Vientiane, the continuing story

It was a sunny day in the capital and we decided it would be a good day to see the arc the Triomphe called Patuxai (literally meaning Victory Gate). It’s a war monument built between 1957 and 1968, dedicated to the people who fought for the independence of the country against France. We had to cross some roads which was pretty much an adventure in itself (as it is in most country’s in South East Asia). We were lucky enough to find that the frangipani trees were in blossom and I could pick up one and sniff its delicate smell.  

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Loose tile on the sidewalk? Call your local government. Not in Laos
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No drugs and no smoking. What a boring place.
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Behold. The magnificent arc.
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Under the arc all kind of beautiful details could be seen.

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For a small fee we were allowed to climb the arc. The only things inside were some local entrepreneurs with loads and loads of overpriced souvenirs. Still the view from the top was worth the climb.

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One of the corner spires.
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Again lots of nice details everywhere.

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After a little bit of people watching in the adjacent park, we continued to visited some temples, which will be the topic of the next post.
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