Get Lost in Hanoi

Get Lost in Hanoi

Not all who wander are lost; but losing your way in this city may just be one of the best experiences.

Music pounded through the streets, shaking the restaurants stockpiled in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. It was dark when my fiancé and I arrived to the city, and the night was already alive. Revellers drank in nearby bars, spilling out onto the streets and restaurant employees smiled with beguiling faces while enthusiastically waving menus in our direction.

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Faces of Hội An

Faces of Hội An

Portraits of people bringing light and life to Hội An.

Hội An’s golden buildings make a glowing backdrop framing the people who bring life to the historic city. In the meandering Old Town, shopkeepers sweep doorframes and the smells of cooking — braised pork, fresh chili, basil, star anise and lime — permeate through the air. Silk lanterns of sky-blue, fuchsia and lavender span archways and sway in the gentle breeze as tourists laugh and chat in open-air cafes.

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Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

As the sunshine fades and rain takes its place, St. Kilda beach transforms from a mass of sunbathers to lone wanderers.

There is something lonely but beautiful about St. Kilda beach in the rain. During lazy summer days sunshine warms the expansive beach — the sand soon covered by partially naked bodies trying to soak up the sun’s piercing rays. The boardwalk fills with locals and tourists heading to one of the ocean-side patios, meandering out to visit the resident penguins making their home in the cove at the end of St. Kilda Pier, or settling in to catch the sunset.

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Streetscapes: Melbourne CBD

Streetscapes: Melbourne CBD

Melbourne’s City Centre breathes life into historic architecture.

Melbourne’s Central Business District is the heart of the city. Melbournites and tourists mill through the area’s popular streets, including Burke, Elizabeth and Flinders, while trams shuttle more pedestrian hordes from one end of the CBD to the other. The urban centre pulses with an excited energy, with winding lanes decorated wall-to-wall with graffiti are home to popular restaurants, cafes and bars, and buskers lining nearly every street corner.  

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