long-bien

A stroll across Long Bien Bridge, Part One

Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, a relic of the city’s colonial past, is popular spot with tourists and photographers, as well as still being a major route for trains and motorbikes to cross the river to Long Bien District, Gia Lâm,  and beyond.

The bridge was very badly damaged during the 1972 bombing of Hanoi - the photo here shows one of the sections that comprise roughly 50% of the original bridge remaining. It’s still a rather impressive sight, through the rust and ricketyness, though it is showing its age.

The plaque in the bottom left of this image says 1899 - 1902, Dayde & Pille, Paris. Feeling it shake as traffic and trains travel across it, noone would doubt its age. Hopefully the city will find a way to ensure it stays in good enough shape to use for some time yet.

 

This is Dức’s buddy and neighbour to the La Montagne boy’s workshop/studio, Lam. Lam was kind enough to show us around his neighbourhood and took us into his family’s home, made us a huge dinner and is generally a great guy. He is also absolutely in love with his dog Bun. I’ve never seen someone love their dog and a dog love their owner as much as Lam & Bun.

Hanoi, Vietnam / June 2015 / Pentax Super-A

Leopard Flower Iris domestica (blackberry lily, leopard flower, leopard lily is an ornamental plant in the Iridaceae family. In 2005, based on molecular DNA sequence evidence, Belamcanda chinensis, the sole species in the genus Belamcanda, was transferred to the genus Iris and renamed Iris domestica.[1] Other synonyms are Belamcanda punctata Moench, Gemmingia chinensis (L.) Kuntze, Iris chinensis Curtis, Ixia chinensis L., Morea chinensis, and Pardanthus chinensis (L.) Ker Gawl.) - khoitran