Now and Then








From Viet Nam with love

Hanoi has been such a wonderful place to see and we were so lucky that we had the time to spend a week just taking in the daily runnings of this sleepy lakeside city.

After breakfast in the morning of chicken spicy soup Brad and I would wander the streets without much sense of direction or aim, just a backpack my camera and each other.

Every street and building held its own character and there was this striking beauty between the old and new, like the city itself was moving in complete equilibrium of its past and the present.

Our first few days we just observed mainly from pop up noodle bars on the street or the little unit across the street from our hotel that sold beers and snacks.
We got to know the family that worked in this unit and although we couldn’t speak to each other, by the end of our time the ladies would be requesting “Madame, Madame” if Brad ever sat down to have a beer without me. They loved Brad too but girls will always have different connections with each other.

We had two restaurants that we often had dinner at, that we became quite fond of. I’m not sure so much for the food but these two little kids that every day without doubt would be out on the street with no parents trying to sell chewing gum. The little boy was so fascinated in Brads beard and more than once tugged on it a little too hard, he couldn’t have been older than four and the girl maybe eight but she had matured far beyond her age and wouldn’t partake in any tickles or silly games. Needless to say Brad and I became quite avid chewing gum chewers over these nights.

Our last day we wandered further out and I’m not sure exactly where but the buildings were amazing, the streets wide and very European styled. I finally felt I had see all Hanoi had to offer but I would not pass up the opportunity to go there again, I’m not sure exactly what it was about the city but I absolutely loved every bit of it.

Because there was so much to see I have decided to split this post up into three; the streets, the food and the architecture.
The first one The Streets: From Viet Nam with love