We started off our trek through the French Quarter with a breakfast of chocolate crepes beside Hoan Kiem Lake. The weather has cooled to about 65ish, making our al fresco dining quite pleasant. MyLinh took her morning nap in the Ergo, while Alex and I sipped from tiny cups and enjoyed the scenery (including children successfully fishing for turtles in the lake).
This morning's rain refreshed the city, and it felt good to be out and about. One highlight of the day was an art gallery we visited. Unfortunately, we couldn't afford any of the pieces we admired, but it was a feast for the eyes. The link to www.greenpalmgallery.com will give you a taste of what we enjoyed!
Yet another milestone with MyLinh came during our coffee break (rewarding ourselves for successfully finding the correct formula, as well as Vietnamese coffee beans to bring home). First, let me explain that it is very common here for a stranger to reach for your baby. I had heard this, but was still startled when it first happened. During the first two days, it was MyLinh doing the reaching toward any person with black hair, but in the following days, we have had doormen, older women on the street, shopkeepers, and waitresses all reach for her. Everyone coos to her, admires her, and plays with her, but it is a cultural trend that I am still getting comfortable with. Anyhow, while we were enjoying a delicious piece of pastry, the waitress reached for MyLinh, and MyLinh happily enjoyed being passed around the staff. Here is the hurrah...when I reached for her to leave, she reached for me!
On a side note, we are so thankful for MyLinh's darling wardrobe. Thanks to hand-me-downs from Anii, Claire, Amanda, Madeline, and Cate, she is the best dressed baby in Vietnam!
We wish we could adequately express how grateful we are for the comments and e-mails that keep coming. The words of encouragement have buoyed us tremendously, blessing us. We don't feel quite so far away with our dear family and friends following us!