After all the noisy streets lined with run-down buildings,
we suddenly turn into an alley filled with
charming cafes and eateries!
An elderly Vietnamese gentleman sitting at the park with
a very french beret perched on his head and a bicycle propped before him. How charmingly French!
Majority of the buildings in Hanoi are in disrepair
... much like this one.
It's amazing how they can even ride a motorbike into these alleys!
A grand building near the Hoan Kiem Lake.
This whole area is known as the Hoan Kiem District.
One of the many baguette sellers along the road.
Due to the dustiness of the roads,
some actually cover up their baguettes with plastic
to protect them.
One of the many shopping lanes in the old quarter
The Vietnamese love to sit on low stools.
Fascinating how they can expand or close their
street cafes by simply adding or removing the stools!
The stools serve as seats and tables for your drinks.
The floor here is littered with sunflower seed husks.
Local streetside cafe just outside St Joseph's Cathedral