Let’s start this post with something really exciting!! We visited the #1 restaurant in Hanoi according to Trip Advisor. (I just checked again today and now it is #2, but it was #1 when we visited.  (We also visited the then #2 location, now #1 location, Are you confused?)

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This is the whole premises here, Kitchen on the left and about 4 chairs on the right.

The head Chef

The head Chef

Patiently waiting for my sandwich, with a beer of course

Patiently waiting for my sandwich, with a beer of course

Good eats at the numero uno.

Good eats at the numero uno.

This Banh Mi Sandwich above cost 15,000 Dong = .87 cents Canadian. (I ordered two, one for the road)

After Ha Long Bay, they put us on the 6th floor at our Hotel, and we had a view this time.

After Ha Long Bay, they put us on the 6th floor at our Hotel, and we had a view this time.

“Not I ― not anyone else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.”

― WALT WHITMAN

Aya negotiating for some fruit.

Aya negotiating for some fruit.

Here is the promised update on Hanoi Traffic. Hanoi is home to 7 Million people. There is 4 Million Scooters / Motorcycles registered in Hanoi alone!! Traffic laws are essentially non existent. A Red light only means stop if a Police Officer is actually standing on the corner, pedestrians have no rights. Cars are supposed to drive on the right side, but they will pass anywhere- and I mean anywhere, including using the sidewalk if its open.

To cross the street on foot, you just go- walk out into traffic, they will never stop for you, but they also will not hit you. Keep a consistent pace- walk, do not run. Motorists will see you walking across and adjust their driving to either pass right in front of you or right behind you. If you start running, they may hit you, as they were not expecting you to change speeds.

Furthermore, Vietnam has beautiful wide sidewalks, but they also need parking for 4 Million Scooters. The sidewalks are for scooter parking, and the streets are for walking and driving. You get used to it pretty fast, but you always need to pay attention.

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Weird bit of info: Vietnam apparently loves Celine Dion Titanic Music, we heard it over and over, on the cruise, in restaurants, out hotel, and playing while walking on the street.

Bun Bo Nam Bo time!

Bun Bo Nam Bo time!

This restaurant serves one dish- Bun Bo Nam Bo, I don’t really know what it is, but it is delish.

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Good times

Good times

Don't look under the table! I don't know what creatures live down here

Don’t look under the table! I don’t know what creatures live down here

Next it was off for more brainwashing and propaganda. A visit to the B-52 Victory Museum.

 

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Parts of a B-52 Bomber that crashed in Hanoi, pieced back together.

We tried to visit this place twice and it was closed both times. Even though it was supposed to be open.

We tried to visit this place twice and it was closed both times. Even though it was supposed to be open.

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Vietnamese Slaughterhouse in full operation. I get queasy when I see animals being hurt or killed. I understand that the delicious Chicken I eat for dinner was killed so I could enjoy it- I just don’t need to see and hear it on the sidewalk.

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The cleaver starts this process off, then they use that blood filled tub to pull feathers, and clean in the next tub. This is happening on the sidewalk in downtown Hanoi.

The guy was nice enough to pose for us.

The guy was nice enough to pose for us.

An Afternoon with Ho Chi Minh:

Ho Chi Minh is a hero in Vietnam, people call him the father of the Country. We went to see how many millions of dollars the Communists have wasted forcing this Man’s history on people. Ho Chi Minh died 46 years ago, and you can still view his preserved body!  Anyway, the photos speak for themselves.

The Ho Chi Minh Museum

The Ho Chi Minh Museum

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In Ho Chi Minh’s defence, he did beat the most powerful armed forces in the World. And the United States were sticking their nose where it did not belong.

typical photos posted in the Museum.

typical photos posted in the Museum.

caption under the photo

caption under the photo

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Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh

We left the Museum and walked over to the Mausoleum:

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Translation: “State of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Forever”

 

 

 

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If you step inside that yellow line, Ho Cho Minh’s special army guards will yell at you

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From 9am- noon daily you can line up for a chance to see Ho Chi Minh's preserved body. He is kept on ice inside a glass case. He is just thru those doors....

From 9am- noon daily you can line up for a chance to see Ho Chi Minh’s preserved body. He is kept on ice inside a glass case. He is just thru those doors….

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Area in front of the Mausoleum.

Area in front of the Mausoleum.

If it fits on a scooter:

4 People

4 People

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Now off to the #2, now #1 Restaurant in Hanoi. (We ate here twice)

built your own spring roll

built your own spring roll

Vietnamese pancake

Vietnamese pancake

 

"From Canada" ahhh I highly doubt it

“From Canada” ahhh I highly doubt it. It was closed- too bad

waiting for a car accident!! this is chaos

waiting for a car accident!! this is chaos

Back to Japan! one last Vietnamese meal

Back to Japan! one last Vietnamese meal