Lovers of French colonial architecture are in for a treat in Hanoi. The old city, the former capital of French Indochina, is dotted with grandiose buildings that reflect both foreign and local influences - many lovingly restored and deserve to be looked at and thanks to Vietnam's meteoric economic rise.
The former French Quarter is the area south of Hoan Kiem Lake and it showcases the legacy of the European colonization of Vietnam. There are many fantastic colonial architecture of the early 20th century here. Famous attractions include the St Joseph Cathedral, Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi Opera House, Sofitel Metropole Hotel, Former Residence of Paul Doumer the Governor General of Indochina, Cultural Palace and many museums, are the best known buildings of that period.
This is 1901 facade of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, the old colonial building that bespeaks a time and place of this architecture and a typical representation of the French colonial style in Hanoi. This is Vietnam’s finest combination of history, atmosphere, luxury and is one of the country’s most elegant French colonial buildings. The original Metropole, has been restored to its former glory with just the right touches of modern design to make the hotel feel contemporary, but without disturbing the historical look and ambiance of the building.
Take a leisurely ride on these Vintage 1953 Citroen but bear the characteristic noise of the four-cylinder engine and experience the atmosphere of old charming Hanoi. It certainly worth for playing the old colonialist for one or two hours......
Workshop1: Close up picture of Vintage 1953 Citroen Model B15
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jemaflor (95283) 2012-10-14 9:12
A lovely old car well taken, good composition and sharpness on your shot ... a subject as my recent post.
cornejo (40833) 2012-10-14 10:11
Hello Abmdsudi, excellent photo of this scene straight out of an old photo albun, mid last century. Very good frame and quality, very good and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good morning and happy start to the week.
Best regards and best wishes.
Highmountains (2674) 2012-10-14 10:34
Vintage Cars, Vintage Architecture, Modern photograph.
The photograph has sharpness and clarity. The two cars are on the left hand side, just below the first green window on the left. The details of the three windows reveal tradition, heritage and class. The white walls, the smart sloping balustrade the short dressed green plants on pots, all add to the elegance of the picture.
The tone of the photograph and the texture of the colours are bright and vivid.
Thanks for sharing.
Adrian_S (1179) 2012-10-14 10:45
politically speaking this era was a bit tense, but the class and the style it left us is just outstanding. Your picture here cathes this spirit of the colonial era very well. It has nostalgia written all over it!
carlo62 (45756) 2012-10-14 11:08
una composizione molto elegante, il soggetto è appropriato e ben inquadrato.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2012-10-14 13:52
Wonderful capture of this beautiful antique cars.
Excellent colors and sharp details to this old beauty.Very well done.
pajaran (59041) 2012-10-14 22:38
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o starom hotelu i automobilima ...
Lep pogled na stare automobile i prozore hotela.
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepi automobili i prozori sa drvenim kapcima.
Sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela.
Very good and interesting article about the old hotel and car ...
A nice view of the old cars and the windows of the hotel.
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good composition, nice cars and windows with wooden shutters.
All the best in the new week that started.
Fis2 (95483) 2012-10-15 0:23
Beautiful windows and old autos.
I like composition and frame.
Thank you for your positive criticism :)
mkamionka (35564) 2012-10-15 2:53
lovely composition with the old cars (2 of them) and stylish windows (3). It seems indeed like a photo taken in old times. Just the quality is too great :)
Excellent reportage from Vietnam, it is a pleasure to follow,
gervaso (12627) 2012-10-15 4:49
I love these old cars, and with those colonial windows as background the composition is complete, just as if we were some decades ago. Beautiful job!
papagolf21 (98558) 2012-10-15 5:09
J'aime beaucoup cette image vintage, un charme d'autrefois !
De plus, la couleur de ces CITROEN est étonnante, je ne crois jamais en avoir vu de semblable.
Très belle présentation.
kato (11630) 2012-10-15 5:11
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the architecture in French colonial times and vintage cars. It's interesting in white wall and elegant window of this hotel, too. Anyway, in the 18-20th century, many countries of Asia have been subject to the influence of the building, religion, and culture of a suzerain in the European or American countries. Although not all are denied, it is not a desirable tendency individually. A country must be always strong in order to prevent advance of a foreign country.
Have a nice day,
Noel_Byrne (30071) 2012-10-15 5:28
The colours of the cars are such an eye catching element to your capture here, especially against that beautiful white facade. Amazing that such a European looking scene is from Vietnam, I never knew about the proliferation of this style there. Beautiful shot, and a great note. My lesson learned today :)
kordinator (20459) 2012-10-15 7:41
Wonderful capture of this beautiful old timer.
Excellent colors and sharp details to this old beauty.
Very well done.
eldancer1 (36343) 2012-10-15 7:52
I think I like the Hanoi better than the New Orleans French Quarter. Nice catch of those old cars, love their colors. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-10-15 9:40
excellent juxtaposition of these two,old beauties.The cars with a soul.But also the background with this nice,old colonial architecture is a superb addition and help to meke the composition complete.You noticed excellently the uniqueness of this scene.Execution of it is also perfect.The photo has suberb clarity,very good light and well-saturated colors.Nicely done!
bayno (18344) 2012-10-15 10:08
a perfect cut to propose this century atmosphere, old cars are fascinating and their color is wonderful, excellent quality...beautiful front close-up too...best regards,
adramad (44284) 2012-10-15 11:29
A fabulous composition, which takes us back to a bygone era, which contribute to the two car models 50s.
The POV is superb with those pretty well framed windows in the background, the plants added touch of charm to this beautiful work.
Very good sharpness and brightness, harmony in the palette.
Magnifies note. Very well done.
Have a nice day.
marabu61 (10679) 2012-10-15 13:04
Superb presentation of a very pleasing architecture and even more beautiful cars.
It reminds me of the film "the lover"
have a great time
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-10-15 13:57
Great postcard from Hanoi, Abmdsudi. The twin cars are a great attention grabber - bright and shiny and full of charm. The windows and facade you've set them against is lovely as well, with strong graphical elements and good clarity. Thanks for this one!
dkmurphys (57025) 2012-10-15 14:07
Very attractive artistic capture with those two old cars. I like it a lot, well managed space and elements.
Have a good day.
siamesa (28117) 2012-10-15 16:34
Boa noite Abmdsudi
These old cars have a special charming. Perfect expoosure and beautiful colors.TFS
delpeoples (57264) 2012-10-15 19:32
Hello dear Abmdsudi
Ahh yes, this is timeless. Those beautiful blue vintage cars really make the scene, composed in front of that beautiful colonial architecture. You spotted this scene well and composed it expertly. A simple yet timeless scene. Great shot.
have a lovely day
Nard (6972) 2012-10-16 0:53
I like these cars. It is funny because your picture could be taken anywhere else in France, not in Vietnam. Beautiful composition with this deep blue standing out the house and a perfect sharpness. A picture out of time.
shevchenko (19968) 2012-10-16 2:19
Good frame to a beautiful corner that combined east and west elements, where the potted orange trees are common in oriental orchard, the old cars and old windows are beautiful too, interesting composition, and informative note to introduce the historical building too, thanks for sharing.
Cricri (117217) 2012-10-16 11:05
Yes beaucoup de charme dans cette composition du temps passé, le bon cadrage des trois fenêtres avec le devant des deux voitures superbe d'ailleurs, bonne lumière et couleurs
macjake (66510) 2012-10-19 12:13
I remember seeing this photo a few days ago and i loved it just as much then as i do now.
great work in showing just the 3 windows, and the bright blue cars really provide a wonderful contrasting element.
its simple but attractive, along with being a very different photo from this unique picturesque country.
claudeD (37772) 2012-10-21 8:03
I think you did a very good contribution to TE here. Excellent composition and excellent colors. i like the old Cotroen cars very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
ourania (43538) 2012-10-24 14:01
a wonderful composition, elegant framing and great light management. Refined style and atmosphere permeate this lovely photo. I like very much the balance offered by the interaction of the elements of the composition. The cars with their lustrous colours brighten up the picture and look absolutely fascinating. Your workshop picture exalts the rare model's charm. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
korbee (6617) 2012-11-02 15:24
A very complete view of the good old days my friend,I dont know but in those times they really had a good taste for the right combination of colorsas we can see here on the cars and the blinds of the windows.
thebest (4276) 2012-11-26 3:09
I must admit I did not know much at all about Vietnam until quite recently - I have a brother living there so I have heard a little about Ho Chi Min City.
I had no idea that there was the French Quarter etc etc;
Your notes are extremely interesting.
Your photo is wonderful with the old cars - Amazing - the colours - clarity & Perspective all excellent work.
EstudioChispa (2174) 2013-10-23 9:12
This is such a surprising image to me, but it makes perfect historical sense.
I have to also say that your WS close-up of the 1953 Citroen is fabulous. I doubt that very many of these cars survive, even in France!
Great presentation, Abmdsudi; thanks for sharing!
ikeharel (69165) 2015-03-29 1:52
Two old Citroen in blue, different model but elegantly parked as twins, Abmdsudi.
Placed perfectly on image, gave another good part of pic. space to the facade with wooden dark-green shuuters.
Have a nice new week,
berek (49236) 2016-03-27 21:15
Yes a lot of charm in this composition of the past, the right framing three windows with the front two cars also superb, good light and color
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (52353)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-00
- Categories: Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-14 9:07