Last Stop in Vietnam
11/19/11 - 11/19/11
After a few crazy days of traveling around Kourtney and I finally got to stop and rest in Hanoi for a night- no plans and nothing to do but wander the city. We got to visit a few of the sites around town, but mostly we just walked around, got coffee in a little shop and sat for a few hours talking everything we had done in the last week.
We visited Ngoc Son Temple, which extends into the lake in the middle of the city. It was really pretty surrounded by the water and trees, and the inside was all red and gold painted. There were Buddha statues from all over Southeast Asia collected inside, with incenses burning It was a fairly small temple, but it has a beautiful setting around it.
Next we wandered to St. Joseph Cathedral located in the middle of the city. It is an old church left over from the 1800's. It looks really old and worn down, and it towers over the other buildings in the area. This church, along with most of the old buildings in Vietnam, is famous for staying intact throughout the war.
And here are some various other shots from around the city, I loved the colorful buildings that were found all over.
We decided not to visit any museums or go to any shows or do much shopping, we were so worn out at this point from the previous days that we really just needed time to relax. We went back to the Hostel - still staying at at the Hanoi Backpackers Hostel downtown- and turned in for the night.
Our trip to Vietnam was over, and we were very satisfied with everything that we had done and seen. I absolutely loved Vietnam.