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Food Joint – Hanoi, Vietnam


Photo of the Day – Food Joint – Hanoi, Vietnam

I love this photo – such a classic view of the streets of Hanoi. And, there is so much information in this picture.

First, the food. Imagine it, you are walking the streets of Hanoi in Northern Vietnam looking for a place to grab an afternoon “lunch” – in this case, you’ll most likely be in search of Pho, the deliciously simple Vietnamese Noodle Soup. Unlike traditional restaurants with frontage, menus in the window and a door, you’ll have an endless selection of Vietnamese style sidewalk cafes. Built of plastic tables and chairs and literally taking up the entire sidewalk, these food joints are the place to go for authentic Vietnamese street food.

Secondly, the scooters. Oh, the scooters! It is not cars that clog the streets, but instead an endless number of scooters that take one to six people zipping through the streets.

So, hop on a scooter and start searching for the best Vietnamese street food!

Food Joint - Hanoi, Vietnam

The Streets of Hanoi – Hanoi, Vietnam


Photo of the Day – The Streets of Hanoi – Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi has some of the most interesting and walkable streets of any city in the world. Cars are replaced with bicycles, motorbikes and other creative people movers we are not used to seeing on the streets back home. The sides are lined with shop after shop packed full of local necessities and the sidewalks are filled with people eating on little plastic stools or even getting their haircut right in the open street. Adding to all of the foreign beauty are the lush green trees creating a natural roof over the whole scene.

The Streets of Hanoi - Hanoi, Vietnam

Vietnamese Bayonet March – Hanoi, Vietnam


Photo of the Day – Vietnamese Bayonet March – Hanoi, Vietnam

When we first visited the Northern Vietnamese city of Hanoi, Will and I spent one morning exploring the various Ho Chi Minh sites the country had created to honor the late communist revolutionary leader. The Museum, the Mausoleum and the “vestige” area all felt a bit scripted as if they were created to paint Ho Chi Minh in a very carefully focused light to modern day visitors. After spending a few days touring around Vietnam you develop a skepticism for the authenticity of anything you see that is related to the government or the war.

Feeling unexcited by what we had come to see, both of us were pleasantly surprised when a group of bayonet wielding soldiers began authoritatively marching around the grounds for no good reason at all. Looking through the focused barrel of my camera lens, I caught one of the soldiers staring me in the eyes and for a split second I thought I had been identified as enemy #1 – American :)

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