Nguyen Duc Chung, Chair of the Hanoi People’s Committee, former Chief of Police and all round legend. Hanoi’s Hammurabi ? The Moses of The Mekong ? Super-Hero ? Maybe. Do you remember that scene in The Seven Samurai when Kanbê Shimada, (the leader of the Samurai), goes into a hostage situation and defuses it ? […]Read More Hanoi’s Hammurabi
We Britons were taught a lovely poem at school about a brave little French sailor boy who refused to leave his post and was subsequently consigned to Valhalla by our accommodating ancestors. It began… “The boy stood on the burning deck, Whence all but he had fled; The flame that lit the battle’s wreck, Shone […]Read More Revolutionary Grace under fire at the Museum
A wonderful collection, beautifully curated across two elegant French colonial buildings. Themes and captions that lead you by the hand through an extraordinary history and series of events, traditions and influences that uproot you and blow you away like a dandelion. From “primitive” decorative designs of astonishing beauty, through Millenia of indigenous and oriental traditions […]Read More Gods, Sages, Imps and Caryatids: Vietnamese Fine Art Museum Hanoi
Once upon a time, in a deep dark cave (right next to a teensy-weensy lane full of love) there lived a VERY BIG TRAIN. Now not just once but several times a day, this throbbing, smoking, rattling iron Dragon would hurtle its several hundred thousand tons of flashing steel out of the cave, down the […]Read More The VERY BIG TRAIN and the teensy-weensy lane.
Now Hanoi is just plain showing off, (and nobody is supposed to like a show off), but we L-O-V-E this bold, bitching, stylish, sophisticated city. A dreamy browse through an excellent second-hand bookshop, then a Phô Ga (chicken noodle soup with a Master’s Degree in exotic deliciousness). with chirping songbirds […]Read More Fiery Flamenco, Cool Jazz, Hot Hanoi.