City Tour and History Museum
We stopped to take pics of the Notre Dame Cathedral. It is made of limestone and because of the acid rain in the city, it is slowly eroding with the passing of every year!
Our next stop was the Opera House. The French influence in Hanoi is very evident in both the architecture and cuisine.
This is just a section of a very beautiful and ornate wardrobe decorated with mother of pearl. The carving was so intricate that we had to go back for a second look (it may also have been that we were trying to avoid a group of Chinese rice-wine-soaked tourists).
On our way home, we stopped in the park to enjoy watching an intense soccer match of 12 year olds, some rebellious teenagers skateboarding and some rather interesting photo shoots. We also made friends with a young child who found great delight in trying to put the cap back onto our water bottle. It was only 15mins of playing that her father swooped in and rescued her from the tourists.
|Roxy imitating a statue in the park.|
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Museum and One Pillar Pagoda
|Posing with Uncle Ho (our friendly photographer skillfully managed to crop out a girl who kept asking to take photos with the foreigners)|
Roxy reclaiming the mythical sword from the turtle, which helped a Vietnamese king fend against Chinese domination.
Aerobics in the Park
|Jeremy, our French friend, who bought us ice-cream (he is the best)|
Museum of Ethnology
|Roxy looking as scary/deathly as the lion heads she is imitating|
|This is not fake...there is a bicycle under there and we can personally attest to the fake that it is physically possible to carry such a load on two wheels|
|Spot the difference|
|Joy displaying her good health alongside the tree of healing (let's hope some of its power rubs off on Rox)|
It was back to our backpackers to prepare for our over night bus to Sa Pa!!