The Imperial City, cemeteries lie in rice fields, and Buddhist monasteries line this historic city
Bean cake batter splatter
Preparing for Vietnamese New Year
These cakes are made with beans, but taste so sweet!
Markets are one of my favorite places to visit in any country, so lively!
Who doesn’t like fresh frog?! I know I do!
Aflac! Again, as fresh as it gets…
Working hard to finish up before Vietnamese New Year
This cemetery lies in the middle of the rice fields, completing the circle
Beautiful structures. These are built for the person’s 2nd burial
Remember the monk who famously burned himself alive? This was his monastery
A gorgeous house to eat home cooked lunch at!
Another shot of this house, the pond to ponder over a full belly
The Imperial City of Hue
Within the walls of the Purple Forbidden City, only for the Emperor and his concubines
They are doing well in restoring the Imperial City, and bringing in authentic music from a different era
The Old Quarter, Uncle Ho, The first university in Vietnam, the buzzing of motorbikes…Hanoi is a charming city in the North of Vietnam“Strawberries?! I got those for days, I’ll just bike over in like 5 minutes, there are no buses.”
Yep, thats number K9 on the menu…
Just a couple of the many fruits you can find biking around the Old Quarter
Dedicated to thee kamikazes of the North. The loudspeaker is to make sure you don’t stand in front…oops
Cruisin’ down the street in my 6-4 (rickshaw)
Old Quarter purchases
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh’s Presidential Palace
Ho Chi Minh’s Presidential Palace pond
His preferred abode. Very humble
The Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university
Past Mandarins to be and present students, rub these tortoise heads for good luck on exams
Within the Temple of Literature, a shrine dedicated to Confucius.
Ha Long Bay
The Bay of Descending Dragons is absolutely breathtaking.
Breathtaking views everywhere you look
The water color was gorgeous, this was a cooler time to be there
Just cruising! Best way to experience Ha Long Bay
These limestone karsts are amazing
Tunnel to a water village
One of many water villages sprinkled throughout the bay… not technically legal.
Fresh oysters on those rocks…I learned how to “survive like a local”
This was our junk ship, Syrena. I recommend this crew to everyone if you want to stay away from the mass touristsThe most stunning place I saw in Vietnam