Hanoi, Vietnam

Today, we visited some of Hanoi’s most unique landmarks in the Old Quarter, such as the imposing St. Joseph’s Cathedral.

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Particularly interesting was the Ho Loa Prison, used by French colonists to imprison Vietnamese revolutionaries, and later used by North Vietnam to hold U.S. political prisoners.

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The conditions in the jail were extremely brutal, something that can be felt within its dark prison cells.

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This was also the prison where John McCain was held as a POW when he was captured in the Vietnam War.

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Just a quick tuk-tuk ride later…

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…we visited the Temple of Literature, Confucian temple and host of Vietnam’s first national university.

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Looks like some students were graduating!

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We were able to catch a few more sights by tuk-tuk and walking.

Check out one of Hanoi’s icons: the Buddhist Trấn Quốc Pagoda.

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Here’s Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. He’s not currently inside, though, because for two months out of the year he’s taken to Russia for “physical maintenance”.

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After some Vietnamese egg coffee (amazing!), we took a tour of the French Quarter.

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The best part had to be roaming the streets of Hanoi with our good friends!  😀

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