AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS AND SKETCHES NUMBER 5 – BOTANICAL GARDENS AND ZOO

AREA On March 23, 1864, Admiral Pierre de la Grandier, commander of French forces in Cochinchina, commissioned the building of a botanical and zoological gardens in Saigon. The Saigon zoo has underdone many changeover the years. However, the general layout has largely remained the same. In 1927, a bridge across Thi Nghe channel was built […]

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS NUMBER 3 – INDEPENDENCE PALACE

The site of the Independence Palace has had much history played on its location. View of the Reunification Palace, Saigon, Vietnam drawn in 2016 – Richie Fawcett In 1868 the Governor of Cochinchina laid the first foundation stone for the new palace to replace the first wooden one. The palace was completed in 1873. Initially […]