Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Emperor Bao Dai's Summer Palace




Emperor Bao Dai Summer Palace


We visited Emperor Bao Dai's (Biet Dien Quoc Truong, or Dinh 3) Summer Palace, a fancy 25-room villa built in 1933. It still has the same furnishings that were there when he trundled off to France with his Empress.

The engraved glass map of Vietnam was given to Emperor Bao Dai in 1942 by Vietnamese students in France.


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Sitting room

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The bedroom. Looking out from the balcony you could see his magnificent gardens.


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The beautiful gardens outside. Kudos to whomever overturned the soil back here.

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"Could you please send over to the Summer Palace a large, vegetarian pizza? All dressed, but hold the green peppers."


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I was amazed by how you were allowed to sit down anywhere and leave your sticky fingerprints all over the furniture. If it were anywhere in North America, you'd be frog-marched out of the place.


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There were some really neat garden toys that we could play on. We had a ball!


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