Around Dalat

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1500m up the the mountains, Dalat was originally founded by the French as a retreat from the heat of the country below.  It was wet, but still pretty warm when we visited, and the cycling was certainly very hilly.

A Hillside Village Just Below Dalat

'Dalat' means the 'Town of the Lat tribe'.  Unfortunately, they were ousted by the French, but we visited the village where they now live.

The chicken appears prominently in local lore
The 'cooler' climate lends itself to growing European vegetables, while the intense tropical sun means two harvest are year are easily possible

Weaving silk - locally made silk products were on sale in many places we visited

We passed roadside fruit stalls on many occasions
Jon's smile belies the long steep hill that we had to climb to get back up to town

Coach driver Chin made sure we took the right turning
Regrouping at the top of the hill

The Thien Vuong Pagoda

Shrine at the start of the lane leading to the complex

Cycling Around Town

The ride around town provided a real challenge, as the Vietnamese approach to driving is rather less disciplined than we are used to

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