Exploring some of the famous sites of Hanoi

Wine is not easy to find in Hanoi…but we were lucky to find a French bistro and specialty shop around the corner where we were able to find a nice Bordeaux for an after dinner drink and a Croque Monsieur for lunch the next day!

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We then walked out of the elevator and saw Brendan Murphy from MSR Cambridge checking into the same hotel. What a coincidence to see a colleague in the same location half way around the world…an unplanned coincidence. What a chance meeting 🙂

We walked near the lake again and observed all the emerging artists in Vietnam.  Pretty amazing work at such a young age.  It was interesting to see how some added turtles to their scenes…

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This morning we went and saw the traditional water puppet show. I must admit it was well done and the 30 minute show was a treat and a way to start the day.

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We then took a rickshaw to visit the Hilton Hanoi prison (museum).

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Nice rickshaws here in Hanoi!

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Actually, we took a 30 minute rickshaw ride around the city for a few dollars…great way to get a feel of the small economy and the small business model in this city.

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We then went into the Hanoi Hilton prison.

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This is where Senator John McCain and many others were held and tortured in prison after they were shot down.

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That was John McCain’s flight gear above.

They had a number of exhibits and stories to share. Interestingly, our guide’s grandfather was held here in prison by the French in the 1950s.

More to come in the next post…

 

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