Hoi An, Vietnam is an ancient Asian trading centre, so important and well preserved that is was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is known for lantern making, and each month during full moon it holds a Lantern Festival.
Some of our travel highlights this year included Vietnam, Venice, Mexico, and Quebec. The most travelling we did, however, was to various places in our home province of Saskatchewan. But since our last posting was specifically on Saskatchewan, this time we’ll look at a few spots outside the province.
Hoi An’s most iconic feature is the Japanese Bridge, dating to the 18th century. Attractive anytime, it is especially photogenic lit up at night.
Entrance to Hoi An’s Japanese Bridge at night. This shot wasn’t staged, by the way. By happy coincidence, a woman in classic Vietnamese dress entered the bridge and stopped for a moment.
A busy intersection in central Saigon. While Vietnam abounds in beautiful places, this is part of its reality as well. In fact, whenever anyone mentions Vietnam, the first image it invokes for us is motor bikes – lots of them.
A vaporetti, or water bus, running through the Grand Canal of Venice.
Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute in morning fog, Venice.
Gondolas on the Grand Canal
Quebec City’s famous Chateau Frontenac Hotel. It is said to be the most photographed hotel in the world.
Historic streets of Old Quebec City
Waterfall on the Riviere du Loup, Quebec
A quiet evening overlooking Auberge du Vieux Moulin, Quebec.
Morning coffee overlooking Lake Sacacomie. Quebec
Former trapper and wilderness expert, Gaspard Bourke, is a larger-than-life character and local legend. His job is to help guests at Quebec’s Hotel Sacacomie to appreciate nature.
Folkloric dancers in Merida, Mexcio
The 16th century Convent of San Antonio de Padua, Izamal, Mexico. The well-preserved centre of this historic town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The wildly colourful buildings in the historic centre of Campeche, Mexico. This ancient walled city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Night time view of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Campeche, Mexico [/caption]