Having a holiday with a group of girls is always fun.
We have been partners in crime when it comes to shopping. I’ve had more things made on this holiday, with the girls encouraging comments, than I would if hubbie was here.
Sorry you aren’t here Steve. I might have saved money!
Yesterday was all about shoes , glasses, dresses and the odd glass of wine.
We had things made with Trinh our lovely Homestay lady. Now we are at the resort style Ha An, we have found another tailor.
We found ‘Rin My Cloth Shop’ 15 Phan Boi Chau. It’s run by a smart ( slightly bossy) lady who is married to a slightly older Australian man. The shop is bright and well set out – definitely his influence…. and the fabrics are beautiful The Silk cotton is lovely. Let’s hope their tailoring is good.
We all draped and chatted and encouraged each other until suddenly I had 3 dresses on order. A red silk with a light pattern, a navy with red & yellow design copied like one of my Maiocchi dresses and a gorgeous dark navy silk with splashes of colour – this one is long and floaty.
The shoe shop Bi 99 is conveniently around the corner with a very sweet girl called Bi. She took my shoes to have copied and sent me away in thongs. They would be ready this afternoon. She was very pleased to have my friends arrive later and order a few more pairs. Mine have been copied 3 times in all different colour combinations.
I tried a few different glasses shops but settled one in the same street as the hotel. The girl Linh was super helpful and appeared to have training- she told she studied ( hopefully optometry) in Ho Chi Minh for 3 years. I selected some multi coloured frames and new sunnies in an deep purple. ! Pick up is this afternoon. How do they do that? So fast!
Going back today to try them out. Two pairs for AU$160. I thought that was quite good. Linh said she wanted me to wear them around today and if there were no problems to tell Trip Advisor. If there were any problems come back and tell her. “And I will fix” she said confidently!
Dinner last night was a chicken curry in clay pot. Wholesome and flavoursome. A winner.
We sat on the verandah of one of the many charming lantern lit restaurants. There are dozens of them offering wonderful Vietnamese food. The local Cau Lau is famous in Hoi An. The water used to make the noodles is said to be from a particular well in the city. Without this water the dish is not authentic. White rose is another local favourite. It’s delicious and I could hardly get enough of it.
The weather has been very good to us. Not too hot now and no storms as predicted. Lucky us.