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Au revoir, Hanoi

Just some parting shots of Hanoi…. a dynamic city. A place where you can cook your dinner on the sidewalk then go around the corner to buy an iPhone. I really enjoyed it and started to actually get used to it. Even the honking motorbike horns (which sound like the busted VW van horn in Little Miss Sunshine going nonstop all day long) started to fade into the background a bit.

 

All the stores and homes had the Vietnam flag out. The dates I was in Hanoi, it was Vietnam Independence Day and Labor Day all in the same weekend.

 

Hanoi is also a modern city with lots of boutique shopping springing up throughout.

I came across these guys waiting around for something…. Not sure what….
Then a “wedding car” drove up and they were there to shoot off confetti.

 

The grounds of the Temple of Literature

 

The fabulous Hanoi Women’s Museum.

Hoan Kiem Lake

 

This was taken on my ride to Ha Long Bay. A family of four on a Vespa on the freeway was a common sight.

 

 

Had to have a drink in the Bamboo Bar at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel. It’s the fancy colonial outpost in Hanoi. My Charlie Chaplin martini (gin, apricot brandy and lime juice) came with some olives to munch on and a scoop of sorbet in a frozen lemon cup for $11 US. A bargain!

 

The Vietnamese are very into Bonsai. You see it everywhere in all varieties of trees.