On my trip to visit Chi I had a few days to look around Hanoi. As I am not an architect, or a historian, or a sociologist, my observations on this topic are best expressed in photo form.
Balconies everywhere and street cafes are everywhere. The Vietnamese people build up and make use of every piece of livable space. You get a cozy, busy kind of feeling walking down the street. The problem is you want to try everything.
Chi at one such street cafe; the furniture is child-sized and you feel like you’re at a tea party every time you sit down.
Lakes, ponds, temples, and parks – they are just everywhere, though sometimes you can find a statue of Lenin. It shouldn’t be surprising, but living in the States, it isn’t something I’m used to.
Lenin park – enormous area with beautiful flowers, lakes, and some curious statues.
Temple next to a shopping mall.
Temple Courtyard. The signs ask you to remove your shoes before going inside. The floor was FREEZING.
Bridge path to a pagoda on either the East or West lake.
Pagoda at the main temple close to city center very busy the day after new year.
Turtle island with its own pagoda. Legend has it that there are enormous turtles living in this lake and they socialize and relax on that island.
Flowers decorating trees for the New Year.
Lenin statue in a park
This bridge leads to a tiny island with an old pagoda that is being restored.