Tuesday, December 8, 2009


After something close to one year and a half in Vietnam, it's time for me to say good bye. I am not moving very far - Hong Kong is just a short flight away.
The least I can say is that this stint in Hanoi has been quite an experience and I've discovered so much about Vietnamese culture in the countryside, which I truly adored for its landscapes and for the generosity of its people.

I'm sure there will be a new blog in HK... Not sure yet about the format, but there will be plenty of photos, for sure!

Until then... Enjoy the archives of Hanoi as I saw it.


Monday, November 16, 2009

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Garbage collection at night

This is possibly one of the toughest jobs in town - and mostly women are doing it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Birthday & Dialogue (sur Terre)

Last week I had the pleasure to welcome a very unusual group in my place for a few days: the 'Dialogue sur Terre' team.

They're a group of four (Audrey, with whom I spent a year in Singapore; Ludovic; Mariette and Guillaume) who took a year off to travel around the globe - but not for tourism. In every country they go to, they stop for 10 days in a remote village to mix with the locals, understand how they live and study the environmental impact. The goal? To assess whether a simpler life - while remaining comfortable - could be more environmentally conscious. More details on their website (mostly in French though)!

Now, back to the photo: we were celebrating Mariette's birthday with a delicious tiramisu - made from scratch, no less ;)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Hanoi's 999th birthday - the clown

After the dancers, the clowns were there to entertain the many kids who turned up at the event.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Hanoi's 999th birthday

Saturday marked the 999th birthday of Hanoi, with a lot of people in the street (again) and some celebrations in the street, such as this nice choreography I saw near Hoang Kiem lake.
More photos to come this week!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tết Trung Thu - the dragon spitting fire!

Last - but not least - of this series: the dragon spitting fire!

You can find more photos of the scene on my Flickr set.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Tết Trung Thu - the drum

Okay, back to Mid-Autumn now.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A French singer in Hanoi

A little pause on the Mid-Autumn Festival, as I just got back home from a concert with Francis Cabrel, a french singer-songwriter and guitarist. The guy is pretty popular back home and has been around for quite a while - I still remember singing some of his songs in music class during my high school years! It also happens he has some ties to Vietnam as his adopted daughter was born here.
Great concert, and all its proceeds were given to a local orphanage... That's the spirit!

If you're curious, you can check out some pics of the concert on my Flickr.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Tết Trung Thu

Yesterday was an important date for the Vietnamese people, as they all gathered in the street to celebrate 'Tết Trung Thu', a.k.a. the Mid-Autumn Festival. The city center was unbelievably crowded and many youngsters were wearing masks and accessories; what was the most striking though (besides the strong smell of dried squid in some streets) was the dragon dances I saw in various locations. This photo was taken very near my place as I was walking back home - and I am so thrilled I came across it! I'll be posting more pictures of it this week. Chúc mừng Tết Trung Thu everyone!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tea for three

Like in China, tea is a hugely popular beverage here (along with local vodka & beer, naturally). October is still hot, so you may want to enjoy it chilled!

Friday, October 2, 2009


(I can't think of a better word to describe it.)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sugar rush

Sometimes - when I miss France too much, or when I am in dire need for sugar - nothing is quite like the pastries from the Metropole. Ah, the things I would do for this chocolate tart!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


At least that's my interpretation of it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lone hat

Not sure what this hat is meant to conceal, but it sure does the job pretty nicely.

Monday, August 24, 2009

To make the gods happy(ier)

This is actually a super tiny vodka bottle I found on an altar. Isn't getting people drunk to make them happy the oldest trick in the world?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009


When I'm telling you it's too hot now... I'm not kidding!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009


In case you were wondering, we're not in Thailand. Still in Vietnam, I promise!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Hyper no more

This boy looks completely exhausted after a good sweat playing badminton! I think his parents won't have any trouble to put him to bed, for sure.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sleeping in the meadow

Well, I just wished I could do the same, but there would have to have a meadow in Hanoi to start with... We entered the hottest season now and life in the street is not slowing down!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Back to the Phủ Thành Chương excursion, I saw this collection of tools used in the field - still today!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Generation clash

I wasn't kidding when I said that youngsters were skateboarding next to Lenin!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monday, June 8, 2009

At the flower market - the transporter

Here I was at the Nghi Tam flower market the other night, and if you wanted to know how all those precious flowers are transported - well, here's your answer!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Breakdance contest

This group of youngsters was performing yesterday (as I suspect they do every weekend) on the Lenin square - that's right, just a little distance away from the statue of the Russian communist leader! Vietnam keeps surprising me in the many, many ways it's modernizing itself!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Vol de nuit

I never get tired of Trúc Bạch Lake; this was taken at... 3am last night. I decided to go on a short motorbike trip to the flower market at its peak hour and enjoyed the quietness of the city on the way there, something we're not really used to having in the daytime!

Friday, June 5, 2009


As Yann Arthus-Bertrand's much anticipated movie 'Home' is being released worldwide today, I couldn't miss the occasion to post this 'Earth from Above'-like picture!

Go catch it in your nearest movie theater (for Hanoians, you can actually go to l'Espace) or watch it on Youtube - in HD, no less!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hoa Đại

[somewhere in the Phủ Thành Chương manor]

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

HDP first birthday!

One year (and 200 posts) later, here we are. I'm still having fun taking pictures in the city and sharing them with you - keep the comments & suggestions coming!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Still at the Phủ Thành Chương residence, found this scary (but colorful) statue.

Monday, June 1, 2009

CDP Theme Day: Feet

Funky shoes, right? I found those at the Phủ Thành Chương residence during a photo field trip there yesterday.

I'll be posting more of the pics I took there throughout the week, in the mean time go visit what the other members of the CDP community concocted for you!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Valet parking (bis)

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Picture this with some engine and horn noises, and it's like you were here!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Valet parking

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As Vietnam's traffic is something close to 99% bikes (though we see more and more cars), you can imagine that valet parking is something quite different than what we're used to in other countries! Those guys will make sure that your bike is safe when you go to your favourite restaurant, and will make sure they are neatly parked - and I keep getting amazed at the density they manage to reach!