The heritage seaport trading city of Hoi An has been preserved and is now an UNESCO World Heritage site. To me it was poetry in pictures with so many gorgeous vignettes to capture! We were up early and walked around for an hour before 7am when the streets are not clogged with tourist hordes, but with locals going about their morning shopping and errands.
These are many small business people in Vietnam and food stalls are set up where every there are customers and then moved to another profitable location. Pushbikes and scooters move everything! Above, sugarcane.
These golden flowering trees were everywhere.
A door guardian with his companion on the other side, just as alert!
Very reminiscent of Chinese royal style architecture, this is the impressive entrance gate to the Imperial City of Hue, dated 1808-1945. It was largely destroyed in 2 wars, fought with the French and the Americans. However due to ongoing restoration, it is being returned to it's former glory and is a definite must see.
We found a number of smaller gates into various areas, some closed, some open to visitors.
An outside altar. Many of those inside the buildings were no photo areas.
We are in Hue for a few days and got a cyclo round some of the streets of the area known as the Citadel, the old centre of Hue. The streets are tree lined and lovely with more scooters, pushbikes and walkers than cars. My peddler loved to take photos and would whip the I-Pad out of my hand!
The street signs all have the Imperial City, in yellow, as a backdrop. The flag tower in the background is the highest in Vietnam.
The moat is huge, full of pink and white lotus and surrounds the Imperial City section.
Streets are easier to cross as this garden seller moves his mobile shop across a busy intersection.
While this lady sets up her dried squid sales right on the street in Hue North Bank!
This mobile vegetable seller's photo was taken in the Old Quarter, Hanoi where there is a much greater density of people and vehicles. People watching is wonderful here in Vietnam.
In Hanoi Old Quarter life is lived on the streets and this gave me many wonderful photo opportunities- just watch out and don't connect with the scooters and cars and peddlers of wares! Here a street barber has a very nice set-up.
Bob needed a trim, so he was next!
Off street parking, with this street actually having a space left for pedestrians, a rare occurrence.
The sign Made in Vietnam under a very plant overgrown building above. The narrow buildings in this part of town were because of taxes depending on street frontage.
Lunch, breakfast and dinner on the street with vendors setting up shop. A few plastic stools and food is all it takes.
Travel is an exciting & large part of my life, combined with creating fabric, stitching art quilts & enjoying textile traditions around the world.
I work in the quilting industry; exhibit, judge, curate, tutor & write.
These are some of the threads of my life.