The last couple of months has been crazy, especially because… I got married as well! I can’t wait to share some images of the day, it has been a wonderful experience that I think will deeply influence my work as well. Meanwhile, I really want to talk a bit and show you something about our honeymoon in Vietnam, a country which I utterly adored: the people, the places, the history, the culture, the lush nature, the incredible food… everything in Vietnam will make your heart skip a beat. To be fair, though, our honeymoon started the evening after the wedding in Venice, where we enjoyed a romantic dinner at Caffé Florian and a romantic stay at Hotel Flora, a lovely hotel with a nostalgic charme very close to Piazza San Marco. The morning after, a taxi boat brought us to the airport, destination Hanoi.
In Hanoi we decided to “go local” and we rented a lovely air BnB in the city centre, that has been our base to explore the city for a couple of days. If you want to pamper yourself, though, I highly recommend Hotel Metropole: we just got a drink there but this is one of those memories we’re going to cherish indeed.
Hanoi is big and full: full of mopeds, full of people, full of shops, full of temples, full of restaurants, full of life. We loved to wander around the ancient market and take some time to rest at Ngoc Son Temple, join the traffic with a bike-taxi, look the happy students at Temple of Literature and being amazed by where the train pass between one house and the other (isn’t this crazy??) which is where we actually went through with the Victoria Express to go to Sapa, on our third day. A special mention to the Water Puppet Theatre, which to be fair is super touristic, but it’s definitely a show of ancient art that is worth visiting.
As said, after a couple of days we took “Vietnam’s Orient Express”, the Victoria Express, to arrive in Sapa: I can’t recommend this train enough, it has been one of my favourite experiences in Vietnam and it really felt a bit like we were travelling in a Wes Anderson movie. Sapa is exactly as you imagine it: rice fields on rice fields, smiling wrinkled ladies, colourful fabrics, happy children who look at you like you’re coming from another world (and maybe we are). Our lovely guide and interpreter Sissi took us through villages and fields, she let us talk and spend some time with the local communities and we’ve been invited to visit few houses, where children were happily playing with the domestic animals and grand or grand grand mothers were sewing or cooking with the younger ladies. After Sapa we went to Halong Bay and Hoi An, but this is enough to publish a whole new post in few days… stay tuned!