Past travels 24th Febuary, Da lat
Away from Na Trang coast and three hours slow bus ride through the mountainous jungle,
you will find the town of Da Lat. There is plenty- waterfalls, valleys, lakes, mountains to hike and just about everywhere your eye can see, beautiful landscapes.
Once we arrived in Da Lat we made our way to a guest house a friend had suggested, and we wandered around the city to get the feel of it.
One of the trips we did in Da lat was to visit 3 local water falls we able to go down to it on a Toboggan ride which was great fun. Alisha went on her own and did very well. This was their second toboggan ride the first was when we visited the Great Wall of China.
|Look at my kids meditating near the water fall|
We had lunch in carriage turned restaurant
On another trip, we took a journey on one of the last French cog wheeled trains that ran through the mountains from Da Lat to Na Trang.
It was dismantled in the Vietnam war to get at the steel rails. but first we got into the mood by having lunch in carriage turned restaurant
At the end of the line we came across the most beautiful Buddhist Temple
Chua Linh Phuoc. I wish we could have send all day there, Every inch of the temples and surrounding monuments and statues were decorated in brightly coloured little mosaic tiles, In addition, where there are galleries precious stones, porcelain and antique furniture and fine art were found. We thought that we had seen every kind of temple there is, but we were wrong. We entered into the most kitschy, wonderful, fairytale place For example a 49 m long dragon, dragon fin was made of 12,000 bottles of beer.has strong roots in Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology, Taoist and Buddhist philosophy, and the pantheon of Taoist immortals and Buddhist bodhisattvas are still reflective of some Chinese religious attitudes today. Enduringly popular, the tale is at once a comic adventure story, a spring of spiritual insight, and an extended allegory in which the group of pilgrims journeys towards enlightenment which each of them can achieve only with the help of all of the others. In English-speaking countries, the work is widely known as Monkey, the title of Arthur Waley's popular abridged translation......I loved this series Who remembers 'Monkey'
We also visited the The Crazy House a local hotel come tourist hotspot and hobby of an eccentric Government official with a weird and twisted sense of style.
This was part of a flower show, we saw some wonderful bonsai trees
and a few memorials of Uncle HO Chi Minh the leader of North Vietnamese in 1960/70s
The local market day
When it was time to leave we booked our selves onto a bus to Mue Ne. Which in the end turned out be an adventure in its self.
|This just about says it all :-)|
This time we had no change to argue I squeezed in one seat Andy sat in the front seat with seb on his knee, and Alisha sat at the side of him and in front of me on a cushion, on what is the plastic bit in the middle of the two front seats.
Five hours later and after some of the worse potholed roads we have travelled on, we arrived in Mue Ne
Good bye Da Lat
Hello Mue Ne xx