On 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 strangers.
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!