Headstones and Heartbreakers ~ Hanoi, Vietnam
Nov 21 2001

Hanoi's atmospheric old quarter is referred to as the 36 streets because over 700 years ago the 36 guilds established themselves here on separate streets. To this day there are entire streets devoted to one type of product, like the gravestones seen here . New products have arrived on the 'old 36', like sunglasses and CDs, while many of the original guilds are no longer around. After all, the clam worm market just isn't what it used to be. It should be noted that the carvers skill can be turned towards living subjects too - note the two hunky fellas immortalized top centre.

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nigel & julie snow