Jardin Schnurr

Joined March 2017
  • Day13

    Hoi Ann

    February 13 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Couple day stop over in Hoi An to check our the city and sights and get fitted for some new jackets and suits. Can’t beat Vietnam custom pricing and the speed they work at! Nothing like celebrating Valentine’s Day 💑 with a good bottle of wine... something hard to come by in Asia! Jardin decided to get a beard trim and experienced not only his first straight blade trim but also his first ear cleaning by a barber...who knew when he strapped on a head lamp and rolled out his tools on Jardin’s chest 🤷🏼‍♂️Read more

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  • Day11

    Hue to Hoi An and everything inbetween

    February 11 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    First stop on drive from Hue to Hoi An was a photo op of Lan Co beach but no beach time 🏖 today. Next stop was Ba Na Hills and the mystic Golden Bridge constructed in the ancient 2018 period with the rocklike hands made of the finest steel mesh and high quality fiberglass. The pork skewer and the Vietnamese donut was something else at the park as Jardin had a rough night 🤮💩. The ride on the world’s longest gondola was pretty cool and the views from above the jungle were amazing! Next and last stop was Marble Mountain in Da Nang with amazing Buddhas and dragons carved out of the mountain.Read more

  • Day9

    Hue - Our Self Food Tour

    February 9 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    When in Rome...or rather Vietnam you try the local food. Sometimes it’s not so appetizing such as the Banh Beo - savory steamed rice cakes (tastes like nothing) or Banh Bat Loc - cake make of tapioca and shrimp (not sure how you can call this cake 🤢) or Bun bo Hue - rice vermicelli noodles and beef soup or Bun Bo - Hue beef noodle soup and Nem Lui - pork lemongrass skewers at the local market. I think the favorite was the salt coffee ☕️ and local Huda beer 🍻Read more

  • Day7

    Phong Nha - Cave Tour

    February 7 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    We had a relaxing quiet farm stay that overlooked the surrounding rice fields and the Phong Nha National Park. What beautiful mountains and jungle... but it was the caves that were even more magical! Paradise Cave - known as the most beautiful cave was found in 2005 and opened to the public in 2010. It was formed over 350 million years ago and is 1.4km in length and is 60-70m in height.Read more

  • Day6

    Con Dao...the former Prision Island

    February 6 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    While beautiful there is a haunting feeling, being the former prison island which the French established in 1861 to house political prisoners which became infamous for its brutal treatment of prisoners and notorious “tiger cages”. In the tiger cages the guards would toss lye on the prisoners from above as a form of torture. In 1954 it was handed over to the Vietnamese government and used for the same purposes. Today just the eerie feeling remains.Read more

  • Day5

    Happy New Year... Chinese Lunar that is!

    February 5 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    It’s the year of the Pig! 🐷 The locals celebrated with a carnival in the streets with performances, games, flowers and street meat. Andrea couldn’t resist not trying chicken feet 🤢. We woke to the beating of a drum and cymbals clanging at 2am - we later saw the next morning it was the dragon lion dance the locals were performing to bring prosperity to various homes and businesses.Read more

  • Day3

    Con Dao Islands, Vietnam

    February 3 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌬 25 °C

    After 5 flights and 30 hours of traveling we finally made it to our first destination..the peaceful yet haunted island of Con Dao, Vietnam. A few memories along the way... Andrea said she needed these big of headphones to block out me nagging at her 🤷🏼‍♂️🙄; how can you tell we are back in Asia - the Hello Kitty is everywhere!?! 🙈Read more

  • Day34

    Headed home on a jet plane...

    April 29, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    It was unexpected and sudden...we found out that Andrea's grandma Audrey passed away last weekend. While tough to leave we made the call to come home for the funeral. We were disappointed to end the trip early by 3 weeks but knew it was for the best. There is always another time to visit but only once to say goodbye.

    We travelled for just over a month, covering 4 countries (Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam) and over 34,000km. It was quite a ride seeing such a different part of the world. Sitting in our home reflecting back, we see how truly lucky we are and how much we really do take for granted. It definitely gives a person a different perspective to see how people so poor but yet so happy and relaxed.

    I think we may have caught something on this trip... I believe it is called "the travel bug" as we are already talking about the next trip. Till next time...stay safe, play safe and enjoy this epic world we live in!
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