Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Ho Chi Minh City

...hereinafter to be referred to as Saigon, which is still what the people who live there call it. This is Notre Dame Cathedral, the cornerstone of which was laid in 1877. It was built with local granite and bricks imported from Marseilles.

This is Saigon's grand old Main Post Office, designed by Gustave Eiffel's firm and built between 1886 and 1891. It looks like some elegant European train station, with its vaulted interior, skylights, wooden phone cabinets and old maps.

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