February 11th, 2010

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Feb 11 Thursday Hanoi to Saigon

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I found the hotel where I had spent Easter weekend 2006. From the below photos you will notice a marked difference in the activity since 2006. It is another hot day in Hanoi. I took a walk around Hoa Kiem Lake. Thousands of potted flowers are wilting in the heat, Mums, Begonias, Poinsettia, Azeleas, etc. The sense of the festivities is all over, the stalls selling New Years decorations, fowers, plants, blossom branches, gifts, new clothes and shoes. The markets are packed and today the men were taking longer lunches and drinking a whole lot more. I’ll be saying my “au revoirs” to Maud,  Martine and Caroline and find my way to the Hanoi airport for the flight to Saigon.