Hue, once home to Emperors, courtiers and concubines, is the place to discover the ancient heart and soul of Vietnam. Located at the mouth of the Perfume River, Hue was the imperial capital of Vietnam’s Nguyen dynasty between 1802 and 1945. We spent two days in the city visiting the Citadel and tomb-hopping our way down the Perfume River.
There are seven royal tombs scattered around Hue, individually designed – some by the intended occupant – some large, opulent and majestic, others which have fallen into disrepair. Here I’ll share with you two of the most ornate and therefore popular tombs.
Gordon’s Wine Bar is a fabulous little wine bar in Villiers Street by Charing Cross Station. It’s the oldest wine bar in London. Allegedly. We’d missed our train back home and someone mentioned that you could get a decent glass of Port and a cheese platter in Gordon’s Wine Bar. Me and Mr Jones decided to investigate. We could have missed the unobtrusive dark brown door of number 47 but we didn’t and gingerly crossed the dusty threshold. It’s amazing what the lure of cheese will lead us to do! We made our way down a precipitous creaking staircase into the depths of Gordon’s Wine bar.