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One of the xe om drivers misheard my directions and they ended up the far side of Hanoi. According to Sam, it was the best mistake I've ever made as he had 3 times the length of journey on the back of the motorbike.
The lotus leaves are huge and are used to wrap around the flowers to give them protection (and preserve their appearance as petals always fall off the minute you unband them). The flower girls tie the flowers you've bought onto the back of your motorbike or bicycle using thin strips of bamboo and then twisted tight.
The flowers are either bunched up and wrapped in a lotus leaf ready for selling or the petals and stamens are stripped off and the stigma (I guess - trying to remember my A level biology!) sent for production of lotus scented tea. see the later photos of the flowers being stripped.
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