Vietnam. Hanoi. A prison, a temple, a mausoleum and a palace.

Rather a sobering start to this post I’m afraid, but an important and interesting part of Vietnam’s history.  We paid a visit to Hỏa Lò Prison. The prison was built by the French, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina. It was intended to hold Vietnamese prisoners, particularly political prisoners agitating for independence, and … More Vietnam. Hanoi. A prison, a temple, a mausoleum and a palace.

Vietnam. Hanoi. The Imperial Citadel and Museum of Fine Arts.

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a complex of 1000 year old buildings and open spaces, and was on our ‘must see’ list.  The entrance fee was just over £1.00, and we had to double check that we’d converted that properly as it’s ridiculously cheap. When we walked in we couldn’t believe how huge … More Vietnam. Hanoi. The Imperial Citadel and Museum of Fine Arts.

Zanzibar. Part 3.

Whilst walking along the beach late one afternoon I saw several small fires in the distance. As I got closer it looked as if several boats were being burned. It took a while to work out that they use this method to get rid of the algae, and because the wood is so hard, the … More Zanzibar. Part 3.

Kenya 2019. Part 4.

We saw a lot of hyenas in Kenya and whilst they are part of the ‘Ugly 5’, I don’t always think that they are ugly. We actually heard one ‘laughing’ and it’s a great sound. Top right is the head of a wildebeest, and bottom right are two hyenas hanging onto a baby impala. One … More Kenya 2019. Part 4.