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Month: August 2008

Inner peace?

Here we are again, in the Temple of Literature. This courtyard is where the students used to be relaxing after their lessons, a couple of hundred of years ago. I’m not sure they would be able to relax anymore today… Continue Reading…


Yellow star

Grey skies, yellow walls, Vietnamese ‘coat of arms’; no doubt, we’re in Hanoi! 😉 You may notice the coat of arms is representing a yellow star on a red field, with a reference to the cooperation of agricultural and industrial… Continue Reading…


Lighthouse

One thing you’ll notice about Hanoi is that there aren’t that many houses that are built in a style we’re used to seeing in Europe or in America; I was hence stunned to discover this one last weekend, right in… Continue Reading…


Copycat

How much is a Van Gogh, or a Dali worth? Well, you may find some here for a couple of dollars. Of course the quality of the copy will be very inconsistent, but that something you can live with at… Continue Reading…


Street food

I was strolling down the road the other day when this lady offered to sell some snacks that were unknown to me; I gladly accepted the offer and discovered it was some glutinous buns that were tasting like prawns… Not… Continue Reading…


Over the top

Still in the Temple of Literature, a nice, timeless rooftop. Have a great weekend everyone!


Procession

As I was exiting the Temple of Literature the other day I gladly realized that there was a fair mix of locals and overseas tourists; it’s always so much better this way, just rather than a flow of French visitors… Continue Reading…


And thou shalt be remembered

Do you remember finally getting your degree by reading your name on some paper listing on the university’s walls? Well, that’s nothing compared to what the former Emperors used to be doing here. During over 600 years, the name of… Continue Reading…


‘Fuh’?

Ladies and gents, please allow me to introduce you to one of Vietnam’s culinary institutions: not Phở 24 which is just a restaurant chain, but rather to the phở itself; if you have come to Vietnam one day in your… Continue Reading…


Standing still

As I was mentioning in an earlier post, one of the ways people pay respect to the dead is by burning money (fake money that is). You can actually guess that’s what’s going on here, next to this beautiful tree.… Continue Reading…


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