Our final full day in Hanoi was spent exploring the French Quarter.
First stop was the infamous Hoa Lo prison, where we were duly educated on how the Vietnamese Freedom Fighters were horribly mistreated by French colonialists, and how American pilots incarcerated here during the Vietnam War were given great respect and freedom within the prison.
Certainly got us thinking about historical perspectives.
The exhibits and structures made the visit meaningful enough, albeit a little chilling, when you think about the numbers who suffered and died.
Lunch was delicious Vietnamese Vegetarian fare, and dessert was a lovely cat with the loudest Meow.
The afternoon was spent walking down lanes, exploring book stores, sitting down to read at an outdoor cafe near the Opera House (until some bees started harassing us) and catching a film (The classic “Nutcracker”) at the Hanoi Cinematheque. There were less than 7 people in the cosy theatre. Absolutely Perfect.
The day ended with us attending a concert at the Hanoi Opera House. A concert to commemorate ___ years of Vietnam-Korea relations, and the 100th Anniversary of the Opera House.
A perfect ending to a perfect day.
And with this, we have come to the end of our adventure in Hanoi.
Did I mention, perfect?