It is time to finish recounting the experience of the trip north with our time in Ha Noi (Thang Long). The Emperor Ly Thai To established Thang Long as his capitol in 1010. Of course two years ago there was the 1000 year celebration. In Ha Noi we got to see the Lake of the Restored Sword. The legend says that one day the Emperor was out on his boat thinking about how to rid his country of the Chinese invaders. A very large turtle appeared and offered him a sword telling him to use it in battle to defeat the invading army. The Emperor was successful and when requested, returned the sword to the turtle, hence the name of the lake. During the 1000 year celebration a very large, very old turtle appeared in the lake. People noticed that he had been hurt so he was given a lot of attention and great medical care then released back into the lake.
I am including pictures we took also. No photographs are allowed inside the mausoleum and the Honor Guard members keep people moving. Even with that one still has maybe two minutes to see Uncle Ho.
Next vacation visit beautiful Viet Nam.
Hen gap lai