What a great city Hanoi is to explore! This is the first of many Hanoi posts, because we unexpectedly spent a full week in the city after a stuff up with our train tickets to Sapa and a bout of the flu. and we left pleased that we’d managed to cover so much ground, and only a little disappointed that the trip up to Sapa didn’t eventuate.
This was my second visit to Hanoi, and it was even more charming than I remembered. Eating bowls of hot spicy noodles sitting shoulder to shoulder with locals on tiny blue stools on street corners, visiting a nearby pottery village, taking a cooking class and paying our respects to Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum were just some of the ways we filled our week.
And of course no visit to Hanoi would be complete without becoming completely and utterly lost in the tangle of old quarter streets and alleyways.