Violet Versus Vietnam

Violet's sporadically-updated Vietnam blog documenting her year of teaching English in Tra Vinh and further adventures in Da Lat

Forgotten places: the old French swimming pool

In my imaginary, alternative tour of Dalat*, we skip the emperor's palace, the villas and the train station, and instead get our French colonial fix here, on an abandoned hilltop on the edge of town, behind a gas station and some cabbage patches:

It looks more like the ruins of some Central American temple now, so it's hard to imagine what it was like in 1942, full of bathing French people escaping the Saigon heat on holiday in the mountains.

* The tour also includes eel-fishing in Xuan Huong Lake, visits to my two favorite cemeteries, and wraps up with everyone breaking into the Dalat Palace golf course through a hole in the fence on the southeast side.