The least exciting part of travel

It takes the whole day to travel from LT to Montmorillon (bike), from Montmorillon to Poitiers (TER), from Poitiers to Gare Montparnasse (TGV), from Montparnasse to Gare du Nord (Metro), from Gare du Nord to Charles de Gaulle (RER), from Charles de Gaulle to Hyatt (hotel shuttle). When you step into your room your are already exhausted
The Greta Garbo arrives from LA three hours later than expected. So we have to wait for almost 5 hours until they prepare her for the return flight to Los Angeles
Meanwhile, I notice something new: a praying room for believers, presumably moslem. As it’s next to the “Toilets” I see an Arab man washing his feet in the sink (same sink where you wash your face and hands)
Finally, we are on the way to LA

Hanoi: everybody is on the move!

l58gtdtiezoThis is a cool electric scooter. I’d buy one

gkrinv13vb4Most people use middle-size power scooters that seem to be geared down to allow a whole lot of flexibility at low speeds. People do crazy things while riding.

dsgf9xmvciaThe density of the night traffic is beyond belief. Insanity




My hotel room in Hanoi


These pineapples came from a street vendor. I wanted a taste of the real thing. Selling fruit on the street is an incredibly hard work. The vendors (mostly women) are also hassled by the police.

And yes, I shoot film! (Canon AE1)


The wreckage of US military equipment, and there’s a lot of it, is on display at the war museum.


Volunteer guides assist visitors.


The location where John McCain was rescued from the water, by a local fisherman.  The big lake is across the narrow dam. John landed in the pond. Technically, he is a war criminal. Bombing a residential area is a war crime.