I stayed in Hanoi for 4 days. I stayed in the old quarter of Hanoi. You already know about that. I took a few day’s retreat to Sa Pa and Ninh Binh from the bustling city but came back to Hoan Kiem Lake again, for the city is blissfully beautiful. here are few snapshots from Hanoi which will (hopefully) inspire you to take a take there and soak in the glory of days of yore.
And, I shall end the post with a poem dedicated to hanoi by Alison Jesson.
Balcony in Hanoi
Whether it is the slap-slap of sandalled feet
of women who bear baskets of dragon fruit,
or the creak of bicycles carrying bundles
of greens and limes to market,
the road outside my window never sleeps.
Pale apricot sun diffuses morning mist
as motor cycles weave through blaring horns,
laden with chickens or pigs, dried fish or fridges.
Rickshaw-drivers lounge, waiting to pedal
tourists down other dusty streets.
In noon heat, a dog pants in the shadows
and laughing schoolgirls ride past like slender storks.
At dusk, families gather round pavement cook pots,
share noodle soup, and talk
of dollars, Hondas, mobile phones,
farmers who sell paddy fields for factories.
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