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Photo of the Day – Food Joint – Hanoi, VietnamI love this photo – such a classic view of the streets of Hanoi. And, there is so much information in this picture.
First, the food. Imagine it, you are walking the streets of Hanoi in Northern Vietnam looking for a place to grab an afternoon “lunch” – in this case, you’ll most likely be in search of Pho, the deliciously simple Vietnamese Noodle Soup. Unlike traditional restaurants with frontage, menus in the window and a door, you’ll have an endless selection of Vietnamese style sidewalk cafes. Built of plastic tables and chairs and literally taking up the entire sidewalk, these food joints are the place to go for authentic Vietnamese street food.
Secondly, the scooters. Oh, the scooters! It is not cars that clog the streets, but instead an endless number of scooters that take one to six people zipping through the streets.
So, hop on a scooter and start searching for the best Vietnamese street food!
Photo of the Day – The Streets of Hanoi – Hanoi, VietnamHanoi has some of the most interesting and walkable streets of any city in the world. Cars are replaced with bicycles, motorbikes and other creative people movers we are not used to seeing on the streets back home. The sides are lined with shop after shop packed full of local necessities and the sidewalks are filled with people eating on little plastic stools or even getting their haircut right in the open street. Adding to all of the foreign beauty are the lush green trees creating a natural roof over the whole scene.
Photo of the Day – Antique Junk Regatta – Ha Long Bay, VietnamI remember taking a boat tour of the mysterious Ha Long Bay back on our trip around the world in 2010. Sometimes we would run into traffic jams of boats all trying to pass between the same beautiful dramatic karst walls. This was one place where all of the other tourists didn’t really distract my attention from what was around me. None of the actual people were visible and all of the antique boats in the distance gave me this feeling that I had been transported back in time into some ancient Vietnamese boat race.
Photo of the Day – Vietnamese Bayonet March – Hanoi, VietnamWhen we first visited the Northern Vietnamese city of Hanoi, Will and I spent one morning exploring the various Ho Chi Minh sites the country had created to honor the late communist revolutionary leader. The Museum, the Mausoleum and the “vestige” area all felt a bit scripted as if they were created to paint Ho Chi Minh in a very carefully focused light to modern day visitors. After spending a few days touring around Vietnam you develop a skepticism for the authenticity of anything you see that is related to the government or the war.
Feeling unexcited by what we had come to see, both of us were pleasantly surprised when a group of bayonet wielding soldiers began authoritatively marching around the grounds for no good reason at all. Looking through the focused barrel of my camera lens, I caught one of the soldiers staring me in the eyes and for a split second I thought I had been identified as enemy #1 – American
Photo of the Day – Vietnamese Food Transportation – Ha Long Bay, VietnamWhile on a tour of Ha Long Bay off the East Coast of Vietnam, I spotted this woman as she transported various fruits across a section of the bay. No driving or walking can really be done around the natural and man-made islands of Ha Long Bay making this style of commuting, regular.
There is something about this picture that I truly love, but I can’t seem to quite figure it out. I think it has something to do with the richness that is found in simplicity. This picture certainly displays simplicity and the richness can be found in this Vietnamese Lady’s hard work to deliver these fruits.
Photo of the Day – Lifetime Supply of Watermelons – Mekong Delta, VietnamFloating on a tour through a local market on the Mekong Delta in southern Vietnam, our group passed by this overflowing boat full of watermelons. Looking back at this picture I’ve always wondered how the guy at the front of the boat planned to make his way past all of the watermelons to the engine at the back of the boat. He certainly had no chance of eating his way there!
Photo of the Day – Floating Fruit Market – Mekong Delta, VietnamOn our trip to the Mekong Delta, Brad and I took a boat tour of the Mekong Delta which took us directly through their Floating Fruit Market. The concept is simple. Instead of stalls setup for vendors to sell their goods, boats congregate on the river offering up all types of fruits and vegetables.
Each boat raises a large bamboo pole with the fruit or vegetable it is selling on top of it. Next, as you can see in the photo, the buyers pull their boats along-side the sellers and make their purchase! To move the goods, they toss them on over.
Photo of the Day – Vietnamese Encounter – Cu Chi Tunnels – Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamThe Cu Chi Tunnels were used by Viet Cong guerillas during the Vietnam War to gain a key competitive advantage over the American resistance. Today this expansive network of tunnels has turned into one of the largest tourist attractions in southern Vietnam.
I took this picture back in 2010 while on a tour of the tunnels outside of Ho Chi Minh City. I remember the tunnels were dark, hot, and my long legs were making traversing through the narrow tunnels and keeping up with our Vietnamese guide very difficult. At one point the he looked back at me to see why I was trailing so far behind his pace. I can’t imagine how this scene would have played out fifty years earlier.