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Scenes of Vietnam | Photo Diary + Thoughts on Photos in 2015

Hoi An vegetable street market

Women shop for vegetables in Hoi An’s lively street market

How often do you take a whole bunch of photos and then never look at them again? We all do it… a quick scroll through your phone’s photo albums, laptop folders or the SD card inside your camera is sure to elicit at least a single “I’d forgotten about that!” or an “oh yeah!

I don’t want to do that anymore.

I don’t want to want to take hundreds of photos only to revisit the ones I use on this site.

I don’t want to pick out one great shot and then forget all the photos that aren’t profile picture-worthy.

It can’t be just me who’s guilty of this – and who wants to do something to change it? I used to go through every digital photo album, pulling out my favourites and saving them to a folder that would immediately become my screensaver gallery and later be printed out when I’d collected enough.

This was going to be a pure travel post but I’m going to make it a little less word and a little more image. Photos are memories. Sure, they’re never going to replace the real thing but they certainly can enhance them. As I leave you with these photos of Hanoi, Hoi An and Ho Chi Minh City, all parts of Vietnam I visited earlier this year, I invite you to think about the last time you looked at a digital photo more than once. And to go dig out some of your favourite memories, too.

Hanoi Vietnam mopeds

There are about 4 million mopeds in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi

Hanoi Vietnam basket woman

Hanoi Vietnam masks

Hand painted masks in a Hanoi shop

Hanoi Vietnam Hoan Kiem bridge

Crossing the bridge on the Hoan Kiem bridge in Hanoi to the Temple of the Jade Mountain which lies in the centre

Hanoi Vietnam Hoan Kiem lake bridge

Hoi An chinese temple

A Chinese temple in Hoi An

Hoi An chinese temple bell

View from the Bitexco Tower Saigon

A view of Ho Chi Minh City from the Bitexco Tower

Banana Split at Bitexco Tower Cafe

The best banana split at the Bitexco Tower Cafe

Bitexco Financial Tower Ho Chi Minh City

Playing with reflections at the Bitexco Tower

Bitexco Financial Tower

View from the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City

The view from the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City + two shots taken inside

Reunification Palace Ho Chi Minh City Inside Ho Chi Minh City Independence Palace

Have you been to Vietnam? Would you like to go? What photos lie forgotten in your own photo library? 

Jodie x

 

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