We were staying in Hà Nội Old Quarter
and walked to the infamous train track street
The charm of this place is the train tracks
that passes through the settlements of the people.
There are cafés and food stalls
as people dry their laundry and
go about everyday business like
the trains tracks are part of their cityscape.
After our visit to the tracks,
we kept walking, soaking all
the sights and sounds…
till we found ourselves
in front of the oldest catholic church in Hà Nội
St. Joseph’s Cathedral had that old gothic architecture
and an all embracing aura in front of the church.
Travellers, students, photographers, newlyweds
all seemed to find something to do in front of the church
(this is why public space is so important)
We too found ourselves a small stall
and drank some yougurt and Vietnamese coffee
Then, we walked some more
in search of a good roadside lunch
and we weren’t disappointed at all…
one can always do museums and more museums in Hà Nội
but that was taken care of in the last trip so we just walked.
The best part about walking is
you get distracted by very many things
and while it is a good thing
the Trấn Quốc Pagoda was already closed
by the time we reached there.
But we gathered so much more
in terms of getting to know the city
and I could only be so grateful
for this walking experience.
By evening, the Hoàn Kiếm Lake had lit up
and the square was bustling with activities.
For dinner, we sat by the road once again
in this Cơm Gà corner which apparently means chicken rice
but what were we to know, we ordered beef rice with vegetables
and that gravy chilly chicken which was sweeter than expected
but what a feast to end a wonderful day of walking in Hà Nội.