Looking Back: Notre Dame, Saigon

| February 4, 2010 | 2 Comments
notredame Looking Back: Notre Dame, Saigon

On the steps of Notre Dame Cathedral...

Saigon, Vietnam (June 22, 2002) — On the steps of Notre Dame Cathedral, where Saigon’s ceaseless traffic flows, preternaturally—a murder of a million crows—I withdraw into the shadow of a high-rise. Out in the sun, the poor spear tourists with their eyes, who try, in vain, to neither notice nor react. Next to me, out of my reach, a woman fixes her makeup in a cracked compact: her lipstick dries the color of fear.

We’ve started a new category on our blog called ‘Looking Back’ that will include an occasional entry from our journals that date back to 2001 when we first began writing about living and travelling abroad. We’ll present these paired with a photo in the form of a verbal postcard. Together, these postcards provide an (in)formal and often (in)coherent narrative of the trips we’ve taken!

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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. His latest book, The Physics of Flocking, gathers his favourite writing featured over the past two years on Two Go Round-The-World in columns like 'Looking Back' and 'The Whole Picture'—along with new reflections.

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  1. Jack Norell says:

    Gorgeous photo, been to the Notre Dame in Paris but never made it to Vietnam.

  2. Wow – love these series. Great photo and words. Next best thing to a real postcard :)

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