Before I get started we were here for New YEars and “blew it out” yea we did, the town was on fire and so were we

Upon arrival to Hanoi we were taken to the famous and opulent Metropole Hotel ( a Sofitel Legend Hotel).

and I was in awe of its fine qualities: Rooms, pools, athletic facility and spa treatment rooms


Spa treatment room = wow is all I can say

We could have hired a driver for these vintage vehicles for a mid night tour below

The dinning was fabulous below

So on to the sites around town.  We went to a water puppet show

some temples on the beautiful lake out our back door

Above and below is the “Lake of Restored Sword”

We toured the prison called the Hanoi Hilton

and Ho Chi Minh’s tomb

The beautiful Temple of Literature below

Here we visite the Fine Arts Museum where traditional clothing and costumes are housed

also visited the many markets


and took an over night train to SAPA where we went hiking in the mountains on the China border.  See Sapa for more information

Arden and I at the tomb of Ho Chi Minh