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

Naïveté



(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!