The Old Quarter and its surrounding streets are like a belt of color. The Old Quarter has certainly inspired many people not only photographers, each trying to capture this sometimes “fragment of old times” on paper, canvas, silk, stone or digital medium. Even up to these days it provides postcard-perfect scenery for the digitized tourist attracted by one of the rare Quarters which seems as original as countless histories from old times.
The scenery of the Old Quarter, especially the Xuan market is best experienced on foot. The alleys wind its way through the Quarter like a maze, which just waits to be discovered. You can walk for hours, even for days and the ongoing crazy and turbulent traffic, the sellers and shops will deliver all the sights you expect from an Asian town and many more.
The ever present conical hats, the woman carrying their poles, old three wheel carts and if you are lucky and here at the right time of year and day the warm glow of the sun shining in this old alleys with the mix of old and new is what all the tourists are attracted to.
May be there are people which don’t want to be photographed .
Or others who can speak English or French are eager to get their image taken and you can have a little chit chat, like I did with this old fellow. He told me, that he has his cap for many years as it brought him luck and he never leave the house without it. I want to meet him again and than he will tell me his lucky cap story. Will see what this is all about.