Hanoi - part 3

by John Wilson April. 30, 2018 483 views

Some additional shots from our few days in Hanoi.

The Temple of Literature is a wonderful ancient Confucian temple, in parts dating back nearly a thousand years. It's a must-see in Hanoi.

The Temple of Literature is a wonderful ancient Confucian temple, in parts dating back nearly a thousand years. It's a must-see in Hanoi.

The Temple of Literature housed Vietnam's first university. Turtle (tortoise??) steles record the names of graduates over the centuries in stone.

The Temple of Literature housed Vietnam's first university. Turtle (tortoise??) steles record the names of graduates over the centuries in stone.

School kids heading on an excursion to the Temple of Literature. If anything like my school excursions, they won't remember a single thing they saw but they will remember what they ate and who stole whose pencil case ...

School kids heading on an excursion to the Temple of Literature. If anything like my school excursions, they won't remember a single thing they saw but they will remember what they ate and who stole whose pencil case ...

Another Hanoi landmark is an imposing Catholic cathedral that would not be out of place in many European cities.

Another Hanoi landmark is an imposing Catholic cathedral that would not be out of place in many European cities.

The cathedral is a drawcard for those wanting to be photographed, presumably for a wedding.

The cathedral is a drawcard for those wanting to be photographed, presumably for a wedding.

Western guy skateboarding under a statue of Lenin. I would like the political science faculty to deconstruct that one.

Western guy skateboarding under a statue of Lenin. I would like the political science faculty to deconstruct that one.

Random building, motorcycles and graffiti that caught my eye near the Temple of Literature.

Random building, motorcycles and graffiti that caught my eye near the Temple of Literature.

Mostly we ate local, which was great, but we did go a little upmarket one night to Duong's restaurant. Duong won the Vietnamese version of Masterchef - you know that because the video of him winning plays on an endless loop inside.

Mostly we ate local, which was great, but we did go a little upmarket one night to Duong's restaurant. Duong won the Vietnamese version of Masterchef - you know that because the video of him winning plays on an endless loop inside.

We ate pretty much traditional Vietnamese there, in an upscale format. It was very good and I would recommend it. But you can get excellent food from pretty much any street corner in Hanoi at a fraction of the price.

We ate pretty much traditional Vietnamese there, in an upscale format. It was very good and I would recommend it. But you can get excellent food from pretty much any street corner in Hanoi at a fraction of the price.

I did try a local craft `pho' beer (pronounced `fur' so I guess that's why it's Furbrew) - one that was flavoured rather like the traditional pho soup and quite spicy for a beer. Even some chili heat. My verdict? Glad I tried it ... once.

I did try a local craft `pho' beer (pronounced `fur' so I guess that's why it's Furbrew) - one that was flavoured rather like the traditional pho soup and quite spicy for a beer. Even some chili heat. My verdict? Glad I tried it ... once.

We also popped our heads into the Metropole Hotel, probably Hanoi's best-known upmarket hotel and one with an incredible history and clientele, including people like Jane Fonda who famously stayed there during the war days.

We also popped our heads into the Metropole Hotel, probably Hanoi's best-known upmarket hotel and one with an incredible history and clientele, including people like Jane Fonda who famously stayed there during the war days.

We didn't fork out the extra dollars to stay there but it looked impressive.

We didn't fork out the extra dollars to stay there but it looked impressive.

From the sublime to the ridiculous ... make of this what you will. That kind of sums up Hanoi - it has something for everyone. It's a good time right now as it slowly embraces modernity but still manages so well to retain its wonderful heritage.

From the sublime to the ridiculous ... make of this what you will. That kind of sums up Hanoi - it has something for everyone. It's a good time right now as it slowly embraces modernity but still manages so well to retain its wonderful heritage.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 6 months ago

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