USA – A day drive to Lake Tahoe, California (1)

Today.. we took a drive out. For me, it was day rest from cycling (excuses only LOL!!) The journey took us about 4 hrs; a slow and scenic view.

Brief intro of Lake Tahoe. It is the large freshwater lake in Sierra Nevada and the largest alpine lake in North America, with a surface elevation of 1,897m . Located along the border between California and Nevada, west of Carson City. Its depth is 501 m, making it the second-deepest in the United States and is listed as the 26th largest lake by volume in the world at 150.68249 km3.

View along the way to Lake Tahoe.

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The place was dominated by a mixed conifer forest….

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Reaching at Lake Tahoe… it was more of a tourist attraction place in both Nevada and California. It has a number of ski resorts, summer outdoor recreation, and tourist attractions. The time I went was summer so no snow but just lots of sun. Close by was also lots of casinos but at the Nevada side which we did not head there.

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Ducks baking in the sun.

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Clear blue sky over Lake Tahoe.

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As the lake perimeter was huge, we took a drive along its perimeter.

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One of our stops was the Inspiration Point Vista (good place to come to get new ideas. HAHA!!)

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To be continued…….

Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (3)

Welcome back to Hanoi. We were heading back to the city for our lunch.

Another typical life style of the people in Hanoi having a meal on the side of the road on stools. A very common sight.

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A Vietnamese lady playing the Vietnamese bamboo musical instrument in the restaurant that we had lunch.

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After lunch, we headed to the West Lake (Hồ Tây) which is a freshwater lake in the center of Hanoi, Vietnam. This is the largest lake in the capital and a popular place for recreation with many surrounding gardens, hotels and villas.

Before stopping at the lake, we visited one of Vietnam’s ancient Four Sacred Temples built during the reign of King Ly Thai To from 1010 to 1028. The temple features detailed wood carvings of sacred animals, trees and flowers in its structure. It was said that visitors who visited were encouraged to pray for health, luck and happiness during their visit to Quan Thanh Temple.

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You could hire boats to go around the lake or have lunch on a floating restaurant.

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The entrance to the small island where the oldest pagoda is found.

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Trấn Quốc Pagoda in Hanoi is the oldest pagoda in the city, originally constructed in the sixth century during the reign of Emperor Ly Nam De. It was believed that the age of this pagoda is around 1,400 years old.

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One of the building in the temple ground.

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After that, we headed to see the famous water puppet show in Hanoi near the Hoan Kiem Lake. Very interesting performance to watch.

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The people behind the scene who are controlled and played the puppets in the water.

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