Sidewalk breakfast, Hanoi, Vietnam

Breakfast With a Smile, Hanoi

The vivid memory of this woman’s smile greeted me when I woke up this morning. I have no idea what provoked it but I didn’t fight it. There are worse images that can clutter a mind when one starts the day. The recollection left me no choice but to hunt …

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Pic du Jour: Pineapple Vendor, Hanoi

Today’s Pic du Jour –the 75th(!) straight since this project was re-inaugurated– features a woman prepping for her morning pineapple sales route, snapped just a few minutes before she sold me my breakfast baggie. This is for this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge which asked for illustrations of Street Life. In …

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Morning sword exercise, Hanoi

6:30 a.m. Sword Dance, Hanoi (Pic du Jour)

Morning sword dance exercise near Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam. 22 Oct 2010

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Fruit vendor in Hanoi, 23-Oct-2010

Street Vendor, Hanoi (Pic du Jour)

A fruit and vegetable vendor in Hanoi, soon after she set up shop and just before she sold me a pineapple. Peeled and sliced to order. Hanoi, Vietnam, 23-October-2010

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Agent Orange’s Golden Anniversary, Revisited

That unfortunate anniversary actually came two years ago this month, but I trust you’ll allow me the indulgence of reblogging this to coincide with Agent Orange Awareness Month. It’s a post about my October 2010 visit to the Thanhxuan Peace Village, or Lang Hoa Binh Than Xuan, an orphanage, school …

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Recuerdo Profundo by Jimenez Deredia

Circles, in the Round

In her travel theme this week, Ailsa asked for circles. Who am I to say no? I threw in a few orbs and spheres, too, beginning with Jimenez Deredia’s phenomenal chocolatey sculpture, Recuerdo Profundo, which I was fortunate enough to see near the Colosseum in Rome in July 2009. A …

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Jarai Arap Grave House (Piran Café Post #800)

How to celebrate 800 posts? “Pictures of large wooden penises,” was the suggestion. “Lots of them.”

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Scooters of Hanoi

More photo organizing from last October’s Vietnam trip. There are just over 6 million people in Hanoi and about 4.5 million motorbikes. I didn’t count, but there are probably several 100 of each in the short slide show below. And there’s even a really groovy soundtrack. The Song: Test Drive …

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Agent Orange, 35 years later

The shot above was taken in October at the Thanhxuan Peace Village, a clinic, school and orphanage in Hanoi for victims of Agent Orange. Over the course of nine years, US forces dumped 20 million gallons, or nearly 80 million liters, of Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant containing an especially …

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Hoa Lo, aka The Hanoi Hilton: an Abbreviated Tour

Most Americans like to refer to it as the Hanoi Hilton, but Hoa Lo Prison’s notorious history dates back well before the American War killed 3 million Vietnamese and claimed the lives of more than 57,000 US soldiers. In literal translation, Hoa Lo means “fiery furnace”. The name comes from …

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