Tip: watch out for hazzards from above! I was hit in the head by a bolt that was dropped by someone working on the city's powerlines!
The streets in Hanoi seem to be organized thematically with stores selling similar wares all lined up together in clusters. As we walked from street to street, we passed enclaves of black smiths, tin smiths, carpenters, barbers, painters, manicurists and more. In a city as crowded as Hanoi, space is at a premium. Every inch is up for grabs and the city's sidewalks have all been converted into workshops, restaurants, storefronts, and salons with everyone was doing their work out in the open.
manicure on the side walk in front of an art gallery
cut and a shave just outside the Temple of Literature
Lock yourself out of your car? No worries, the locksmith is just hanging out on the roadside
At the end of our walk we went by Hoan Kiem Lake and the Temple of Literature to get a little zen in our lives.
incense at the Temple of Literature