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First port of call today was the Lam Dong Museum, an interesting collection of artefacts and items representing the ancient and more recent history of the Dalat area.

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It’s no surprise that architect Dang Viet Na cites Gaudi as one of her inspirations for the design of this “Crazy House” in Dalat. This attraction also serves as a guest house and feels like a melting pot of Gaudi and Hobbiton.

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Last stop this morning before the heavens opened up with another storm was the historic Dalat Railway Station opened in 1938. Beret-clad photographers were on location today.

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Tomorrow we will venture out into the countryside to see some of the agricultural and natural landscapes surrounding Dalat.

 

 

 

A short flight this morning took us to Dalat, a hill city developed by the French in the early twentieth century.

After lunch (a bun cha ca) we walked down to the markets and then down to the lake to get our bearings before heading a little out of town to visit the old palace of the last Emperor of Vietnam, Bao Dai. He was ousted in 1955 and spent the rest of his life in exile in France.  I was very taken with the interior design of the house, particularly the staircase details.

We enjoyed some freshly made pots of yoghurt while we waited for a cab back to town. It was a relatively easy day, rounded off by a meal at the V Cafe with a little live music.

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