Tuesday, October 23, 2012

By the way...

...what should be hanging on the wall of my rather basic but perfectly clean and comfortable room here at the Rocky Plateau Hotel in Dong Van in north-eastern Vietnam but a presumably locally-produced oil copy of Van Gogh's Cafe de Nuit - a painting which I last saw in April this year in Arles, where I walked past the very cafe that was his subject?

Also BTW, I've had occasion to observe that another everyday invention that has so far escaped the Vietnamese, besides the clothes peg (they use hangers, or just drape the clothes over the line) is toilet paper perforations. Don't ask me how I know.

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