There are very few flights from Hanoi direct to Manila – the one I took left Hanoi at 1:25 am on Thursday….so I sketched to stay awake. Despite the late/early hour, the airport was heaving with people standing around looking through windows into the ‘airside’. While I drew this I chatted to a family who were there to say goodbye to a young friend going to do a PhD in Japan and then after that I was surrounded by an enormous extended family taking photos of each other (I am sure I must have appeared in the corner of a few of their family snaps).
Here is my last sketch from last Sunday – done very quickly at Hoan Kiem Lake.
Here is another sketch I did last Sunday in Hanoi, near Hoan Kiem Lake. The steps up to the statue of Ly Thai To have elaborate dragon balustrades on each side – which were overlooking the crowds of kids skateboarding and zooming around on rollerblades.
On Sunday I was out sketching again – this time around Hoan Kiem Lake. To one side there was a square crowded with people enjoying the public open space, with this statue in it. Ly Thai To reigned in Vietnam from 1009 to 1028.
On my way back from my little sketch-walk on Saturday I stopped by a park and sketched this. I didn’t realise it at the time but the park (which was busy with skateboarders and kids in little motorised cars) is called Lenin Park…so no prizes for guessing who the statue is of.
Here is the second sketch I did yesterday. I had to perch awkwardly on a wall to sketch this in a spot free from the hoards of visitors. The pagoda is built on a single stone column and is supposed to represent a lotus blossom.
Today I was lucky enough to have some free time to go out and see some sights and sketch. This is where the remains of Ho Chi Minh are kept – apparently against his wishes. The sketch came out ok, but without a scanner I couldn’t get a very good copy of it.