I hung around Starbucks until almost noon over coffee and a blueberry muffin. It was raining and seemed like it would not stop just for me and my desire to walk another direction and take some photographs. But the FujiFilm camera does okay in the rain and clothing and old retired body is fine so out I went. I walked through what is called the French Quarter which is the magnificent old architecture and state and federal buildings like embassies and consulates. I saw the French Embassy today. I don’t remember seeing that one.
Yet it rained still and thunder rolled across and I was starting to wonder if I should stop at one of the literally millions of coffee shops and wait it out. Then the rain started lessening but I had been taking some photographs no matter what. It was one of those “tweener” days. It rained until about 2pm and then as I was negotiating the turns to get back to Hoan Kiem Lake and do some other photography that I did not know I wanted to do until I got back it stopped. The skies were still dark but I headed to one of the places I go for beer after doing about 12k steps.
Here are a few results of my labor. You see? I’m here for you. Hanoi is yielding all those secrets but keeping a lot more. Even after months I will not have seen the city. Its too vast and mysterious and I am but a two legged retired guy who cannot turn down every street.
All in all, a nice day to be out even if I got rather wet.
Other travel plans and places to go…
I also booked a trip in July to go to Con Dao for a week. I will fly from Ho Chi Minh City there for some time on the beaches, inspecting the historic sites, and just doing what my prime directive is. That would be eating and drinking and subjecting you to my photography across Vietnam. To say that I love this country would be accurate. Food, people, culture, places. I’ll be sorry to see my six month visa wind up in September. Never fear though. I have a number of places to still record on this blog in northern, central, and southern Vietnam. Just sit back and relax. This tour is far from over.