Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The train (2)

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[somewhere between Hanoi and Ninh Binh]

Monday, December 29, 2008

The train (1)

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Back from holidays!
My family and I took the train to go down to the Central provinces, and we naturally made a few stops along the way. We used buses, minivans, taxi, motorbikes, and a flight.. And of course the Reunification train, that runs from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Here's a scene from this train, and I'll probably post a few more this week!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Sunset

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My family is arriving tomorrow in Hanoi and we'll be traveling around on our motorbikes; so enjoy this photo while I'm away, and I'll be back with many more!
In advance, Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cute thing

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Okay, this isn't technically Hanoi, but it's not that far - in the North. I took this during my one-week motorbike trip, during which I saw some fantastic sights. Thankfully there weren't that many cars on the road, so those buffalos were safe!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Jingle bells

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Found this engraved bell in the Bút Tháp pagoda; my poor vietnamese skills only allow me to decipher 'Chùa Bút Tháp' (Bút Tháp pagoda), 'thành phố Hạ Long' (Halong city) and 'Tỉnh Quảng Ninh' (Quảng Ninh province). Yeah I know, I really oughta take some more lessons! Someone help me?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

What a house!

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In case you're wondering, this was taken right in the heart of Hanoi! To be more exact, right inside the excellent Museum of Ethnology of Vietnam (Bảo tàng Dân tộc học Việt Nam) which showcases the numerous ethnic minorities that coexist in the country. Outside the museum, you can find samples of traditional houses, most of them being 'community houses' - which explains the surreal height for instance!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Pagoda season

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[inside Bút Tháp pagoda]

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Little Buddha

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I found this interesting statuette in the Bút Tháp pagoda premises (this site is approximately 60 km away from Hanoi centre - translate into a 2h30 motorbike ride); the pagoda, which dates back to the 13th century, is really worth the visit!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fishin'

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[on Hồ Tây]

Friday, December 12, 2008

On a break

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[nearby a tourist gift shop in the center]

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Posey

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[next to the Temple of Literature]

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Tran Quoc Pagoda

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Tran Quoc Pagoda is located between Truc Bach lake (where I live) and Ho Tay (West Lake). The legend says it's been built during the 6th century A.D. on the banks of the river, and then relocated to its current site. Sure looks like it's been well renovated ;).

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Graduation

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Time to graduate for these young ladies, in a beautiful environment (the Temple of Literature, no less!).