Monday, October 5, 2009

The Last Guy I Knew With A Greenhouse Wasn't Growing Flowers

"Dear common flower, that grow'st  beside the way,/ Fringing the dusty road with harmless gold." -James Russell Lowell, American poet and cage fighter, from To The Dandelion.

One of the attractions here in Dalat is the flowers.  The city itself has a flower garden for tourists, but it is mostly famous for exporting its flowers all over Vietnam and Asia.  The landscape in Dalat is marked by lines upon lines of greenhouses that mark each little plateau carved into the hillsides.  At every few shops that line the street you can buy small bundles of chrysanthemums and the occasional rose of every variety and color.   I think that at some point in January they will have a flower festival here in Dalat, which will actually be more fun than it sounds, because any festival here involves drums, floats, food, and dancing.

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