Saturday, December 22, 2012
Today we had a buggy tour of the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Our buggies were electric carts, like 6-passenger golf carts. So we were riding in style, but in a vehicle much more suited to the narrow crowded lanes of the Old Quarter.
First we passed the Vườn Hoa Con Cóc/Frog Park with the Chavassieux Fountain:
(The disadvantage of speeding along in a vehicle is that photos are hard to take.)
Some monks along Hoan Kiem Lake:
Cho Dong Xuan/Market:
Quan Chuong City Gate:
Emperor Lê Lợi had a sword that helped him defeat the invading Chinese Ming Dynasty. Legend has it that one day when boating on this lake, a turtle came up and snatched away the sword. They could not find the sword or the turtle, so Lê Lợi concluded it was the Golden Turtle God who came to reclaim the sword. He renamed the lake as "Lake of the Returned Sword." Later this tower was built to commemorate the event.
We were returned to the Metropole Hotel, and had from 10:00 to 14:30 on our own, to pack and ready for leaving Hanoi, and for lunch. We were already packed, checked out, and started a walking tour that covered much the same area as the buggy tour.
This time the Chavassieux Fountain had bridal couples posing around it:
Thái Tổ Statue and Park:
Lý Thái Tổ was the founder of the Lý Dynasty who moved the capital to this location.
Kids play soccer near the gazebo:
Cầu Thê Húc/Morning Sunlight Bridge leading to Jade Island that has a temple:
Long Water Puppet Theatre:
Unfortunately, the water puppet performances were all booked.
Each table is wired for a hotplate:
The toilet tissue lady:
A stupa had decoration made from a mosaic of broken ceramic pieces:
Next, Siem Reap 1.