When in Hanoi, you want to take it slowly because seriously,
as you will see from the photos below,
there is so much happening,
you can miss it in the blink of an eye.
Stopping to savor Hanoi in sight, sounds and taste
is the best way to go...and oh yes,
I will skip right to the food
because I love Vietnamese food.
When in Hanoi,
with a view to Hoan Kiem Lake
at 73 Cao Go Street, Hoan Kiem
All of these are worth every bite!
Fried Soft Shell Crab with Garlic Rock Salt
Cua bay rang muoi toi
Marinated Banana Blossom with Shredded Chicken Salad
Goi ga hoa choi
Deep Fried Crispy Tofu with Lemongrass and Chili
Dua trunk chien sa ot
Royal Lotus Fried Rice
Com chien hang bao
Traditional Grilled "Lang" Fish with Local Herbs
Cha ca lang co truyen
Those Vietnamese herbs...you know how I love those herbs.
And a word on the 'fried'...you wouldn't even know it.
Each dish was as light and delicate as the next, the way we like it.
I had spied Hanoi Design Centre
several times on past visits and always wanted to stop.
So this time we pulled into 91 Au Co, Tay Ho
and stayed a while.
The Centre is a one-stop showroom for buyers and tourists
featuring the work of Vietnamese and International designers.
We picked up the handwoven rattan vase
on the right to tuck away in a corner of Tahilla Farm
and the hand woven fabric hanging from the ceiling below.
All and all it was a good shopping trip
and well worth the visit.
Our bags below are a testament to a job well done.
Tan My Design has been on my radar as well.
You can see the glass storefront along the sidewalk below.
It is located at 61 & 63 Hang Gai Street.
The view below is from the inside looking out to the street.
I have not ventured into the hand-painted silk dress just yet
although it did cross my mind that it would be a fun idea
for a mother of the groom/bride dress.
I am going to hold onto that thought for the next wedding.
One down, three to go. ;)
We enjoy Vietnamese art as much as we do the food.
Hanging on the wall...a sea of conical hats.
If only we had the room...
I found a few little pieces at Tan My to tuck away for future gifts
and made a note to return another time without the Mr.
who is a good shopper but not a great shopper.
Shopping mission accomplished,
we did what we so enjoy doing in Vietnam.
Walking and taking it all in...slowly.
I love street scenes...
especially when I am on the go and no one has caught on.
Couldn't resist the fist sign of spring on the balcony above.
If you travel to Hanoi, a walk around Hoan Kiem Lake is a must.
It was a dark and drizzly kind of day in Hanoi...even then, it has it's own charm.
I should mention that they experience four seasons up north (Hanoi) as opposed
to our endless days of warm sunshine in the south (Saigon).
To be honest, I find the grey a nice change at times, but not all the time.
Along the lake, gardens are under way with the first spring plantings.
This was a reminder for me to stock up again on my conical hats for Tahilla Farm.
They make great gardening hats and are the perfect shape if you need to
cover yourself in mosquito netting. Which I do...
Ladies everywhere (except me) were making efforts
to protect their hair from the rain.
I got a kick out of the pink plastic bag brigade below.
and there you have it...our day in Hanoi.
For it all happened in one day.
|Beep! Beep! Hanoi!|
Planning on travelling to Hanoi?
Here's a few places you might like to check out..
73 Cao Go Street, Hoan Kiem
Madame Hien Cafe
15 Chan Cam, Hoan Kiem
Tan My Design
61 & 63 Hang Gai Street
91 Au Co, Tay Ho
Thang Long Gallery
41 Hang Gai.
Green Palm Gallery
39 Hang Gai
có một ngày tuyệt vời!
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