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Temple of literature and Hanoi Hilton

Another busy Saturday sightseeing

Had a full day sightseeing. Since I'm working long hours during the week I try to pack in seeing as much as I can on the weekends. After grocery shopping went to the Temple of Literature. It is the oldest place of learning in Vietnam and covers a huge city block. It is full of beautiful temples and gardens. It was packed with people when I arrived, there had been a school graduation, appeared to be high school. There were lots of local families with the graduates, the girls were all dressed in traditional beautiful long dresses.

They also were having a huge book fair on the grounds. I spent a long time wandering around looking at the books. I bought a few coloring books for my 3 year old grandson, figuring that would be something different. Spent a couple hours just walking the grounds, people watching, listening to some traditional music.

Then headed to store Craftlinks to do some shopping but they were closed for noon nap time. So grabbed some lunch on street, Bun Cho and a spring roll and mango smoothe . It was very good. I am enjoying the food. Did some shopping and then walked to the Hanoi Hilton prison.

Only part of the prison is still standing, the rest has been turned down for development. Paid my$1 admission fee. By the way all museums/attractions seem to cost a $1. Most of the prison is devoted to the imprisonment of Vietnamese by French colonists in early 1900's.

Only a small part is about the war and US prisoners. It was about what I was expecting. Full of propaganda on how well the prisoners were tested and what a great experience they had in prison.

Then went back and spent some time at the pool before heading to old quarter for dinner. Went to dragon rising restaurant which was on rooftop terrace overlooking the city. Great view, atmosphere and food. Fanciest meal in 2 weeks and most expensive, cost 21.00 used and that includent a mix drink, salad, dinner and desert.

Then walked around old quarter. Saturday night is more hectic than normal if that is even possible. It started sprinkling so stopped at legends beer overlooking the main area of old quarter. It was a great spot to rest and do people watching.

Returned home at 10 pm after a full day. However I did book some spa treatments for Sunday at the hotel where we had dinner. Will share that later.

Posted by mboggs 09:49

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