With a stuff for a week and with my long time buddy, Ajay we travel to Hanoi. We find Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the city’s most unusual, lively and colorful places. Here, we find that the entire area is in fact one large market. We browse and shop for musical instruments, snake wine, silk, mats, woven, candlesticks, even “ghost money” and much, much more.
Here, we find exploring the maze of streets and alleys an adventure! We’ve got lost in the Old Quarter because of the frequent change of street name every couple of blocks. But it’s fun!
We passed by Hang Thiec Street and bought “ghost money” or fake money which we used for burning at Buddhist ceremonies. And that includes fake US$5,000 bills! Hahaha We find this travel strange but enjoyable.
When we reached Lan Ong Street, we find a wide array of herbs that will whip up a concoction for whatever ails you on. Hang Chieu Street specializes in straw ropes and mats. On Hang Hanh Quat Street, Buddhas and Buddhist altars are for display.
Now we are ready for a break. We visit Hang Hanh Street which is devoted to coffee shops. Hereby, Nha Tho Street is less crowded and quieter part of the Old Quarter which is also near the lake. We find Nah Tho lined with French restaurants cafes, antique stores and at the end of the block, St, Joseph Cathedral. So relaxing.
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