Tree, Vietnam

I didn’t visit the Reunification Palace while I lived in Ho Chi Minh City, only seeing it when I returned to the country on a flying visit. The building has a rather theatrical quality, which makes me think of a film set. The gardens, but contrast, are cool, dark and rather inviting, with lots ofContinue reading “Tree, Vietnam”

District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Sorry, not really a photo, but I was trying to give the impression of a really busy place with people coming from all directions. And a bit of the contrasting old and new. I miss walking in Ho Chi Minh City, it has a bustling buzz. People are always doing something and there is alwaysContinue reading “District 1, Ho Chi Minh City”

Bicycle, Vietnam

Although the centre of Ho Chi Minh City has an increasingly modern skyline, this changes as you move away and it becomes increasingly low-rise and older fashioned. In the same way, although there are increasing numbers of cars and trucks, most vehicles are motorcycles and occasionally bicycles. Although this feels like a recent picture toContinue reading “Bicycle, Vietnam”

Bodybuilding Club, Vietnam

Happy New Year! My first post of 2020 – is a sign for a bodybuilding club in Ho Chi Minh City! I like the strong use of colour and text – I’m not sure they’ve got the proportions quite right, although the varying skin tones are quite impressive. I love a good hand-painted sign.

Greek Columns, Ho Chi Minh City

Some cities are about bicycles, some are about cars and others are about motorcycles. Ho Chi Minh City is in this later group. You see whole families balanced on top of one machine, farmers carrying produce to market and sometimes Greek columns – probably for a Greek restaurant- carried on the back of a motorcycleContinue reading “Greek Columns, Ho Chi Minh City”

Outside a Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City

Restaurant, Ho Chi Minh City 2009 Vietnam is an extraordinary place, full of vibrant colour and drama. I used to love just wandering around and seeing what was going on. They have a strong craft tradition, with many things which we might buy off the peg, being made individually there. I’m trying to remember whereContinue reading “Outside a Cafe, Ho Chi Minh City”

Goober Gun at Loreto Fest 2010

Too many landscapes lately – so I thought I would post from a concert. One of the nice things about less formal concerts, is that you can get a decent view of the stage, so it is quite easy to take pictures. Technically, concerts are quite difficult, because there isn’t a lot of ambient lightContinue reading “Goober Gun at Loreto Fest 2010”