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Step aside Hanoi, move over Halong Bay, it's time to shine a light on Hue, Vietnam. From sipping on a steaming hot bowl of bun bo hue to wandering Dong Ba market, discover this lesser-known gem.

Step aside Hanoi, move over Halong Bay, it's time to shine a light on Hue, Vietnam. From sipping on a steaming hot bowl of bun bo hue to wandering Dong Ba market, discover this lesser-known gem.

St Albans City station, 1977 | A view of the southern end of… | Flickr

A view of the southern end of St Albans City station on 24 November 1977. This was pre-electrification of course, and the scene has changed dramatically since then. Ironically, the one constant is the South signal box, which, although it closed in 1979, remains as a Grade II listed building and has been fully restored and is periodically open to the public Pentax SP1000/50mm Ilford FP4 rated @ 200 ASA

St Albans Clock Tower, Hertforshire, UK by Howard Somerville, via Flickr. I grew up in St Albans and cannot remember how often I passed this local landmark or looked across the city from the roof.

In watery December sun. In the 19th Century, the (obfuscated glass) clock face was illuminated from behind by gas light. In the Middle Ages, the ground floor of the tower was let as a shop, and above it was living accomodation for the shopkeeper, and above that accomodation for the clock keeper and his family. Off a spiral staircase inside were two unventilated garderobes over a narrow vertical shaft descending to a cesspit in the basement of the tower. The stench from these garderobes must…

1931 LT AEC Renown LT1137 on Route 330 from St.Albans Garage. From the Mr.H.Beck Collection

1931 LT AEC Renown LT1137 on Route 330 from St.Albans Garage. From the Mr.H.Beck Collection