A Lovely Day In Da Lat

From Wikitravel

Dalat, also Da Lat (Đà Lạt), located in the South Central Highlands of Vietnam, was originally the playground of the French who built villas in the clear mountain air to escape the heat and humidity of the coast and of Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City.

Dalat looks like a cross between Vietnam and the French Alps. Many of its hotels and houses are built in a European/ French style. The city spreads across a series of pine-covered hills, with a small lake in the center and surrounded by a man made lake and higher peaks, making for some lovely scenery quite different from the rest of Vietnam. Temperatures are pleasantly warm by day, and quite cool at night, down to perhaps 10 degrees Celcius.

We found it an amazing city, cool at night but nice in the daytime. The agriculture is amazing here, flowers (8,000 hectares), coffee (14,000 hectares), tea, fruits and vegtables.  Louise, you would love this area.

We stayed at a guesthouse and they were Roman Catholic. That surprised us a bit. It turns out 10% of Vietnam is RC. It seems strange in a communist country.

Coffee drying on the side of the road.









We visited a silk farm and it was amazing.  They take the cocoons and spin silk from it.  The workers get $5 per day and get a couple of days off per month.

















High on a hill (not sure where the lonely goat is).









One of many greenhouses.









Bye for now.

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