Hanoi – A Unique Perspective of An Amazing City
On my first day in Hanoi, my tour group and I opted for one of the must do forms of sightseeing, being by motorbike/vespa. In a group of about 10 people, we each had our own driver – such a great way to get a quick sense of the layout and feel of the city.
We zoomed about the streets, in and out of the crazy traffic and through the narrow residential streets, occasionally stopping for a photo moment or a local treat. A specialty of Vietnam is the “egg coffee”, which to me tasted a little like liquid tiramisu. We stopped at the quirky Hanoi Food Culture, where they showed us the process of how they make this delicious drink and of course indulged in the finished product – mmm.
We visited the small, slightly polluted Huu Tiep Lake which in a residential part of the city. What was special about this lake was the wreckage of a B-52 plane shot down during the Vietnam (or locally known as the American) war. It was quite a strange feeling seeing this at a time of the day when all was so quiet; a stark contrast to what it would have been like back then.
There are so many reminders throughout Vietnam of the many wars and invasions of other cultures the country has endured over the centuries. From the many museums and monuments to the impressive architecture and cuisine more recently influenced by the French occupation in the late 1800’s, Vietnam is truly a beautiful and culturally rich country to visit.
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