In November of 2013, Edith Ross Photographer travelled to Vienna, Austria. What a beautiful city. The architecture, the scenery, the cleanliness, the music, the ‘properness’ of it all left an impression on me. Everywhere I turned there was beauty. Please come and see some of the sights with me.
I recently was very priviledge to be invited along on a trip to Ireland. My husband is of Irish decendance so we were very thrilled to get this chance to go and explore the place where his ancestors worked, walked and played. Below is a very small photo diary of the time that we spent there. It was glorious. The people couldn’t be more friendly, the drinks more tasty or the scenery more beautiful.
Come on this trip with me and see it through my eyes.
Our last stop in Vietnam was in the south. First we stopped in Ho Chi Minh for the day and then spent three days on the Mekong delta in a Sampan (small boat) that we rented for three days and two nights. And Finally we returned to Ho Chi Minh for three days to terminate our trip.
Ho Chi Minh, contrary to the other parts of Vietnam we visited, was a very busy metropolitain city with all the exclusive brand stores and state of the art buildings, restaurants and stores that cater mostly to tourists and then there is the other part of the town that is more geared to what the vietnamese can afford.
On our first day we explored the city and visited the War Museum, the Post Office, the Cathedral and the city in general. Then we headed to the Mekong Delta where we sent off on our sampan. This is a private little boat that includes an english tour guide, a captain and two helpers. They all catered to only David and I. We spent three days and two nights visting the Delta, taking in the beautiful scenery and stopping periodically to visit a market, a brick making factory, a candy factory, a temple, we also had supper at the house of a wealthy local, etc. All very interesting and eye opening.
On our return to Ho Chi Minh, we took a day to go and visit the Cu Chi tunnels where the Viet Cong hid and fought the americans during the Vietnam War. We were given a history lesson from the perspective of the Vietnamese and NOT what we’ve always heard from the American version and movies it was very unsettling to see how these people managed to live for years in these tiny tunnels with all that entailed. Bugs, scorpions, bombs exploding overhead, tunnels being flooded by the americans to ‘flush out’ the Viet Cong, etc. I walked about 40 meters (walking is a generous term, more like scuttled along bent over, and I’m only 5’3”) and was very anxious to get out, so I definately, could not image living full time in these tunnels.
On our last day, we visited some museums and did a little last minute souvenir shopping.
The Vietnamese are an amazing, accepting, resilient people who still manage to be happy with the little they have and who have learned to put the past behind them and live for the future.
Hoi An is located in central Vietnam and after our trek in Sapa, we headed south to this beautiful area of the country. We stayed at a beach resort that was located about 5 minutes from the old city of Hoi An. This is a magical city at night where the lanterns are lit in all of the windows and stores. What made it very attractive to us was the friendliness of the people as well as how easy it was to get around the city.
Hoi An is also known for its tailors which can be found at every second shop. Go in, get measured and within a day or two you have some wonderful suits. You can also get these done in a matter of hours, but I’m not sure how good the fit would be since we had to go in for three separate fittings.
Enjoy the adventure with us.
Halong Bay is in the China Sea and is a Unesco protected area. The cliffs and mountains of this beautiful area are simply breathtaking. The movie Avatar (the floating mountains scenes) were filmed here and no wonder. Movies, pictures, postcards, it’s very difficult to give this area justice. However, In our travels I took many, many pictures of this area, and even though I’m pretty good with a camera, I was never satisfied with the result. It is so much more beautiful to be there and smell the smells, and feel the warmth and colors and just feast on this beautiful area.
My trip to Hanoi in Vietnam was very mind opening, at times intimidating (trying to cross the street), destabilizing and above all amazing. The people, the traffic, the food, the environment, the experience; all of it was beyond anything I could have expected and Lord knows I had done quite a bit of research before going. I will share with you in this post and future posts my different experiences in the different regions of Vietnam. How we fared, what we learned, what we experienced and above all give a voice to this wonderful, gentle, amazing and resilient people. Please enjoy the voyage with me.
Streets of Hanoi
I recently went on a three week journey to Vietnam. We travelled from as far north as Sapa all the way to the Mekong Delta in the South. What impressed me time and again were the children. Whether they were in the north or 2000 km further south, they were happy, easy going, obedient, played with nothing and still had fun and very rarely did we hear any of them cry, throw a tantrum or complain. We, as well as our children, have alot to learn from this gentle, loving people who have faced so much adversity and hardships over the years and who are still very poor, barely make enough to get by, are the hardest working people I have ever met, are extremely helpful and all this always sporting a beautiful smile and wonderful attitude. Enjoy a few of the portraits I took while on my travels.