on January 25, 2001
Come to this square any day if you want a slice of the typical French classical architecture. Come to this plaza on Sunday if you want to observe women in their traditional white Au Dai, the national dress, as they congregate to the Notre Dame for church services. We were there to conduct official post office business. Both the Notre Dame and Saigon's main post office are adjacent to each other, standing in all their French ornate glory. The pictures speak for themselves. After our business was over at the post office, we hung at the steps waiting for one of my brother's girlfriends. While we were waiting we noticed church services letting out and all these women in white Au Dai pouring out of the front door. What a pretty scene, until the kids trying to sell used postage stamps and postcards accosted us. I think my brother-in-laws were more perturbed than I was. The Vietnamese kids can be quite persistent and will continue to hound you even if you showed no interest in buying anything from them. Somehow I think it was my big, white American presence that attracted them over to us. My wife's oldest brother was finally able to shake the boys off. It was time for some Pho (Vietnamese noodle soup).
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