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Faithful Travel visits Vietnam

By Willie Kiernan

Attorney Harris Lindenfeld has the travel bug.

"When my kids were young, I put up two maps, one of the United States and one of the world. Wherever we went, I put in a pin," he said.

Lindenfeld will speak at St Peter's Church on Mill Street at 4:30 p.m. Sunday Jan. 20 in the Parish Hall, sharing his thoughts and reflections from his September 2006 trip to Vietnam. He is the second speaker in the parish's Faithful Travel lecture series.

"As a child, Harris attended numerous travelogues with his mother, who was an avid traveler," said Diane Clark, series coordinator. "In her lifetime she visited 100 different countries, and inspired her son to journey to exotic destinations."

Lindenfeld has had the bug ever since.

"My mother grew up in a house with a giant set of travel books," he said. "She went to Europe a few times with my dad, but after he died she continued traveling and went on to visit more than 100 different countries."

Lindenfeld will share slides of his trip, which included visits to Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hue and Hoi An. In addition, he was able to visit the Cu Chi Tunnel system and the Cao Dai Church.

"Vietnam is a terrific country," Lindenfeld said. "There were banners everywhere in Ho Chi Minh City saying, '2006 -- Year of the Tourist.'"

The Cu Chi tunnel was used by the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam as hiding spots during combat and also served the NLF as communication and supply routes, hospitals, food and weapon caches and living quarters for numerous guerrilla fighters. The tunnel is renowned for being the NLF's base of operations for the 1968 Tet Offensive.

"They call it the American War," Lindenfeld said. "They drove me to the tunnel in old American Jeeps, probably confiscated from the war. But they are so past that war."

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