Headed home, Reflections

November 1-2. Left for the airport at 5PM for our 8:30 flight, arriving in lots of time. All of us are coughing from exposure to Hanoi’s air pollution. Not good. We say a fond and sad goodbye to Hoan, who has been a terrific and fun guide and has greatly enhanced our enjoyment of Hanoi.Despite […]

Last Day in Hanoi

November 1. Chet, Carol and I have breakfast in the hotel, then set off to the gallery w had visited yesterday and talk with the artist, Thiet Cuong. We purchase the black and white painting pictured below (over Cuong’s left shoulder), as well as some ceramic plates.Outside we see some street food, chicken feet.We proceed […]

An Atypical Day

October 31. Yesterday evening, drinks with Chet in the Executive Lounge and then very excellent dinner at hotel’s Vietnamese restaurant (Nancy was not feeling well). Carol and I walked to the Bihn Mihn Jazz Club near the opera house to listen to some jazz.

.Fabulous day today with a guide whom we requested to organize […]

Ha Long Bay

October 29-30.  After breakfast, we depart at 7:45AM for a 3 1/2 hour drive through rice paddy fields to Ha Long Bay, stopping at a very commercial spot to learn about pearls.  We are cautioned by Hoan that this is not the best place to buy.

Arriving at Ha Long, we have a drink and […]

From Zumba to Water Puppets

October 28. As is often the case, one of the highlights of the day was not even on the itinerary. Carol and I arise early and head off towards the lake. En route, we encounter in close proximity, but seemingly oblivious to one another, badminton, tai chi, Zumba dancers, soccer games, ballroom dancers and more. […]