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Women’s Museum, Hanoi

‚ÄčThis museum is so cool! It has little modern twists and contemporary sayings of women’s liberation to help engage the modern audience. There are floors of displays and artifacts surrounding traditional dress, war heroes, birth and marriage rituals. It’s thorough, respectful and educative. There are also photography prizes  a gift shop and a cafe as well.

Keep in mind it closes at 5 (we didn’t know and we’re chased out!). Also bring your walking shoes because there’s a lot to see. 

It’s great to recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in a patrilineal society, and during some of the most trying times, war. 

It’s a bit far out from the Old Quarter, which is tourist central, so consider taking a taxi, or bring your map. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

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Hanoi Police Museum, Vietnam

Well curated, well maintained. This museum is very interesting, although not necessarily a ‘must-do’. The main drawcards were that the museum sits close to the Ho Loa prison and is free entry. 

The staff were nice and accommodating. The displays were multilingual- French, English and Vietnamese. 

Provides a thorough recount through testimony and artefact of the police through contemporary history and major events. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Canterbury Museum, Christchurch NZ

This museum is very interesting. The exhibits are quite informative, and so you’re bound to learn something new. It’s a great place for families and kids, as there’s plenty to see- natural history, cultural history, artifacts from contemporary life. It’s great value for a free day out. The museum is quite respectful and objective when depicting New Zealand’s past and I was really pleased to see such cultural sensitivity. The cafe at the top is always busy and the grounds are quite lovely. 

Disclaimer: This review was also posted on TripAdvisor. This blog has no affiliation with TripAdvisor. I just share my experiences to spread the love to fellow travelers.

Haiku #137 (Obscuring Stendhal Syndrome)

Paintings are windows
To other worlds. You can see
Horses, lovers, cats,

The rise and fall of
Empires, or howling seas.
But- you can only

Witness these paintings
whEN PEOPLE STOP STANDING IN
FRONT OF YOU AND BLOCK

YOUR VIEW WITH THEIR BIG
HEADS AND THEIR HIGH-PITCHED QUASI-

INTELLECTUAL
CONVERSATION, RIGHT THERE IN
YOUR PERSONAL SPACE.

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