Hardware

Hanoi Shopfronts

Above: Huy Hoang, 43 Thuoc Bac, Hanoi, Vietnam.  Shopfront width: 4.82m (15'10") for both.

I didn't pop in to sneak a look, but this could actually be two shops.  I know the signage makes it look like one but there's a partition wall there.  It could be just to create more racking space and we actually have a door connecting the people, and that they've had to post people on both sides of the shop.

Don't know.

Hanoi is Embarrasing

I'm in Hanoi and it's embarrassing.

I recall being in Torun, Poland and having the same thought.

It's an embarrassment of riches.

I'm in shock each time I go out.  I'd classify it like this.

  • Short streets, of about 60m each
  • Truncated intersections, so four shopfronts face into the centre of the intersection
  • Tall and skinny builidngs of no more than 5 metres in width
  • An independent retailer in the ground floor of each building

For example, I saw one street which had a about twenty hardware shops only, each about 3-metres wide.  As I drove past I began to quiver.

Photos wouldn't do it justice at this stage.