Tag Archive: history

My Top Ten Buildings in Hanoi

One of the things I love most about Hanoi is its architecture. It has a charm and character unlike anywhere else. Many cities in South East Asia have become all too generic, with the… Continue reading

Hanoi’s Trees

One of the special features of Hanoi which make it such a beautiful and atmospheric city is its trees. The French introduced the western concept of boulevards lined with trees planted along the… Continue reading

Sniffing out art in Hanoi

As we are nearing the end of our time in Hanoi, I realize one of the great things about Hanoi which I haven’t shared yet is its art scene. In 1925 the French… Continue reading

A Bend in the River – The Dyke and The Bridge

  Hanoi means ‘bend in the river’, although to most visitors the river seems to barely feature in the city scape of today, in stark contrast to when the city was founded by Ly… Continue reading

Barrule and the myth of Manannan

South Barrule (Barool Jiass in Manx) is the highest ‘mountain’ (a hill really at only 1,585ft) in the south of the Isle of Man. Despite not being that high, on such a small… Continue reading

An Old Quarter Walk and a Dog in a Conical Hat…

Two weeks ago, Piers’ god mother (and husband – both very good family friends) came to visit. We had a fantastic time showing them around as they were probably some of the most… Continue reading

Cycling to Duong Lam Village

It’s been a pretty busy two weeks since the Angkor Half Marathon. On Sunday, Hanoi held its own smaller half marathon organized by the Red River Runners. I thought doing another half marathon… Continue reading

My first half marathon – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

The stunning temple complex of Angkor Wat is a pretty special place to complete a first half marathon. The races (21.1k, 10k, 3k) started shortly after sunrise with a buzzing mix of amateur… Continue reading

Vietnam mourns the death of General Vo Nguyen Giap

Last week General Vo Nguyen Giap passed away at the age of 102. His funeral and the  outpouring of public deference and remembrance leading up to it has only been surpassed by Ho… Continue reading

Ulaan Baatar – ‘Red Hero’

After two flights from Hanoi via Seoul we finally landed in Ulaan Baatar where we would meet up with friends to continue our journey to the remote far west of Mongolia (next post).