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!
You probably will have noticed by now that Hanoi doesn't have a lot of tall buildings (and I think that's part of the charm of it all); today however I made good use of my visit to the Sofitel Plaza to climb up to the 20th floor and snapped a quick shot of the city. On the left hand side, Trúc Bạch Lake (you can even see my building on the little peninsula on the far left); on the right hand side, the much bigger West Lake. Separating them is the dyke road where I featured the Tran Quoc Pagoda.
Well, I'm off tomorrow to Malaysia for a week; I'll be back here soon!
I was getting tickets at the Opera the other day, and from the ticket counter I told myself 'the road sure looks wider than before'. Not until I realized that the roundabout that used to be right in the middle... went missing.
Thankfully I passed by today again and it is back! I looked closer and it actually consists of a couple hundred plants in their pots... Smart!
Believe it or not, this is one of the classic sights in Hanoi - not that you see them everyday in the city, but you will sure get a good chance to have a close look if you go nearby the Metropole. For those who are not familiar this is one brilliantly maintained Traction Avant from Citroën - probably the most iconic car in France during the WWII period. This one probably is over 50 years old, can you believe that?
'kay, I'm kidding, that's not the person in charge of the road/railway junction traffic. But when a train leave the station and temporarily invades the motorbikes' domain, trust me, that's something to see! Lots and lots of 2-wheelers, whose drivers are (hardly) ever losing their temper. Definitely something French drivers should learn from! ;)
For those of you who have visited Hanoi (or even Hanoi Daily Photo for the past few months), this ochre color is unmistakably very typical of the city, whether on the old colonial mansions or on the local tube houses from the Old Quarter. This wall is losing of its original color, but it's giving it a certain charm!