Libby Fischer Hellmann's Blog

Leaving Vietnam

Above is a shot of the Avalon Saigon, our ship. And as we cross the border of Vietnam and Cambodia, here are some of my favorite people and places shots from Vietnam.

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Vietnam: Saigon to Mekong Villages

I think I mentioned that everyone in Vietnam gets around on motor scooters, and in the cities, they look and sound like a hive of bees. You see both men and women, and many carry their children as well. Some women cover their work clothes with an old skirt and wear gloves and long sleeves […]

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Vietnam: The Cu Chi Tunnels

One of the highlights of the trip for me was a visit to the Cu Chi tunnels.  During the Vietnam War, The Viet Cong (VC) dug tens of thousands of miles of tunnels, including an extensive network running underneath the Cu Chi district northwest of Saigon. They connect to the Ho Chi Minh trail, and we […]

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Saigon At Night

This is what I mean when I compare Saigon to Vegas. Parts of the city never sleep!                                      

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Vietnam: Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City

Compared to Hanoi, Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City (I was surprised how many people still call it Saigon) is Vegas, baby! The lights, the crowds, the motor scooters, the young people all trying to go for the gold ring, was energizing and, sometimes, quite amazing. For example, the 5 star hotel we stayed at, […]

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Between HaLong Bay and Hanoi

Just a quick one here. While we drove back to Hanoi, I shot this photo: I liked it so much I played around with it and had it enlarged. It’s now hanging on the wall of my family room. I can’t decide which version I like more. What do you think?

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Vietnam: HaLong Bay

HaLong Bay, about a three hour drive from Hanoi, feeds into the Gulf of Tonkin. Yes, THAT Gulf of Tonkin. But today, there is no memory of a war or skirmishes with armed ships in the area. Today HaLong Bay is under massive development as a tourist resort. Most of the development is funded by […]

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Vietnam: Hanoi

As many of you know, I traveled to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangkok for three weeks. The entire experience was fascinating — I learned so much! And for one minute did I want to be anywhere else but where I was. I think they call that “living in the moment.” A lot of the praise has […]

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A Welcome Home Gift!

Hi, everyone. As some of you know I just got back from a long trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Bangkok. Fascinating and educational. I had never been so far away for so long before. I plan to share pics with you in the coming days. And yes, there will be a book. A historical saga. […]

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An Interview about High Crimes, Writing, Publishing, and more

Happy New Year, everyone! Let’s hope 2019 brings us less darkness, more light, and trust in our institutions again. And some fun! We need some, don’t we? I was delighted to be interviewed by Rich Ehisen on his Open Mic Blog. It was a wide-ranging conversation, so it’s long, but I think it worked out […]

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  • About Libby

    Compulsively Readable ThrillersLibby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first.

    She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few.