Hoan Kiem District
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Hybrid Hanoi
Walking through the streets of Hanoi, my attention was focused on two things - an intense fear of crossing intersections teeming with all manner of motor vehicle but nothing resembling a traffic light, and an equally intense appreciation of the beautiful juxtaposition of east and west, old and new that permeates Vietnam's northern hub. In front of the majestic St. Joseph's Cathedral, the seat of Hanoi's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, I captured an image which for me sums up this vibrantly diverse city. Traditional Vietnamese dress against a backdrop of old European architecture with a sprinkling of youth to complete the tableau. And thankfully, for one peaceful moment, not a motor vehicle in sight!
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