Hanoi, Vietnam

Train Street Neighborhood
Train Street Neighborhood

The trains come rumbling through twice a day...there’s no warning siren, and no panic. The residents seem to have an internal clock. Life goes on.

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Train Street
Train Street

In the Old Quarter, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, you will find Train Street...a street unlike any other. Residents live, with their familis, along this slice of track. Kids play, laundry hangs, men shout and moms gossip as they hover over pots of steaming broth.

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"Mommy, I can't wait!"
"Mommy, I can't wait!"

He was standing in front of his house looking over the lake

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Hanoi bia hoi glass
Hanoi bia hoi glass

Found just above a brick wall on Train Street.

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Clothes Dryer
Clothes Dryer

Loft level at Train Street neighborshood

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Front porch settee
Front porch settee

In the Train Street neighborhood.

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Cool door
Cool door

Train Street

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Masked vendor
Masked vendor

Hoàn Kiếm Lake near Old Quarter

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Door on Train Street
Door on Train Street

In the Old Quarter, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, you will find Train Street...a street unlike any other. Residents live, with their families along this slice of track. Kids play, laundry hangs, men shout and moms gossip as they hover over pots of steaming broth.

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Entrance to home on
Entrance to home on

Train Street

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Marble Budda
Marble Budda

In the Old Quarter, a short walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and Train Street

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Lamp for sale
Lamp for sale

Near Train Street

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Lady on the Lake
Lady on the Lake

On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter

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Old window with stencil
Old window with stencil

On a typical Hanoi wall, crisscrossing layers of plaster, paint and mildew, you will see a multitude of stenciled advertisements, all with similar fonts and a string of numbers beginning with 09, and all including the letters KCBT. It’s an abbreviation for khoan cắt bê tông – concrete cutting and drilling. These are illegal adverts for demolition services, and they tattoo the walls of the city, as if to say, “See this building? It could be gone tomorrow.” This practice no longer exists.

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Balcony
Balcony

Overlooking Train Street

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Hi Ho Silver!
Hi Ho Silver!

Tom riding low!

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Creative painting on entrance
Creative painting on entrance

to a home on Train Street

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A closer view.
A closer view.

on Train Street

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Great chuckle
Great chuckle

...over delicioius and healthy, coffee topped with whipped egg whites and sugar. What a treat!

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Friendly waiter serving Hanoi Beer
Friendly waiter serving Hanoi Beer

Evening relaxation over a beer...well deserved after a full day of strolling of photo shots.

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I love peering down alleys
I love peering down alleys

You never know what you will find....sometimes, just simple, vacant beauty

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Beautiful girls
Beautiful girls

Climbing on poles on early Sunday evening. They shouted "hello" with big smiles.

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Alley
Alley

Near Train Street

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Marigolds and more
Marigolds and more

On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter

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Fisherwoman
Fisherwoman

On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter

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Carnation Placement
Carnation Placement

Old Quarter art!

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Concentration
Concentration

I wanted to ask this checkers player for permission to take his photo. He was too focused to even hear me.

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On her haunches all day...
On her haunches all day...

Making candy over a small sauce pan, with sugar and nuts. Children waiting patiently

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Canadian Tom and camera
Canadian Tom and camera

Sipping great coffee and talking travel!

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Busy alley
Busy alley

In the Old Quarter

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Bicycle Vendor
Bicycle Vendor

In Old Quarter all day!

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Bridge
Bridge

On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter

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Fruit for sale!
Fruit for sale!

Old Quarter

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Huge tree
Huge tree

On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter

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Yay Tom
Yay Tom

We're having fun!

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Future Architects
Future Architects

Playing in the street across from the Lake

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She was across the street from me.
She was across the street from me.

I asked her, non verbally, if I could take her photo. She nodded yes, thankfully.

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Three best friends
Three best friends

Walking in step and arm in arm in the Old Quarter.

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Beautiful flowers
Beautiful flowers

On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter

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Marigolds
Marigolds

This park area, adjacent to On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter, was teeming with local, amateur photographers.

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Peeling chesnuts...
Peeling chesnuts...

all day...squatting or sitting cross legged. It's hard work.

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Pink on Pink
Pink on Pink

On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter

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Sippey Cup
Sippey Cup

She might have been two...beautiful child.

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Smiling vendor
Smiling vendor

She's happy with her work.

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Busy alley
Busy alley

Near Old Quarter

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Serenity in busy Hanoi
Serenity in busy Hanoi

On Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter

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