Mausoleum, Military Prison, Temple of Literature, Cyclo ride and Puppet show
well today we started off with a dead body. I did not realize when we want to the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minn, Vietnam's beloved leader until 1969, that we would see his actual body, perfectly preserved and guarded by 6 soldiers standing stock still. it was quite the sight. At first I thought he must be wax as I could not see the glass he was encased in. I thought he was out in the open , but no, he is under glass and cold with nitrogen. Two months each year they undergo a special maintainance on him to keep him looking wonderful. He was 79 when he died and I must say quite a lovely looking fellow.
next it was onto the military prison which was very sobering. Deplorable conditions under French rule. the prison was later used to hold American pilots during the war Keeping them in the city lesson ed the chance of Hanoi being bombed
The temple of literature where Confucionism was taught for over 800 years produced only slightly over a thousand graduates
we had fun in the afternoon riding a cyclo, like a rickshaw only with the passenger in front. how touristy but interesting to ride through the chaotic streets of Hanoi. we finished off the afternoon with a water puppet show
lunch and dinner were both excellent and we were pretty exhausted by bedtime
I shall write about today later but right now need to get some sleep