This is Central Market in Hoi An where every day is market day and every day brings the hustle and bustle of traders selling their wares and shoppers on the look out for the freshest produce at the best price. The smell of fresh fruit, salads and vegetables hit the senses but not half as much as the fish section. Mopeds jostle for room with shoppers and the scene is a jumble of colour, noise and aromas. This shot is a fleeting glimpse of someone passing through the hubbub.
In Hoi An town at full moon the town celebrates. All the electric lights are switched off and softly coloured lanterns cast magical shadows in the narrow streets. Candles are lit and cast into the river along with wishes and prayers and set sail into the night flickering in their small paper cups. A gentle glow radiates through Hoi An…
Being a bit of a foodie meant that a big part of our trip to Vietnam was for the cuisine. Fresh, zingy flavours bursting onto the taste-buds combined with mouth-watering herbs and the warmth of South East Asian spices was such a lure. The Red Bridge Cooking School kept cropping up during our research so we booked ourselves on a half-day cooking class hoping to glean tips to help us recreate those tantalising flavours when we returned home. We were so glad we did – it was a mouth-watering highlight of our week in Hoi An. (more…)
There’s an interesting photography post doing the rounds at the moment called ’7 Super Shots’. HostelBookers.com put out the call to select 7 of your favourite photographs, one each for the following categories, then tag 5 bloggers that you would like to take part. I was really pleased but slightly nervous when Travel with Katnominated me – she sets the bar high! I’m still very much a beginner having made the jump to DSLR last year so most of my photographs below are taken on a point and click, one on the DSLR and one on a mobile phone – any ideas which one – you might be surprised…
1. A photo that…takes my breath away
Just outside Poitier, France in July are field upon field of sunflowers and we arrived when they were at their most stunning. Not only did they take my breath away they made me smile too. I was captivated and took loads of shots but I like this one from a less obvious perspective.
2. A photo that…makes me laugh or smile
Smiling’s infectious don’t you think?
3. A photo that…makes me dream
I dream of being able to keep up with the others! I was a late starter to skiing and it still slightly terrifies me – in an exhilarating sort of way! We’d stopped for a vin chaud when I noticed the bright colours and lines of the skis against the backdrop of the mountains. Taken in the Alps on the French, Swiss border.
4. A photo that…makes me think
This old woman was selling clay whistles in Hoi An, Vietnam. I was quite intrigued by her. She didn’t let anything on about herself. She didn’t speak and her expression barely changed with just a vague smile playing about her lips; I’m really not sure what she was thinking. She didn’t seem to mind me snapping away and if you’re wondering, yes, I did buy a whistle…
5. A photo that…makes my mouth water
My favourite fruit is raspberries and I have a bit of a penchant for puddings so this summer-fruit cheesecake is right up there in the mouth-watering stakes. It tasted as good as it looked. Thanks Beccy!
6. A photo that…tells a story
Technically this is just a snapshot but I like this photo because there’s so much going on; The woman selling trinkets, the colourful saris but my favourite part is the monk taking a peek at the young women…
7. A photo that…I am most proud of (aka my worthy of National Geographic shot)
I have a few favourites but I keep coming back to this one. I think it’s the bird’s nest that does it – the fact that there’s a chance for new life in the middle of all that dust, sand and heat. I like the tones of the sky too – no idea how that happened!
Thanks again Kat for nominating me; I thoroughly enjoyed going through my photos and I hope my five nominees below enjoy compiling their ’7 Super Shots’ just as much.
After spending the first two nights of our Vietnam tour in Hanoi, and another in Halong Bay, we travelled south – half way down Vietnam’s coast to our third destination; the hippest heritage town on the Vietnam trail – Hoi An. (more…)