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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

A Moment of Aha! Standing in the Middle of my CGI.

Hey all!

As mentioned in a previous post, I just got back from Vietnam.  For about two days, I was in Hue to visit some cousins whom I'd never met before (or if I had, don't remember them).  Hadn't gone back in over twenty years.  Anyway, my cousins took me to sight see and I happened upon this place (below) which made me scratched my head.  It looked so darn familiar but I was sure I'd never been there.  Turns out, in my previous otome novel (Poetess Xuan: Huy), I'd went online to search for palaces and came upon a picture that I liked.   And just like that, I was standing in the middle of the courtyard which I'd spent hours replicating.  A magical moment to be sure if it weren't so darn hot!

This place is Minh Mang's tomb, second emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty.  For a tomb, it is ginormous!  This isn't even the entrance or the middle.  It's somewhere along the way.  You'd get your exercise for the day just making a round!

Hue is an interesting place.  While I walked through the popular sites, one thought kept resonating: I'm in a Dynasty Warriors game during the Nan Man Campaigns.  I don't know why.  Maybe if you make it there one day, you'll see what I mean.  In the old days, the imperials resided in Hue so you'll find plenty of palaces and temples which display the wealth of a nation.  Not the cleanest place to be, just a warning, and you might meet quite a few hustlers but just be on your guard like everywhere else and the visit should be enjoyable.  I can already hear all the Hue people griping already, haha.

Just wanted to share this cool pic with ya.  If you've been to Hue, let me know your thoughts.

~Lenne Penry

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