Đà Lạt – 2013

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a honey bee – in the flower park of the city

That was quite an interesting trip I had taken to Dalat .The city is well-known with many beautiful names such as the city of mist and pine trees, the city of flowers, the city of Mimosa , the city of romance…for me , it’s just Dalat – “the town I love so well” ^ – ^

DAY 1- NIGHT:

-Zzz 

DAY 2:

-5:10 am: hotel: freezing , clap clap clap <– my teeth were hitting each others

-6:00 am: took the very first ride aroud the center of this lovely city.

-The Xuan Huong lake: located in the center of Dalat, with a beautiful cresent moon shape and pines on the shore, the  Xuan Huong lake truly made that morning of mine!

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are you lonesome … today ?

Dalat Cathedral : or The Chicken Church (I love to call it this way ^ – ^ ) – which had been built in 11 years since 1931

Can you see the chicken on the top of the church ?

what can you see on the top of the church ? no,not the cross , I mean the little tiny chicken on the cross ^ – ^  

There is a pretty country road behind the church!

There is a pretty country road behind the church > V < !

– Dalat railway station ( since 1938 – is said to be one of the most antique stations of VN) – from this spot you can take a short trip on the train to Linh Phước pagoda ( it takes abt 30mintutes for that 7km )

The general view of the station

The general view of the station

a very antique inside!

a very antique inside!

the touch of time !

the touch of time !

 -Domaine de Marie (1943): located on the Wild Himalayan Cherry (prunus cerasoides) hill (đồi mai anh)- that’s the reason why domaine de marie is also known as the wild Himalayan Cherry church (nhà thờ Mai anh in Vietnamese) -I love the flower garden behind the church , found so peaceful sitting there!

The front building of the church !

The front view !

Then there is the church !

Then the church appeared!

there is a door behind the church - is that where alice found her wonderland ?

 a door behind the church – is that where Alice found her wonderland ^ – ^ ?

I think I found mine ^ v ^

I think I found mine,too ^ v ^

a cute succulent plant in the graden :)

a cute succulent plant in the graden 🙂

-Night market: (sat and sun’s night- walking area-no vehicles): ^ – ^ when the night falls,numerous rivers of people flow to the sea named Dalat market (since 1958)– I took time doing some shopping, trying local street foods and joining the lively festival-atmosphere – it was truly a great night to spent!

Grilled chicken,beef,fish balls, shrimp balls, sausage...yum!

Grilled chicken,beef,fish balls, shrimp balls, sausage,eggs…yum!

DAY 3:

– Dalat flower park: located on the “Cù hill”- the north of Xuan Huong lake – the park has diverse species of plants (abt 300 different kinds of flowers )

Pansy - after a morning rain

Pansy – after a morning rain

^ - ^ Bird of Paradise

^ – ^ Bird of Paradise 

Mealy cup sage - I love this badly > v <

Mealy cup sage –  love this badly

pink roses ^ - ^

pink roses ^ – ^

when the rain falls, the little spider lost her home!

when the rain falls, a little spider may lost her home!

he wasn't happy , was he ?

he wasn’t happy , was he ?

a golden field - yellow cosmos !

a golden field – yellow cosmos !

-An unknown pagoda : I drove without the help of map, then I found myself get lost to the peak of a small silent hill – really couldn’t manage to read the name cause I had stopped there only for 3,4 minutes. It seemed that this place is not really open for tourist then I decided to leave > – <

1..2..3..click and run !

1..2..3..click and run !

-The strawberries garden: even it’s quite a long time since the last day that I paid this garden a visit , it was so happy that the owner still remembered me ^ – ^ and as a way to say welcome back, he gave me a little cup of home brewed strawberry wine which was SUPER delicious !

love this little pretty road - on my way to the strawberries garden!

love this little pretty road – on my way to the strawberries garden!

Fun tips (collected from the internet) ^ – ^ : 

-Select plump, firm, fully red berries. The small berries are often most flavorful.

-Unripe berries will not ripen once picked.

-Berries to be used immediately may be picked any time, but if you plan to hold the fruit for a few days, try to pick in the early morning or on cool, cloudy days.

Yum!

Yum!

DON’T wash the berries until you are ready to use them.  Washing makes them more prone to spoiling

-You can easily freeze berries that you can not use right away – just wash, cut the hulls off and pop them into a ziplock bag, removing as much air as possible. The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.

what I could do in 15 minutes :P

what I could do in 15 minutes 😛 yay me !

strawberries wine

strawberries wine

-The golden valley it may take abt 40 minutes driving from the center of Dalat to this valley .Even this is quite a new travel spot ,we can find  a big amount of tourists here – since they have been attracted to its beautiful scenery.

(However, for me , I enjoyed the long long winding road which leads to the valley even much more than the travel spot itself  ^ – ^ )

All I wanted to do was to sit down and take a deep breath

All I wanted to do was to sit down and take a deep breath

as free as a bird :)

as free as a bird 🙂

Fairy tale ? No - it's life - the original one!

Fairy tale ? No – it’s life – the original one!

-Linh sơn pagoda (since 1940)

the sunset came peacefully !

the sunset came peacefully !

-Dinner : bánh căn – round rice cake with eggs and meat balls.

hot cakes in a cold night - perfect!

hot cakes in a cold night – perfect!

-Night market : kept fighting, yah yah! Can not image how could this crowded market used to be a muddy land that people planted creson.

DAY 4: 

-Breakfast: bánh mì tương ớt gà xé – bread with chicken and chili sauce

Take a bite, then you may want tohave this as breakfast for the rest of your life !

Take a bite ^ – ^ Then you may want to turn back the bike and buy 10 more 

-Dalat telpher (since 2003) : located on the Robbin hill, standing on the peak of this hill,you will have a view which is even more than gorgeous – blue sky, white clouds, green valleys, foggy mountains, singing pines forest, winding floral roads – they are all here — > v <

the stairway to heaven..ah, I mean, to the telpher station ^ - ^

the stairway to heaven..ah, I mean, to the telpher station ^ – ^

"Once there were green fields kissed by the sun.. Once there were valleys where rivers used to run.."

“Once there were green fields kissed by the sun.. Once there were valleys where rivers used to run..”

-Trúc lâm(forest of bamboo) temple: located on the Phoenix hill , Trúc Lâm temple is said to be one of the biggest temples in Lâm Đồng province .

a garden of roses in the temple

a garden of roses in the temple

The new nice friend I have met there ^ - ^ Tony - a Thai tour guide.

The new nice friend I have met there ^ – ^ Tony – a Thai tour guide.

just another lovable corner

just another lovable corner

My little robot found his peace in this cloverfield!

My little robot found his peace in this clover forest!

Then where is mine ? does my peace fall in this field of flowers?

Then where is mine ? does my peace fall somewhere in this field of flowers…?

Behind the temple , there is a green green pines forest ,take a walk through this wonder land then you will reach the Tuyền Lâm Lake.

a way head to the pines forest

a way head to the pines forest

gifts from the pines forest

gifts from the pines forest

There you go - The Tuyen Lam Lake !

There you go – The Tuyen Lam Lake !

amazing nature

Amazing nature

-Lunch : Dalat telpher’s canteen

a lunch set for vegetarian - extremely yummy > v <

a lunch set for vegetarian – extremely yummy > v <

soda with milk and egg <-- the uncooked one :)

soda with milk and egg <– the uncooked one

-Thiên Vương Cổ Sát pagoda (or also be called as the Chinese Pagoda by local people) since 1958– located on The Dragon hill (the road to reach the peak of this hill is truly not an easy game to play, I found myself tearing the wind as if  I was sitting on a roller coaster while driving up and down on this road) .Behind the pagoda , there is a 10 meters high – statue of Sakyamuni Buddha sitting on a lotus.

a very tradional pagoda

a very tradional pagoda

I took my chance to visit the “spin-able table” which is said to be magical, when s.one (or a group of people) put hands on it, with eyes closed and think (don’t have to speak out loud) of a spell like: plz spin to the right/to the left (if you are in a group,remember to have the same request), it may happen exactly the way you want it to – automatically (but it may not work for several people)!

the magical table - they said

the magical table – they said

– The Biological Institute of Dalat: a huge collection of orchids and plants they have there ^ – ^ (I don’t like the animals part – with dead bodies that are preserved with formaldehyde , I know that is a biological job from which we may get many knowledge , but I just couldn’t stand watching them)

the building - inside is "Valley of the kings" - animal mummies> - <

the main building – or “Valley of the kings” I should call -full of animal mummies –AHHHH > – <

> V < I love gardening things

Yup, this place is much more better, phew!!!

-Dinner :

grilled rice cake , there are many fillings for you to choose

grilled rice cake , there are many fillings for you to choose

filling for me? I picked cheese ^ - ^

filling for me? I picked cheese ^ – ^

DAY 5:

– 8:30 am : took the last walk in the center area of the city, bought some (more) souvenirs then was totally in a deep red =)) !

Bye ,Xuan Huong Lake :)

Bye ,Xuan Huong Lake 🙂

– 12:pm : coming home 

it was abt 6:30PM

it was abt 6:30PM

Hope you enjoy the trip, as I really did ^ – ^

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48 thoughts on “Đà Lạt – 2013

    • ^ – ^ I am the one who have to say thank you for such a nice compliment of yours !

      Might be there were some unhappy pieces – but I think I forgot them all , yes , I had a great trip , indeed ! ^ – ^ you are always more than welcome,Jackie! Drop by and enjoy some tea anytime 🙂

    • Glad to know that you enjoy the trip,Yellow Cable ^ – ^ ! At the moment I’m worrying if the post is too long – your comment brights me up , deep and big thanks for that!

      The spring has come to your place already right ? 🙂 do you have any plan for a trip, Yellow Cable ?

  1. Great trip with your guide… beautiful photos and text! 🙂

    “Bird of Paradise”… ahahah, we have many of them here! 😛

    I didn’t know that name… only what we call here: Estrelícias (Strelitzia reginae).
    Always learning! 😛

    • your comment always makes me smile,Paranoiasnfm ! ^ – ^ haha , your place should be a paradise for this special kind of “birds” I think 🙂

      you are so right , I keep learning from you guys all the time ^ – ^ for me, that’s one of the coolest things of blogging!

      Thanks for your visit, have a nice day,Paranoiasnfm ^ v ^ !

      • Nice! That’s what we need: smile!
        Paradise? See the new post i have… about Sata Rallye Açores and you will see beautiful photos! 😉

        Yeah, always learning. 😀
        Have a nice day too! 😉

  2. Thank you for bringing me in your virtual tour to Dalat, Yin. It is really a beautiful place.
    By the way, about the Chicken Church, there is also a church that is called the same in here. Perhaps I’ll post its picture someday 🙂

    • Welcome to the tour, Chris13jkt ^ v ^ Thanks so much for enjoying the trip with me ! You will love this place, I bet (there are many waterfalls , Chris13jkt ^ – ^ )

      Dalat will hold the Flowers Festival this October, pay us a visit if you can, really hope to see you there !

      A church with the same name ? cool, this world is that amazing ^ – ^ Can’t wait to enjoy your post of that chicken church ,I think it sure will full of interesting information and beautiful photos – as always!

    • Haha , just same here, if Meat Bun was there, I might have to spent all day chasing her ^ – ^ But we do love them anyway!

      p/s: Thanks for your very kind words ^ – ^ I almost being crazy abt those friends from the wild,since there aren’t so many of them left in the crowded city where I’m living!

    • It is,indeed ^ – ^ pay us a visit someday, you are always more than welcome,Lignumdraco! And so many thanks for dropping by my garden, have a nice day!

  3. Hello! I am so happy to find your wonderful blog. I was first drawn to your picture of the bee–it is great. I am a backyard beekeeper and I know how hard it is to catch a good photo of them. I really enjoyed your tour and all the beautiful places you shared with their playful captions.

    • ^ v ^ your comment really brings a smile on my face,Katyoparty! I love to “catch” bees and butterflies so much,however,I 100% agree with you,they are just so hard to be “captured”

      Glad you like the trip ^ – ^ feel free to drop by my garden anytime for some tea,Katyoparty! I will stay around your place,too, love your arts so much!

    • ^ – ^ Thanks Bokehenstein, the place is really cool, indeed! Moreover,there will be a flower festival in the end of the year (2013),hope that you may pay us a visit then!

    • > v < haha,you got me, Yup , I 've soften them ^ – ^ that tone of color makes me feel peaceful , a little dreamy , and relaxing !

      And it's so great to know that they bring the same feeling to you,Huawei ! Thanks for enjoying the trip with me ^ – ^

      Have a sweet day !

    • ^ ^ then hope you like the trip,Jojit S Las !

      yah, food is the first thing I think of when visit any new places =)

      Thanks for your very nice words,Josit S Las, have a beautiful day ^ – ^ !

  4. What a great post! So much you saw and experienced…and the food looked great, I am hungry now 🙂

    Most important, you do a great job showing the beautiful city Da Lat, and I hope to visit one day and see all those sites and also have a little of the strawberry wine, it looked good. Your photos and words are really special. Thanks for a good start to the week!

    • ^ – ^ Thanks for your very nice comment,Dalo ! Food is the first thing I ever think of when travel to new places, haha !

      Yah, I agree with you , there is nothing like a glass of cold strawberry wine for such a hot season ! But this kind of drink is hard to find in the market,Dalo ^ ^ if you visit DL, someday, tell me then I will give you the phone number of the garden’s owner!

      The Dalat flowers festival will be held in the end of this year ^ ^ if you want to join the festival , then remmeber to book the hotel from October,Dalo !

    • Haha , cám ơn nhận xét dễ thương “dã man” của quoctruong nha 🙂 (hay Quốc Trương ??!! Trương Quốc?? > ^ < mình dở đoán đoán lắm) !

      Trà hoa hồng heng ^ – ^ ?

        • ^ – ^ haha, thường Yin mời vậy là mời trên blog (phạm vi cái vườn này) ah, dù lâu lâu có thêm hình hay bánh trái minh họa cho “âm thanh sắc nét ,hình ảnh sống động” tí xíu, nhưng chủ yếu tụi mình vẫn phải vận dụng trí tưởng tượng là chính!

          Hình như Yin làm Q.trương hiểu lầm, lỡ đi ra khỏi “vườn” luôn hỉ ? ^ – ^ Ở ngoài không nhiều chỗ bán trà hoa hồng lắm, ưn , ok, vậy hôm nào trà hoa hồng (thiệt hả??), hoặc trà trái cây! (cf sữa phải ngồi lề đg uống mới “đã” ha ? )

          p.s: yin yin là tên ở nhà mọi người hay gọi, Trương có thể gọi yin là yến nếu thấy không quen miệng (tay) lắm ^ – ^ !

            • ^ – ^ Trời đất, chuyện có gì đâu mà yin phải giận, tại yin ko nói rõ “địa bàn hoạt đồng” mới làm Trương hiểu lầm mà ha!

              đâu , cái mời sau là đi uống trà ngoài cái vườn thiệt ah Trương 🙂

    • Yah the trip was amazing ^ – ^ Glad you love the photos,Christina, thanks so so much !

      I also love the photo of honey bee very well ,Christina 🙂 I was just so lucky having that chance to meet the little one!

just can't wait to hear from you ^ - ^

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