Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Vietnam: The Peaceful Elegance of Hanoi

The Graham Greene Suite at the Hotel Metropole

Terrace of  Somerset Maugham Suite

Metropole Hotel

Playing a kind of badminton where you kick the shuttlecock instead of using a racket.

The Opera

The entrance to the bomb shelter built beneath the Metropole during the war with the United States.

Entrance to the prison known as the Hanoi Hilton

Most of the displays are not about the American POWs held here, but about the Vietnamese prisoners of the French

The Vietnamese credit Americans with helping them win the war.

A flight suit said to have belonged to John McCain

Guitar and volleyball net in glass display case. Supposed to show U.S. prisoners had recreation opportunities.

Wise mien above the gate at the Temple of Literature

Graduating students go to the Temple of Literature to have their pictures taken.

Model of the Temple of Literature

Monument to the gunners who brought down John McCain's plane. He landed in this lake.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, near the site where McCain landed after he was shot down.

Hanoi Cathedral

Preparing a cocktail that commemorates the Christmas 1972 bombing of Hanoi. It's called the Joan Baez, because she was there.

Dancers in the early morning at a park near the Metropole Hotel.

Watching a shuttlecock fly on a sidewalk badminton court.

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