Photography travel Vietnam

Enjoying Life in Vietnam

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A view of City Hall in Ho Chi Minh City with a statue of Ho Chi Minh in the foreground. A beautiful building with the obvious French architecture.

We have fully settled in to our temporary home here in Nha Trang. Life is relaxed and the weather is comfortable. The rainy season is loath to give up it’s grip and we are enduring more cloudy days than is the norm but that is not such a bad thing. The cloud cover makes it easier to get out and walk about exploring the city. We recently took a short trip to Ho Chi Minh City to pick up Karen’s mother who is visiting us for a couple of weeks (very exciting to have a familiar face with us).

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With the rainy season wrapping up and the Lunar New Year having just happened there is no lack of bright beautiful flowers wherever we visit.

The focus of this blog is simply to share some of the sights we are enjoying here in Vietnam. All the photos are either from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) or Nha Trang, where we are currently living.

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There is something truly wondrous in taking the time to stop and enjoy the simple beauties in life.
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While walking to the Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City we stumbled upon this little pedestrian only street. It is devoted entirely to bookstores and reading.
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There was a sculpture at each end as well as one in the middle of the street.

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With the trees overhead and the coffee shops for relaxing and reading outside this was truly a gem of a find in this busy bustling city.
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As always there were plenty of flowers to enjoy.
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While we were getting lunch in the food market I couldn’t resist grabbing a shot of this fellow getting some shut eye. There is no question the people here are incredibly hard working individuals.
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The end of January brought the Lunar New Year. 2017 is the year of the Rooster and there are thousands of reminders of this both big and small everywhere.
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One of the most enjoyable and satisfying subjects to photograph are locals going about their work. This lady is our go to person for fresh bread.
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The view across the bay at the north end of Nha Trang. Wherever there is a break from the waves you find numerous fishing boats anchored.
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Part of the tradition on Lunar New Year is to thoroughly clean everything. Including all the fishing nets. It was neat to see dozens of fishermen and ladies working their way through piles of nets.
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These utilitarian ‘Squid Boats’ are what the fisherman use to get out to their larger fishing boats or check their nets.
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This lady was fixing nets while selling the fish from the nights fishing.
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Some of the hundreds of fishing boats moored in the Nha Trang harbour.
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This temple by the Cai River in Nha Trang is a major tourist attraction here. It is a beautiful example of what the Cham civilisation built 1200 years ago.
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A performer taking time to say hello to a little man who walked up to them. Periodically musicians and dancers put on cultural shows at the temple.

We are finding life in Nha Trang very likeable. The people are lovely and the food is excellent.

 

Welcome to our travel blog. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to say, "I'm out of here?" Well we did, and in 2013 we made it a reality. We sold or gave away all of our possessions other than what fit in our luggage and we set off on an endless adventure. Part of our goal is to share our experiences with others and hopefully provide some information, motivation, or just a moments escape. The general idea was to look for a place that would be ideal to settle down in. However in the meantime it is about experiencing life in different countries amongst different cultures and learning how to understand and appreciate each other. A large part of our time is spent housesitting which provides an excellent opportunity to experience more of the "normal" neighbourhoods as opposed to the tourist locales. Though we make sure to enjoy those as well. So through plenty of photographs and a running commentary come and share with us our life on the road.

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