During a lull in the torrential monsoon rains that have been falling on Manila, the Marketman family has escaped for a trip to Hanoi and Hong Kong that was planned weeks ago. If you can’t get to Paris, get to Hanoi and stay in the French Quarter. It is fabulous. And the food, I might add, is probably better than in France. :) The day before we left, tourists were photographed on the roofs of tri-cicads doing whatever they had to do to get to the airport in floodwaters. Locals fleeced them at PHP1,500 a head to cross the waist deep waters, probably only to find out most flights had been cancelled. We got out on Wednesday, and while we got to the airport three hours before our flight, everything went quite smoothly despite a slight delay. I noticed “Janet’s” photo was plastered all over the immigration area, and wondered if there was a reward for an immigration officer that spotted her if she tried to leave the country… Geez, how the mighty have fallen.
More on our trip when we get back, but for now, enjoy this fantastic arrangement of lilies in the main lobby of the Hotel Metropole, Hanoi. I was wary that the hotel would be past its prime, a vestige of its storied past, but I can assure you it has been recently refurbished and it is quite stunning. I have left a few posts for you guys to enjoy, but meanwhile, we hang the “do not disturb” sign while we pursue a few days of adventure, serious eating and battery re-charging. :)