Photos: Come Walk with Me!

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A cyclo overloaded with goods is a common scene in Huế and elsewhere in Việt Nam.

I know there are many ways to experience a city but for me, the best way to get to known my home and paradise Huế should be WALKING. Walking gives you time to see the local life more closely and intimately. I’ve walked my city for so many times and it hardly bores me. Walking this city to me is like someone learning to love her husband over again and again after being married each other for so long. It is also self-discovering; and making connection to the familiar strangers whom I met every day but never had a chance to talk to. So, travelers and global trotters, if you happen to be in Huế, make sure you spend a few hours to walk this city so that it could get closer to your heart.

Above and below are some photos I took while I was walking around my home and paradise.

I walked into these two happy souls, Thái & Nguyên, in Dã Viên Park one day and we have become friends since then.
I walked into these two happy souls, Thái & Nguyên, in Dã Viên Park one day and we have become friends since then.
School girls having breakfast before class on the pavement reminds me of my own school days when I wore white áo dài to school.
School girls having breakfast before class on the pavement reminds me of my own school days when I wore white áo dài to school.
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Seeing people swimming in Hương River inspired me to learn swimming again and now being able to swim is the most wonderful thing that I have done in my life.
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Sunset on Hương River is always charming and mysterious.
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A train is crossing Bạch Hổ Railway Bridge over Hương River.
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A fisherman is catching fish under Gia Hội Bridge.
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I always feel funny when passing a Caged-Bird Coffee Shop like this one.
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How lucky I am to still be able to enjoy this peaceful scene right in the heart of the city.
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These boat men reminds me that life is simple so just take it easy.
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A cyclo-rider is taking a nap in front of Đông Ba Market on Trần Hưng Đạo Street.
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I sees the old me in the little girl looking after her family’s shop.
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Baking bánh mì with fire wood in brick ovens always interests me.
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Some of Huế people who live by Hương River still love to wash their clothes in the river even though they have running water at home.
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Boys are taking turns to skip ropes in front of Huế Royal City.
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Watching these dudes playing marbles is like walking back in time.
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And finally, I’m sure it’s not difficult to for you to run into such beautiful smiles when walking around Huế.
  • yasmin

    Loved Hue and agree walking is the best way to discover this beautiful city and meet its amazing people

    • lanhue

      Thanks, Yasmin. I’m glad you enjoyed the time in Huế. 🙂

  • Doug Young

    As always, Lan, you both write and photograph so very well. Your line “Walking this city to me is like someone learning to love her husband over again and again after being married each other for so long” is wonderful.

    I miss Hue. Cindy and I thought seriously about moving back there to live, but circumstances have proven that is not to be. Therefore, it is up to you to keep reminding us of the beauty of the city of Hue.

    • lanhue

      Thanks, thầy Doug. Well, you and cô Cindy can always come back to Huế for short visits from time to time. 🙂

  • Halie

    You inspire me to come walk in Hue again!

    • lanhue

      Come visit us again, Halie. Miss you! <3 <3 <3

  • cindy

    My dear friend, Lan, you know how we love Hue. It is our second home. And you have caused me to be homesick again! Thank you!! xoxo

    • lanhue

      Big big hugs, cô Cindy! <3 <3 <3

  • Bj Crookshank

    I enjoyed your narrative and pictures.

    • lanhue

      Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words, BJ. 🙂