We ventured out to the "old quarter" again today and it went much better this time. It was still hot though. One of the things I wanted to do while we were here was to visit the quilt shop I had read about on the internet. It is run by a nonprofit organization that helps to train and employ women in rural villages to hand make quilts so that they can stay in their community and raise their children. The quilts are sold in shops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Min and on the internet. I really wanted to get one for Anna to have so we found that shop first and bought her this beautiful quilt.
We also wanted her to have an ao dai, the traditional dress of the Vietnamese women. We went to "silk street" and found her two silk ao dais. They are big on her but we didn't pay the money to have one made for her as she will outgrow it soon. These will fit her for a long time! Here is my favorite one.
The girls in our conical hats:
Allie in the old quarter:
Just hanging out: