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Following are photos that I took of bridges in my travels.
For this first post of the new lunar year (Year of the Rooster), here are three colorful photos of some favorite flowers encountered during our visit to Hội An, Việt Nam last November. The last two photos appeared on this blog before. This time, I reprocessed them to enhance the beauty of the flowers even more.
While strolling through Hội An, I tried to capture images of daily life in a town which is almost picture perfect for a photographer.
The town is renowned for its tailor shops where a suit can be made to measure, or duplicated from an old one, in one day. On the plane I even read an article saying that high fashion has found a niche in Hội An.
While I was taking pictures, a small girl waved to me. I saw her standing next to her grandmother and made her day with this picture.
We flew to Đà Nẵng in Central Việt Nam, and from there went by road to Hội An, a small coastal city designated a World Heritage Site in 1999.
Hội An was a busy trading port until the end of the 18th century, with Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Indian traders establishing themselves in various parts of the city. Then two factors contributed to its decline: the Nguyễn dynasty which came to power in Việt Nam gave their French allies access to Đà Nẵng as a main trading port; and the Thu Bồn river passing through Hội An silted over, making it more difficult for ships to use the harbor.
Soon eclipsed by Đà Nẵng, Hội An languished until recently when international tourism discovered its charms. The old quarters along the river have been preserved much as they were originally. The pace of life is much more relaxed than in cities like Sài Gòn or Đà Nẵng, and it is possible to stroll leisurely along its streets without being bothered by cars or motorbikes. Walking is what we did over two days in Hội An from our homestay lodging to the old quarters, both during the day and at night.
During the day, it was easier to see the old assembly halls or temples, some dating back to the 16th century.