Discovering Hanoi12 mars 2015
Today, we explored Hanoi and the Old Quarter. We went to Hoan Kiem Lake and visited the Ngoc Son Temple on the island. We went up to St Joseph Cathedral and listened to the bells while drinking a Vietnamese coffee (and a hot chocolate). Too bad it was raining in the morning, but it was a bit better in the afternoon.
For lunch, we had a pho, a rice noodle soup, the Vietnamese national dish: simple but good. Then, we visited the Hoa Lo Prison. It was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners. They used the guillotine which is displayed there. Later, the prison was used by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Then, it was sarcastically known to American prisoners of war as the "Hanoi Hilton" (because they were well treated). The prison was demolished during the 1990s, only remains the gatehouse where is the museum. It was an interesting visit.
Then, we kept walking in the streets, had a photo with strangers, had another Vietnamese coffee (there are cafés everywhere) watching the crazy traffic!
Tonight, we had dinner in the streets, it was good!