They are still here, the French. Just below the surface of any untouched urban space in Laos are the majestic villas and churches left by them. There are even some funky art-deco cinemas!
A peaceful provincial backwater like Savannakhet will boast an excellent French restaurant. Vientiane may be raging battle to wipe out this legacy but the French were here and they will always be here.
We spent some time in Savannakhet church. Calm, quiet and untouched except for the new floor tiles which belong in a bathroom.
Here are some images of The Way France Was.
What is left of her is beautiful, tragic. Sometimes you get glimpses of electric fixtures from the fifties, awnings and colourful brick walls. She always strikes a chord, leaving an echo in my heart.
Many thanks to my brother-in-law, Marc Boneu who took many of these photos and allowed me to use his camera.