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  • Day116

    Hanoi - Sightseeing

    December 25, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Für diesen Tag haben wir uns nichts spezielles vorgenommen. Von daher haben wir uns einfach treiben lassen. Nach dem Frühstück im Hotel brachen wir also auf Richtung Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Dabei ging es auch vorbei an vielen Botschaften und Regierungsgebäuden. Oft wurden dafür auch alte Kolonialgebäuden verwendet, die alle gelb gestrichen sind. Wie wir am Tag zuvor bei der Tour erfahren hatten, war in Vietnam Gelb früher nur den Herrschern vorbehalten und somit verwendeten die Franzosen diese Farbe auch um Ihre Machtstellung zu demonstrieren. Wir besuchten auch die alte Zitadelle, die wie die „Verbotene Stadt“ das Zentrum war. Dort trafen wir uns auch nochmals mit Cora und Lucas, aus Madrid.
    Danach ging es dann zu einem speziellen Restaurant. Ihr werdet uns wahrscheinlich für verrückt erklären, denn dort gab es Hundefleisch. Es war wie bisschen zäheres Schweinefleisch, aber ganz lecker. Wie wir erfahren haben, isst man Hund und Katze zum Ende des Monats um alles Schlechte des Monats loszuwerden. So haben wir das nun getan. Danach gab es auch noch einen asiatischen Nachtisch.
    Am Nachmittag liefen wir noch durch das französische Viertel und gingen nochmals auf einen Egg Coffee. Diesmal beim „Café Giang“, die dieses Getränk erfunden haben.
    Später chillten wir dann noch auf unserer Dachterrasse und am Abend gingen Essen zum Restaurant „Huang“, zu dem uns auch noch Christina und Xaver, aus Österreich begleiteten. Der Vietnamesische Pfannkuchen war super lecker! Danach gab es dann an der „Bia Hoi Junction“ noch ein gezaptes Bier („bia hoi“).
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  • Day70


    November 9, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We landed in Hanoi, north Vietnam to discover the capital before starting heading down in this long country. What catches your attention first is the traffic, people really can't or don't want to drive anywhere near safe. Red lamps or zebras mean nothing and we were quicker as32 pedestrians than an ambulance with their lights and sirens on. Thousands and thousands of motorbikes on the road and it can take double amount of time to get somewhere than google says just beacuse road crossing can take long minutes.
    We had an amazing kick start with long awaited local food such as quang (beef noodle) soup, banhmi sandwiches, pho soup, cheese and coffee bun, cheese icecream, and of course fried rice! As Vietnam used to be a french colony there are bread, baguette, bakeries and patisseries with full
    of amazing cakes. It was interesting to think that we havent had any bread for months (apart from roti in Malayasia).
    The old town is full of bars, restaurants and most importantly cheap beer, we arrived to the heaven of backpackers. So many of them are around, such as Flora's ex! A couple of french girls gave us some good tips for Cambodia too.
    We visited an old prison built and used by the French and then later by the Vietnamese in the war with the Americans. The exhibition was rather biased, which maybe isn't suprising, being in one of the only remaining one party socialist countries in the world. At the end many countries opinion was presented of the Vietnamese war in the 60s - 70s, marches, protests and speeches all over the world against the war. However they were all shown as supporting the North Vietnamese communists rather than the hippie peace and love movement.
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  • Day2

    The streets of Hanoi

    October 26, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    It's amazing the things you notice when your out of your comfort zone. Riding on the back of Phuong Ann's scooter around the streets of Hanoi each area even street had a distinct smell. Partly as each of the streets are designated to one particular thing. Some streets smelt intensely of meat from the roasted pigs being sold, some the fragrance of flowers, some the smell of burning metal being welding.Read more

  • Day7

    Vietnam's First University cont...

    October 10, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    The University was a small building and was for men only. It was setup to educate the sons of mandarins and the royal family. Then it was a place for students to come and live and study in order to pass the national exam.

    Now it houses information about the founders. It was built in 1070.
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  • Day7

    Tran Quoc Pagoda

    October 10, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Our last stop in Hanoi was at the Tran Quoc Pagoda, one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam.

    There were many posters giving us advice on how to embrace the Law of Karma.

    Then it was off to the airport for our flight to Hue (pronounced Hway). The flight was only an hour long and was uneventful.Read more

  • Day158

    At my grandfather's house in Hoan Kiem

    August 15, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    My visitors in Hanoi were this time both my Mum and Dad ! After meeting for a coffee, the first thing we did was to undertake a family pilgrimage to the former house of my grandfather.
    At the beginning of the 20th century, my great grandfather left France to venture for a better life in what was then "Indochina". He first worked in food catering for the French army, begore slowly rising the ladder to become a quite high-ranking officer in charge of telecommunications. With his wife and child, my grandfather André, they enjoyed a golden life in Hanoi and occupied for a few years a beautiful Mansard-style pavilion on the edge of the Lake Hoan Kiem.

    While in Myanmar, I was told by a Vietnamese couple that the building was quite famous and now served as the headoffice of the daily newspaper "Hanoi Moi" (News of Hanoi).
    So we took our chance and knocked at the door ! As strange as it seems, it is thanks to a few words exchanged... in German that the office manager let us in. This guy had learned German during his military service. He led us to the editor-in-chief's office and here we find ourselves, drinking tea in the international press conference room, decorated by a huge and somehow intimidating portrait of Ho Chi Minh. The room, by the way, must have been the former living room of my great grandparents. Different times, different decorative styles !
    Since the editor-in-chief could not speak english, he fetched a young journalist, Chi, who played the role of interpreter for us all. After sharing our family story, we were given a comprehensive tour of the building. The editor-in-chief was knowlegeable about it, and insisted on showing us every little part he thought had not changed over time, from the lamps of the ceilings to the terrace or the window frames. The building is now a heritage monument and cannot be substantially modified. As for the press activity, it hosts 62 journalists and a total of 200 workers. Previously, and probably while my greatgrandparents were living at the first floor, it also hosted a French newspaper named "L'Avenir du Tonkin", the first French-speaking newspaper in Vietnam, published between 1884 and the 1940s.

    We finished the tour with some semi-official pictures in front of the building. And with contact exchange. This gave me the opportunity to meet again Chi a few days later, eager that I was to know more about the life of a journalist in Vietnam...
    Thank you "Hanoi Moi" for this open-mindedness and hospitality, despiste some darker sides of the French colonial history.
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  • Day163

    A last evening in good company

    August 20, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    My last night in Hanoi was the opportunity to discover Vietnamese regional specialties, with two lovely guides : Chi, the journalist from "Hanoi Moi" and her friend Dieu Linh. They took me to a nice and busy restaurant and then to a bar where I had the weirdest beverage : a beer mixed with eggs beaten white. Well... I would recommend to stick to the more traditional "egg coffee"...

    I also came to know a bit more about these two women. Chi, who graduated in international studies, now works at the international section of Hanoi Moi, but dreams of another job and of traveling around the world. Dieu Linh, a mother of two, is a former colleague from Hanoi Moi, and now works for the municipality. She would also prefer having another job, maybe more challenging. Dieu Linh is also the descendant of a French settler, who did not bother marrying his Vietnamese lover...

    Both stroke me as being at the same time very gentle but also strong and independent women. Chi insisted on inviting us at the restaurant and offered me gifts : boxes of sweets and a big pack of peanuts for the road ! This evening closes perfectly my week in Hanoi and leaves me with a warm memory of Vietnam, before pursuing my travel towards China.
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  • Day14

    Abenteuerliches Hanoi - Teil II

    May 3, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Der Literaturtempel wurde im Jahr 1070 zur Erinnerung an Konfuzius und seine Lehren gebaut und diente der Erziehung und Ausbildung. 1076 wurde auf dem Gelände die erste nationale Universität gegründet. Mehr als 1000 Doktoren promovierten hier im Laufe der Jahrhunderte.
    Nach dem Ausflug in die vietnamesische Geschichte ging es über die allseits bekannte Trainstreet zurück zum Hotel. Nur wenige Zentimeter von den Hauseingängen entfernt, fährt hier zwei bis drei mal pro Tag ein Zug entlang. Kein Sicherheitsabstand oder sonstige Absperrungen trennen die Häuser vom Gleisbett. Um das tägliche Spektakel aus der ersten Reihe zu betrachten gibt es mehrere Bars und Café unmittelbar an der Strecke.
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  • Day14

    ho chi minh and learning tempel

    March 26, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    After Chicago Sears Tower waiting queue- the longest I have seen so far. the purpose to see the dead präsident ho chi minh was easy to skip. but I still wanted to take pictures from the famous spot. my guide sneaked us through and saved hours of waiting.

    after the pretty experience, we walked to the Gate of the learning temple. We had three girls from Chile joining as they looked lost on their way. funny to see other who just arrived in Vietnam- and remember my self being that newbie weeks ago. lucky us a lot of graduates celebrated their finish in a special traditional way. that enriched the place by far.

    nice temple on the 54.000m2 as well.

    enjoying special Hanoi food for lunch - Chum Ga, which is barbecued pork in ricenudelsoup with greens. back to hotel to relax the feets.

    first impression Hanoi, ok as a short stay but not the pups and the flair from HCM. let see what afternoon on the lake side will be able to change
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  • Day201

    Hanoi - first steps in Vietnam

    October 15, 2019 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Bien arrivés dans l'effervescente Hanoi avec sa nuée de scooters et moto. On profite des spécialités culinaires (egg coffee, pho, bun cha, etc.) entre les visites. Et surtout on attend avec impatience l'arrivée des parents d'Hadrien.Read more

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