Sidewalks of Hanoi


I wasn’t in Hanoi long before I realized “sidewalks” is a misnomer. “Beside walk” or “alongside walk” would be far more accurate, because THAT is what you do.

Photo taken from a second floor cafe/bar.

Photo taken from a second floor cafe/bar. Check out the wiring.

Although it LOOKED like one, this wasn’t a parade. They were just getting from point A to point B, and making MY point!

Notice the "bike rental" shop on the "beside walk"

Notice the “bike rental” shop on the “beside walk”

The old quarter is quite crowded, and the Vietnamese are very industrious, so every square inch is utilized.

You can expand your retail space

You can expand your retail space

He's really pushing it!

He’s really pushing it! He’s spilling into the street.

The cases in the right foreground, less than a foot wide, are the local liquor store.

The cases in the right foreground, less than a foot wide, are the local liquor store.

What better place for food prep?  Sorry for the blurriness.  I was dodging scooters while shooting.

What better place for food prep?

You can cook dinner...

You can cook dinner…

Gather with the family for dinner

gather with the family in the dining room

Wash dishes

Then after dinner, it is as good a place as any to wash dishes

Hang with your friends and watch the traffic whiz by

Like young men the world over, the corner is the perfect place to hang with your friends and watch the traffic whiz by


Whoever manufactures those plastic stools must be incredibly rich. They were everywhere!

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