Thursday, March 20, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
We were in Long Hải over the weekend (100 km north of HCMC) and drove past this old villa sitting proudly on top of a hill. We have no idea what it is currently used for but it certainly looks out of place in Long Hải, and in most of the country for that matter.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Notre Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City is arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in all Vietnam. It was built in 1877 - 1880 by the French architect Bourad, has a Neo-Romanesque facade with twin towers and a large statue of the Virgin Mary in the front square. The history of Notre Dame Cathedral, including an incident in 2005 where some believed the Virgin Mary shed a tear, can be read here
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Commonly called the "circle of death" for those who spend hours trying to get through it every day, the roundabout where Ðiện Biên Phủ and Xô Viết Nghệ Tĩnh meet also gives those stuck in traffic the opportunity to purchase fluorescent kites and animal balloons. Obviously selling kids toys in the middle of heavy traffic does not induce improved commuter flow, but it may pass the time during peak hour.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Saturday, March 01, 2008
There is very little street graffiti in HCMC. What I have seen is usually just poor quality writing with little in the way of "art". More common is the stencil and spray paint advertising for renovations which consists of a mobile phone number. This advertising is so common that I took this collage in a 400 metre radius from my house.