Biking Cambodia-Hanoi

When we visited Hanoi, we came across the monument for John McCain.

The monument reads;

On October 26, 1967 in Truc Bach Lake, the people and military of Hanoi captured alive U.S. Air Force pilot John Sney Macan, whose A-4 jet was shot down onto Yen Phu electric plant.

A small correction was that McCain flew for the Navy, not the Air Force. Notwithstanding the ethics of the war, he was a hero. Even if he was captured.

 

 

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Biking Cambodia-Hanoi Stopover

So for the first day of the official bike tour, we get to be biked around. Much safer to use an experienced person when going through Hanoi traffic. It can be horrific looking, but it always ran smoothly.

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Our first stop was the farmers market. Everything was freshly butchered, so refrigeration was not really an issue.

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They had an amazing selection clams to choose from.

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And of course the fish were still alive and kicking so to speak.

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Biking Cambodia-Hanoi stopover

Brent and I managed to snag a couple of free coupons for egg coffee. Yes, raw egg dropped into your coffee like cream apparently. Quite tasty.

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The restaurant is actually on the second floor and there is only a small alley to access it. Something that no one would head down without someone with you.

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In Hanoi, I tried to capture the amazing dance of the scooters. How they manage to mingle about is amazing.

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In the evening, people gather around the lake. A central spot for socialization.

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A couple were having their photos taken for their upcoming celebrations. So¬† I couldn’t resist.

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Biking Cambodia-Hanoi Stopover

Brent and I are just in the process of looking over the courtyard to the entrance of the National University.

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We grab one more photo at the entrance to the University.IMG_3762

We leave the grounds and start walking back to our hotel. You can see that the University is completely enclosed by stone walls. We must have looked like we knew what we were doing since we were stopped by other tourists looking for a way in to the University.

Scooter transporst is really the way the majority of people get around in Hanoi. Don’t forget. Don’t show any fear.

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Here is an interior shot of the mall I had described earlier. There are numerous car dealerships inside. The pockets of wealth are amazing considering the poverty you see everywhere else.

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Biking Cambodia-Hanoi Stopover

Brent and I continued our tour of the National Museum in Hanoi. Some of the ancient texts are shown below.

The courtyard holds displays of various graduates. The Plaque show below describes how they retained the dedication steles of some of the oldest graduates. These were erected on turtles. One of the four holy creatures.

 

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The Dragon was a great attraction. I attempted to find out a bit mroe about the urn. But you can see the dragon relief on top of the building in the background. The dragon is one of the countries four holy creatures.

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