There is nothing like the chaos of Hanoi to jolt a visitor into the strangely functional confusion of Vietnam. We had a couple of days in Hanoi to adjust to the pace of Vietnam before heading north to the mountain village of Sapa.
A low pressure system off the coast made the weather less than perfect, but we managed to find sheltered painting locations and were lucky to have a fine day to walk through the Hmong Valley and do some sketching.
From Sapa we travelled by coach back to Hanoi then flew on to Da Nang where we were taken by bus to Hoi An and the luxury of the Anantara Hotel.
Rice Paddys near Hanoi
Hanoi Back Street
Electrical repair workshop – Hanoi
Hanoi Flower Vendor
How many flowers can you pack on to a motor scooter?
Portable kitchen – Hanoi
Party Time – Hanoi street bar
Midnight peak hour – Hanoi
Coke and Hot dogs – Hanoi
Unidentified Delicacys – Hanoi
Stainless steel tuk tuk
Mother and five chicks – Hanoi
Small police wagon – Hanoi
Hot water, Pumps, Microwave specialist – Hanoi
Dangerous Verandah – Hanoi
Dangerous front yard – Hanoi
Mix your own paint.
Most of the Hanoi motorcycles are pretty mundane, but there are some stand out models.
Rice paddy fire – Hmong Valley
Crazy Dancing Chicken
Black Hmong woman with pedal sewing machine.
Grant sketching in Hmong Valley
Sapa – small buildings replaced by tall skinny ones
Our painting group with Hmong women models – Sapa Markets
Hmong Women sewed busily while we sketched
Water everywhere as we left Sapa.
Rosa hijacks a river boat to get us to the Red Bridge Cooking School
Net Casting – Hoi An
Red Bridge Cooking School – where we all became excellent Vietnamese chefs.
Painting by the river on the verandah of an abandoned building – Hoi An.