I’ve been looking forward to our Dalat trip (starting on Christmas morning) all month that I was getting anxious how we were going to pull it off after Christmas Eve celebration that could last till the wee hours of the morning.
A trip to Dalat usually takes 8 hours. With the new HCMC- Long Thanh – Dau Giay Expressway, the trip took less. Our trip home was even shorter. In both ways, we only encountered traffic in Ho Chi Minh City.
We arrived a few days before the Dalat Flower Festival on December 29.
The whole city was a-flurry to get things done before the festival.
After stashing our stuff in our “home” for the next 4 days, our group all decided to walk to the Dalat Cathedral. We’ve heard mass there before but it would be nice to visit as the place looks wonderful during Christmas.
Our friends who were all set to go to Paris for the holidays (and decided not to because of last months attacks), wanted to have their photo taken by the VNPT tower. Haha.
We went out around 5:30 PM and the temperature has started to drop.
Mass was being celebrated when we arrived at the Cathedral. It was beautifully lit up with decors made of recycled materials.
Yup! Those silver orbs are made from plastic cups.
Even the Nativity Scene were made from recycled materials.
In a non-Catholic country, I am always in awe whenever I see a Catholic Church — especially when it looks so grand.
Just worth mentioning that after our cathedral visit, it was getting dark already and we saw the full moon. The last full moon on Christmas was in 1977.
For most of our stay, we relied mainly on Google Maps (where would we be without Google Maps?!?!) and our driver who was not really that familiar with Dalat. Hooray for technology!
10,000 steps achieved on the first day!