Saigon to Singapore
This is the second leg of our cruise.
3pm the other day went to Theatre Royal to listen to Peter Foggitt - a great classical pianist finishing his doctorate in London. He played Bach - I think it was "Prelude to the Fugue" -Is that right Susan?????and Beethoven's 5th ,also Brahms Final to ------??? can't remember followed by Bernstein - a piece out of Westside Story. He has one more recital before he flies back to London and I will endeavour to be there.
8.30pm last night the Theatre Company on board presented "Viva Vegas." It was a great musical/dancing performance with all the glamour, excitement, costumes and presenting songs made famous by top artists. To add to the atmosphere there was even stroboscopic lighting and pyrotechnics.
Had a long day visiting Ho chi Minh Cityas the Oriana is too big to go right up the Mekong therefore we had to dock near the entrance on the coast near Vung Tau - this of course necessitated a 2 hr trip before we got intom the city. However Enid had never been before so she really enjoyed it all - seeing all the markets and paddi-fields and some of the housing etc.
Finally saw Notre Dame Cathedral, President's Palace, Reunification Hall, City Museumand a Folk Water Puppetry show which has come down through the centuries since 1012 or so. Oh, had the most glorious buffet luncheon at the Majestic - a 5* hotel. There was a floor show while we lunched.
Then it was "Bangkok for a Day"
The other evening when John and I were dancing at the Harlequin Room I approached Peter Foggitt and asked him to play" Padewksky's Minuet" Blow me down if he didn't play it during his final recital on board. It was just like a special tribute to mother soooo!!!!
good. It was the only piece he needed music scores for. He also played Chopin's First Ballad and Cole Porter and Paggononi(can't spell it) It was like a whistle stop tour from 18th century Vienna through the elegant salons of Paris in the Romantic era and ended with the glamorous glitz of Broadway in the hey-dey of swing----just fabulous!!
Koh Samui was everything I thought it would be - beaches, coconut plantations and tropically forrested hills - a paradise. Took a trip right around the island with lunch at a 5* hotel right on Cheong Beach called "The Imperial Boathouse"
Singapore was wonderful as always and our tour was great. Highlights includedchinatown, Little India, Arab St, Merlion, Malay Heritage Centre and Mt. Faber where we got a bird's eye view of the city.The good bit was the botanical Gardens where we went through the National Orchid Garden and I'd like to dedicate this bit to Syd Carvolth who is recovering from pneumonia and is an orchid freak. Hope you like these Syd. We really admired the richness and the diversity of some of the hybrids.