In the countryside of the North of Vietnam, we visited a small village specializing in bamboo products like baskets and chopsticks.   The village head and his wife served us a delicious lunch in a bamboo grove while their beautiful granddaughter ran around, happy for the company. Over tea, the headman answered questions and explained … Continue reading Bamboo


Of course I carry home stones or shells if not from a protected area, but my most valuable souvenirs are free ones that can be made useful. My husband likes beer, but personally, I appreciate an empty bottle with an interesting printed or pasted-on label more than what's inside.  I have encountered no problems carrying … Continue reading Bottles