Diplomatic party season in full swing: Moldova, Vietnam, Paraguay

Liberal MP Alexandra Mendès shares a laugh and some Moldovan wine with Moldovan Ambassador Ala Beleavschi, at Moldova's Sept. 22 independence day event at the Chateau Laurier. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Guatemalan Ambassador Rita Claverie de Sciolli greets Ms. Beleavschi. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Newly arrived Latvian Ambassador Karlis Eihenbaums, second from right, with his spouse, Inara Eihenbauma, left, Ms. Beleavschi, and her spouse, Ghenadie Beleavschi. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Julio César Arriola Ramírez, Paraguay's ambassador, right, welcomes the ambassador of Panama, Alberto Arosemena, to a Sept. 19 piano recital hosted at the National Gallery. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Honduran Ambassador Sofía Cerrato with the Paraguayan envoy. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Thai Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi opens a day-long celebration of Thai culture in Toronto with a bang. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

An elaborate carved fruit display at the Sept. 10 event at Yonge-Dundas Square. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Tran Phi Nga, with her spouse, Vietnamese Ambassador To Anh Dung, and Deputy Minister for International Development Peter Boehm, at their national day celebration on Sept. 15 at the Westin. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. To with Japanese Ambassador Kenjiro Monji at the Westin Hotel. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. To and Ms. Tran, with Evelyn Puxley, director of South East Asia & Oceania Relations at Global Affairs, Do Thu Huong, and her spouse, Minister Counsellor at the Vietnamese Embassy Nguyen Hung Son. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia