I wrote an entry on my foodie blog before about eating in Hanoi. I would love to eat authentic Vietnamese food again. After our stint in the Museum of Ethnology, we went to the Temple of Literature. I took several pictures inside but most of them were lost. This temple of Confucius was the first national university of Vietnam.
I hope one day to visit the several courtyards of the temple again, take pictures and make sure to store them in a safer place.
It was late in the afternoon when we walked to a park where we found several folks exercising. The place had a relaxing atmosphere with trees and fountains. The picture below that I took before crossing the busy street near the park was also posted on my tumblr blog.
We rode a taxi to the city center where I took a snapshot of a pagoda. We were not able to watch the puppet show, but we capped off the night by eating in a Vietnamese restaurant overlooking a busy Hanoi street. I would definitely visit this city again someday.
Outside Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh, I saw a statue located in the roundabout and took a picture. I found out later it was that of a Vietnamese hero, Tran Nguyen Hai. We could have visited other places in HCM, but we needed to catch a flight to Hanoi that day. The latter was our next destination.
A sister of two of my companions was based in Hanoi. We stayed with her and she took us to some cultural sites around the city. The first stop was Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. It was worth the visit. Both indoor and outdoor exhibitions were culturally enriching.
The indoor exhibition showcased smaller models of houses, several artifacts and traditional practices like weddings.
The outdoor exhibition showcased replicas of several traditional Vietnamese houses. We explored most of their interiors. It was a relaxing experience. The stilt house below was my favorite.
I was also able to take a picture of a very long dragon boat. After the outdoor tour, we decided to eat traditional Vietnamese food near the entrance of the museum.