Postcard from Hanoi – Working Landscapes

Postcard from Hanoi – Working Landscapes

On our first weekend in Hanoi we drove to Tam Coc, an area south of the city dominated by enormous limestone karsts. The land they spring from is almost entirely flat, and this only makes them more dramatic; there’s no sense of gradual rise, of hills building up...
Postcard from Hanoi – Street Life

Postcard from Hanoi – Street Life

The streets in Hanoi are not only thoroughfares but also the place where much of the city’s living is done. Much of their noise and activity can be attributed to this: very little seems to happen in private. One of our first challenges when we arrived was to...
Postcard from Hanoi – Ancestors

Postcard from Hanoi – Ancestors

One of the surprising things about Hanoi is how much it reminds me of Buenos Aires. There’s a similar palette – the buildings are painted in pale blues, yellows, pinks and greens. Life on the street is similarly crowded; in the Old Quarter especially, the narrow...
Postcard from Istanbul – The Grifters

Postcard from Istanbul – The Grifters

No-one bothers you in western Europe: you interact with the staff in shops and restaurants, but otherwise you go about unmolested, very much a private individual. So it was something of a shock to arrive in Istanbul and find myself addressed by nearly everyone I...