|Roast lamb with all the trimmings|
|Self portrait...silly but sometimes you just need to record the moment.|
Afterward Rosemary and I decided to combine a good walk with trying to find out what kind of fabric we could find at the two big markets. If you know me you will know that I'm geographically dyslexic...well, apparently so is Rosemary. So it was with some trepidation that we set out armed with our (not always accurate map) but we managed not only to find our way but to find it quickly and easily! The first fabric market is near our area of Hanoi, it's called Dong Xuan Market. In the middle of the market there a huge warehouse type building where they sell dried fruit on the ground floor entry, shoes and crap inside and fabric and clothing on the second floor. I found a gorgeous tomato red chiffon to make another Donna Karan dress (that I have a pattern for) and I wanted some stretch net to make a sort of cardi but it proved elusive, so we set out for the Hom markets down in the Hai Ba Trung District.
|Guarding the temple!|
|Isn't this little munchkin just adorable? I just love the animal suits!|
On the way back the sun had set and the wonderful fairy lights that I love so much all came on and turned the drab buildings that you see in the daytime into veritable fairy palaces. Even the trees are decorated, though Amanda did tell me that now it's not so legal to incorporate trees anymore...because of the fire risk perhaps?
|The lights pulsate and create 'droplets' down through the mass of fronds...it just looks spectacular.|
|Even a plain old draped tree looks something special at night.|
|The Red Bridge to the Large Pagoda|
Many of the trees round the lake shore have brightly coloured lamps in them too, which look like large xmas baubles. It really transforms what can seem like a bit of a drab and dirty city during the daytime.
|This is the small pagoda, you can just see some of the 'tree lights' in the background. I love the way this pagoda looks day and night...a perfect miniature.|
|Tet decoration street.|
By the end of our day we were both tired and hungry - albeit very proud of ourselves for having negotiated the city and the markets without getting lost. So we set forth for Rosemary's favorite food place right on the bank of West Lake. She very kindly treated me to a meal of Pho Cuon, fresh rice paper rolls. The place was pumping when we got there and we didn't want to sit inside but sadly there were no emptly tables outside. No problem... the nice man that owns the place just grabbed another plastic table, a couple of those tiny stools and set us up under a tree right next to the lake a bit further down the road...so efficient.
|The rolls get dipped in the yummy pickles in sauce...which is enhanced by a bit of chilli sauce.|
The rolls were fresh, fat free and plentiful and the grand total of 30,000vd (about $1.50) for each of us.
We chowed down, said our good nights and went our separate ways and thus ended another great day.