Sunday, February 1, 2015

Saturday: Sa Dec and Vinh Long to Cai Be

Saturday morning we arrived at Sa Dec and were taken ashore on a local boat. We walked through the local market — wholesale, I think, as there were huge quantities of everything.

Boats waiting for passengers

View of Sa Dec shorefront

Boat with eyes to ward off crocodiles (there are none any more); fishing boats don't have them in order to not scare the fish away.

Cart of coconuts

Market shrimp

Market snails

Market fish

Dragonfruit -- we have this often and it is tasty

We visited a colonial home where the author Marguerite Duras’s Chinese lover lived She is a well-known French author born in Saigon. The movie “The Lover” is based on her book.

Chinaman's House

We had some time to wait for the French group to return, and I was happy to find a seat outside the house. It also had a “Happy Room” where we could use the facilities.

In the afternoon I begged off and relaxed on the boat. The others visited a brick and pottery factory, a fruit tree nursery and saw the making of various sweets and rice paper.

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