Over the weekend, I decided to take my camera out for a spin in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. I don’t know why, but I’ve only done one or two dedicated photo walks since we arrived in August. For some reason, I felt inspired to get out and take some photos this weekend. So that’s exactly what I did.
My morning started off slow. The Old Quarter is busy at this time of year—there are lots of tourists in town, and it can be frustrating trying to get a photo without a stream of traffic in the way. I eventually found my groove and ended up snapping more than 70 photos over the course of a few hours. I chose half a dozen to share on Instagram and I was so overwhelmed by the response—I received no less than 14 replies to my Story, most of them private messages from people I don’t know.
It might not sound like much, but it really means a lot to me. I heard from people who had recently visited Hanoi and found that my photos reminded them of happy travel memories. I heard from people who had lived in Southeast Asia in the past and now have a tough time explaining their experience to friends and family (I can relate), and so, like to live vicariously through other expats. I also heard from people who were planning a trip to Vietnam and felt inspired by my photos to go out and explore.
I can’t take too much credit—Hanoi’s Old Quarter is incredibly photogenic (as are Hanoians). My photography is far from perfect, but I do love this particular set of images. It’s been a few weeks since I last posted a photo story, so I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite Sunday stroll images here on the blog as well. Enjoy!