14.11.2014 - 14.11.2014 24 °C
Hanoi city, the capital of Vietnam, has about 7 million people plus another 3 million in the close surroundings. I walked to all the sight seeings today. Starting at St. Josephs Cathedral (Hanoi Cathedral), I must say, more breathtaking than the Notre Dame one in Saigon:
Following this I stopped at the famous Huong Mai Coffee shop in Hang Manh street. They do make the best Kopi Luwak and Weasel Coffee. Tam and Nga is very helpful and friendly and these ladies know their coffee:
Hao La prison, ironically nicknamed the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by US POWs during the American War. Most exhibits relate to the prison’s use up to the mid-1950s, focusing on the Vietnamese struggle for independence from France. One of the most famous people that was in this prison is Senator McCain. Why called the "Hilton"? The American troops were treated as if they were in a hotel. Excellent food and the freedom inside the prison to do basically anything, from playing pool to raising chickens. For the Vietnamese it was the complete opposite:
Vases for sale in the local market. From $600 - $12000.
When you walk to Ho Chi Minh's Colloseum, you pass this cafe. They do make some of the best Vietnamese coffee, Kevol, this is what coffee looks like.
Uncle Ho's (yes, that is what he is called) resting place. I could not go in because every year for 3 months they restore and clean his resting place.
The city line of Hanoi
Old Houses and Bonsai trees, this is for my mother. Willie, yours must still go a long way (the tree).
While I visited one of the ancient houses, there was a wedding, these are made out of balloons:
Yes, they do give beer as an offer. And I must say this, it can not be any beer, only Heineken.
Motorcycles are used for everything:
The flower market: