We carried a map around with us the whole trip that had numerous locations highlighted on it. We did a good job of checking off all of the locations, but still had a few to get to. So, when I returned from my photography tour, we went to the Temple of Literature and the Vietnam Military History Museum.
The Temple of Literature, the host of the first national university, was neat. It's a completely outdoor venue so I recommend going in the early morning or late evening when visiting during the hotter months of the year. Also, keep in mind that this is a huge stop for school field trips. We learned here, much like at the Vietnam National Museum of History, the kids weren't that interested in the Temple itself - they were really there to get pictures with tourists.
We decided to skip the Hanoi Citadel, but we were able to snap a few photos of the tower while we were at the Vietnam Military History Museum. To us, it was a bit iconic during our time in Hanoi because we could get our bearings every time we saw it.
Mark really wanted to go to the military museum and he thoroughly enjoyed his time spent here. It has a lot of American equipment from the Vietnam War, which they now proudly display as war trophies within the museum.
The temple and museum were both on the list of "must-sees," but I have to admit that I was over sightseeing. There is absolutely nothing wrong or bad about either of these places, but I was done with the heat and the crowds that the touristy spots come with. So, after the museum we headed back to the hotel and I took a nap for two reasons. 1) because I had been up since 4:30 am, 2) because I was on vacation and could do whatever I wanted.
When I woke up, we went to pick-up our paintings!! We loved them all, but I was especially excited to see the one we had made for my dad (I'll share it on a "Wanderlust Wednesday" post because he still hasn't received it and I don't want to spoil the surprise.). The two of us decided to get Kacey and her husband one, too, because they've been so great to us and our precious puppy (they loved it!).
That night, we did BBQ for dinner: grilled meats, bread, and veggies. Yum! It was definitely a change up from our typical street food dinners, but we really enjoyed it.
To wrap up the night, Mark had his first sugarcane juice and we got ice cream. Happy Anniversary to us!