynasty which ruled from Hue for over 100 years. The last Emperor abdicated in 1945, the same timing as the communist government setup by Ho Chi Minh. The flag tower of the Citadel welcomes us, then we walk through Noon Gate. From there we meander through the remaining and restored buildings of the Imperial City and it’s interior Purple City, which only the Emperor, his wives and children, female servants and eunuchs were allowed to enter.
As we leave the Imperial City we tell Cha Cha that we are ready for a coffee. The driver drops us off at a very local place outside of our next stop, the Da Bang Market. We sit on plastic stools and chairs as they bring our drinks including a sugar cane juice for Jim. He declares it to be very good.