Travel Times: Saigon, Vietnam

Over the summer, I spent a week in the vibrant and bustling city of Ho Chi Minh otherwise known before the war as Saigon.  Quite cosmopolitan, after staying with friends in a real life housing community (more Bentley's per sq mile)  for two days we made our home at the iconic Rex Hotel in District 1 was steps away from the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the Municipal Theatre.  Not to mention, the Chanel store, Cartier, Balenciaga, Chloe and more!  Happened to be living below us.  Yes, I was in heaven and didn't even need to cross the street (which is very dangerous in Saigon). 

Our time in Saigon was not as spiritual as Bali and we really never left the city as Mr. Schwab had many expat friends to visit with, I tagged along and had a blast meeting new friends over endless dinners and drinks.   

What struck me, was the french influence and culture is still alive today not only in the architecture, but in the food as well.  The french markets were the best and the cheese was just as delish as being home in California.  The Mid-century modern gems were also a delight as noted here in my pics of the Reunification Palace.

It was a wonderful trip and I'm sure we'll get back soon!  Au revoir Saigon ~