|this was only one of many football games we saw on our ride...a Sunday morning past-time like other a lot of other countries...|
|there were arable fields under the bridge|
|this gave me pause until I saw that it was from a previous bridge...scary...|
|the wind nearly took this poor woman's load right off the rack on the back of her bike...|
|Chuong Duong Bridge off in the distance...|
|Chuong Duong is for cars and trucks...|
|Long Bien is only for two wheelers and the trains...|
|there were actually steps leading down to the river bank but the bank was too rocky for us to ride along so we gave it a miss...|
The ride was rocky but not that long so Rosemary suggested that we do one circumlocution of West Lake for exercise. I had my camera with me so took the chance to grab some shots on our way round.
|hard to believe that something so flimsy can carry a person...|
|the outrageous gates of a hotel...at least I hope it's a hotel and not a private house...|
|the building that belongs to the gates...|
|I just love the embellishments...|
|the pagoda is now decked with lanterns in advance of Tet...|
|I just love the splashes of colour the lotus lanterns add...|
|a beautiful but very cold bride willing to suffer for a great photo....|
After our epic non-ride and our 14km circuit of the lake we both felt a bit sweaty and decidedly hungry...time for lunch. Later Rosemary was kind enough to treat me to an acupressure massage at a place near her home. She'd found this place a while back when her knee was playing up and they'd really helped. The massage was strange; I'd never had an acupressure massage before, but I certainly felt the benefit of it later. After our massage we adjourned to the cafe on Yen Phu to enjoy some yummy Vietnamese yoghurt, mine with sticky rice and Rosemary's with coffee. While eating we discussed the pros and cons of a manicure/pedicure and came down in favour. So that's what we did...now my digits are pearly pink and trimmed to within an inch of my life.
I finished my day with a visit to my favourite Bi Tet restaurant and I'm now watching the brilliant Boardwalk Empire...you wouldn't be dead for quids...right?.