Hanoi, Vietnam

The tale goes that Le Loi King came across a shining metal bar when he visited his friend. It turned out that his friend caught the bar in one of his attempts for fish. The King asked for the bar, brought it home and moulded it into a sword. All of a sudden, there was two words printed on the sword “Thuan Thien” (harmonious with heaven).
Le Loi then understood that the sword was a gift from heaven. He used it for the battle against the war with a neighbouring country. At the beginning of 1428, when peace prevailed, on one of his trip to the Thuy Quan (now Hoan Kiem) Lake, there was a tortoise rising above water and shouting: “Please return the sword to the Dragon King”. Without hesitation, the King threw the sword to the lake. The tortoise took the sword and dove down the water. From then on, Thuy Quan became Hoan Kiem lake. 
French Colonial. Just a reminder of the 80 years of French occupation of Vietnam. Vietnam fought for freedom during and after WWII under Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh's summer house
Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum. We walked through and viewed his body. Ho Chi Minh is revered in a god-like way in Vietnam.

One Pillar Pagoda. Built in 1049
We walked through the streets with our guide. They carry everything on motorbikes here:)
A small market street in Hanoi
Just a little temple with sellers in front
Inside the temple - not so little inside:)
Inside the temple grounds.
Tran Quoc Pagoda started being built in 541 and completed in 545 
Temple of Literature - outer garden
Temple of Literature - inner garden
Inside the Temple of Literature

Lovely artwork in the Women's Museum 

Military Museum
Memorial in Military museum - built with parts of crashed B52's

The ruins of a B52, still where it fell. 
Interesting Electrical Solution:)