When Ali Swanson guest blogged yesterday, she sent me a couple of images of the old Magasins Reunis building in Hanoi. For the life of me, I couldn’t successfully embed the link in the text.
So here’s one of those images.
It was quite a beauty even in black and white (another image showed a yellow building, not unlike the one Ali posted yesterday). I love the art deco clock on top and the bas-relief below it, which was covered by that striking Communist propaganda poster featured in Ali’s 1992 photo.
And what about Paul Bert, for whom this street was named?
I searched the web and learned he was a professional student in his early years, earning degrees in medicine, physiology, law, and zoology. Then he went into politics.
In 1886 at the age of 53, Bert was appointed resident-general in Vietnam. The poor man didn’t last the year and died of dysentery in Hanoi.