I was instantly impressed with Hanoi -- quaint, quiet, clean,
and so very green. I stayed in a not to be remembered hotel
in the center of the city. But, the menu at the little hole-in-the-wall
restaurant next to the hotel was a hoot. Never mind the hospital
green walls and matching ceiling fans, the menu fascinated me.
It included pangolin, hedgehog, boa, eel, turtle, and dog.
I managed some chicken.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
was closed, but his museum was open. It was truly the most
beautiful museum that I had ever seen. Not only did it display
history, but each display was a unique piece of art. It combined
glass, lacquerware, metal, bamboo, stone, and cement to show the
history of their founding father.
The water puppets were a
must for the evening. It was a good mix of traditional costumes,
folk music, and elaborate puppetry all done in a very colorful setting.
The puppets all performed in a small pond. The puppeteers
behind the stage used ropes and poles to make their creations come
alive. It was a "must see" in Hanoi.