Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake in the centre of Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake means Lake of the Restored Sword

Tortoise Tower (Thap Rua) in the middle of the lake

Gets it's name from the tortoises that live in the lake

This one died in 1968 and was over 2m long

The Municipal Water Puppet Theatre

Smoke on the water

There is a tortoise head poking out in the mist (but you...

Winged puppets dancing on water

Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum (no photos inside and definitely no hands in...

Ho Chi Minh's Presedential Palace

Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House

The Ho Chi Minh Museum

Hanoi's famous One Pillar Pagoda built in 1054

We won't even try to explain how crap the night bus was, but we got here and got a nice room in a quiet part of the Old Quarter next to the Cathedral. Hanoi was really nice, but a bit cold and wet. That didn't stop us walking round the Old Quarter where different streets were established by different merchant guilds. One street would be filled with silk shops and the next full of tin box shops or people engraving gravestones.

There is very decent French food to be had in Hanoi. One of the best things about Vietnam is the food in fact. You never would have guessed! Every town seems to have a variation on how they do spring rolls. Baguettes and french cheese make for a very palatable breakfast.

We also went to see the Water Puppet show - much better than it sounds - and went to see Uncle Ho in the flesh at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex. He was just back from his 3 month holiday in Moscow where he has his annual facelift, wax and polish. Tommorrow we fly to Vientiane, capital of Laos. Still solid.

On the language front we have been learning some German (we walked past the German embassy on the way to see Uncle Ho). Botschaft is German for embassy (or consulate).

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