Lockdown luggage labels – H

H is for the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent mosque in Istanbul. It is indicative of the multiple histories of the region that this building was once also a Christian cathedral, and at the time of my visit it was a secular national monument (although I see discussions online that some people want to re-consecrate this as a mosque again). In any eventuality, it is an awe-inspiring celebration of architecture and culture, and an iconic image of Istanbul.

H is also for Hanoi. I loved my brief visit to Hanoi, and got up early one morning to avoid the heat and high humidity to wander around with my camera. Almost everything seems to take place on the street, including this barber ‘shop’ and, like many oriental cities, the hustle and vivacity of life seems absolutely everywhere. It would love to explore more of this country.

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