The mausoleum that houses the mummified body of Ho Chi Minh. This was how I kicked off Christmas morning. Really strict entry requirements. No cameras, no talking, and the guards will yell at you if you even have your hands in your pockets. Changing of the guard.
Hoan Kiem Lake, in the middle of downtown Hanoi. Not sure if these are out all year, or if they were just for Christmas. The path around Hoan Kiem Lake.
More lights Turtle Tower, in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Saint Joseph Church at night
The last night after traveling together for 28 days through four countries. Fuck Me Up Bucket Last bucket in Vietnam.
Some intense late night, bucket-fueled negotiations for street food on the walk back to the hotel. Pretty sure this is the best fried calamari I've ever had. Turtle Tower and Hoan Kiem Lake in the daytime.
Hanoi power lines! Saint Joseph Church Tree overhaning a sidewalk.
The Hanoi Hilton, officially known as Hoa Lo Prison. Most of the prison was demolished to make room for that skyscraper, which is just a bunch of offices. Only a small section remains as a museum. Guillotine used by the French to execute political prisoners.
John McCain's stay at the Hanoi Hilton. John McCain's flight suit John McCain visiting the prison years later.
Propaganda poster showing the faces of American B-52 crewmen who were shot down during Operation Linebacker II in 1972. Hoa Lo prison cells Painting of a Vietnamese political prisoner.
Outdoor memorial to political prisoners who were imprisoned. French occupiers I guess the French were assholes.
Hanoi Tower, the reason most of Hoa Lo Prison was knocked down. Entrance gate to the Temple of Literature, which was built in 1070 and became Vietnam's first university in 1076. Temple roof
Bronze dragon Inside the temple Sunflower
Gilded turtle Dragon Decorative bronze dragon
Another temple statue Monument on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake. Another memorial. You can definitely see the Communist influence.
The bridge to Ngoc Son Temple, which is in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake. Walking out to Ngoc Son Temple. Temple statue. Of what, I'm not sure.
Trees at Ngoc Son Temple Giant mummified turtle Looking out at Hoan Kiem Lake.
Christmas Dinner course #1 Christmas Dinner course #2 Christmas Dinner course #3
Christmas Dinner course #4

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