Last morning in Hanoi. Just a lazy stroll around the Old Quarter and around the lake. First stop a small cafe, enjoying all the early morning activity, sipping on an avocado smoothie.
Some locals caught our attention
Gardeners exhausted and asleep ... and it's only 10am
On the central lake, Hoan Kiem Lake, is the Confucian temple complex of Ngoc Son, with attractive entry gates, bridge and peaceful island setting in the middle of the chaos of the city.
Leaving the city you can see a 40 km mosaic mural,which was completed to commemorate the 1,000 years of the establishment of Hanoi city by the Ly dynasty.
PS Throughout the past two weeks we have been hearing elevator music, particularly Love Story, Dr Zivago, Fur Elise etc (even to the extent of being piped around Hoi An streets) and Mark came up with the culprit's name, Richard Clayderman. Was he still alive, whatever happened to him, we wondered? Walking around the lake this morning, our question was answered. He's alive and well and about to tour Vietnam - probably the only country who still remember and value his elevator-style music over and over again.