An iconic French-era palace in Da Lat that served as the official residence and office for governors of an erstwhile Vietnamese province has become an abandoned site as administrators chase their dream of transforming the Central Highlands city into a modernized tourist hub. Known in Vietnamese as Dinh Tinh Truong, literally translated as “palace of the provincial governor,” the three-floor mansion was built during the French colonial period in Vietnam and finished in 1910. It was the official residence and office for governors of the erstwhile Tuyen Duc Province, which in the present day is part of Lam Dong Province encompassing the areas of Da Lat and the neighboring districts of Duc Trong, Don Duong, Lac Duong, Dam Rong, and Lam Ha. Sitting on top of a hill in the city center, the palace boasts one of the best vantage points of Da Lat and is surrounded by one of the rare green spaces left in the city’s densely-built urban area. The ‘Dinh Tinh Truong’ … [Read more...] about Society Da Lat abandons iconic French-era palace for dream of modernity Da Lat abandons iconic French-era palace for dream of modernity
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In our new Green Weekend series, we invite you to discover Europe’s main cities in a sustainable way - from green accommodation to getting around, ethical shopping to relaxing. Let's begin with Budapest, the capital of Hungary, and this year's best European destination according to European Best Destinations (EBD). Known as the 'Pearl of the Danube', Budapest offers the elegance of Paris, the architectural heritage of Vienna, the charm of Porto and Stockholm’s easygoing way of life. If you are a green traveler, you may not think of Budapest as the prime eco-friendly travel destination. However, in the last decade, the city of 1.75 million people has made great strides in terms of environmental friendliness. Follow our guide: Getting around: bus & bikes Walking is one of the best - and most eco-friendly - ways to get around Budapest but if you want to give your feet a rest, there are other ways to discover the beauty of Budapest. For example, Budapest’s must-see … [Read more...] about How to do a Green Weekend in Budapest?
0 Have your say Plans to create a luxury hotel at the former Simpson Pavilion hospital building in Aberdeen have been given the green light in move that will see The Scotsman name push into the city. A multi-million pound development to transform the A-listed building at Woolmanhill Hospital into a 52-bedroom hotel, the second under The Scotsman brand, has now received full planning and listed building consent.Stefan King’s Glasgow-based hospitality firm G1 Group has been named as the owner and occupier of the hotel and scores of planned serviced apartments.This follows G1 Group’s takeover of The Scotsman Hotel in Edinburgh – the former home of this newspaper – in March 2017, where it launched the Grand Café last year.Subject to further planning permission, the former hospital’s B-listed Stephen building is to become 27 serviced apartments to be operated by the hotel, while two additional B-listed buildings will be converted to … [Read more...] about Aberdeen hospital to become second Scotsman Hotel
A number of visitors braved cold weather and light rain to participate in the second ‘Day of Pho’ in Hanoi on Wednesday. Day of Pho, or Pho Day (December 12), was an event held by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper in celebration of the iconic Vietnamese dish which has won over diners worldwide. Following the inaugural event in Ho Chi Minh City in 2017, this year’s Pho Day was organized at AEON MALL Long Bien in Hanoi, the widely accepted ‘birthplace’ of pho. By 9:00 am, popular pho stores and brands in the Vietnamese city, including Thin Bo Ho, Vuong, Hung Ben, and Hai Thien had already had their booths at the event ready, with all ingredients, from slices of beef and noodles to the vegetables pho is served with and the herbs needed to prepare its unique broth. Located just opposite these booths were those displaying pho spices and herbs and a special area showcasing the process of making a bowl of pho. A small exhibition on the process to … [Read more...] about Lifestyle Visitors taste pho in cold, rainy weather at Day of Pho in Hanoi Visitors set up tents as hotels fully booked in Da Lat during Tet holiday
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 7, 2019 / 1:46 AM GMT / Updated 4:24 AM GMT By Daniel Arkin The rollicking Freddie Mercury biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the race-relations comedy "Green Book" won top movie honors at the 76th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night, capping off a loose and sometimes goofy ceremony that largely shied away from political barbs. FX's Cold War spy drama "The Americans" and Netflix's buddy comedy "The Kominsky Method" nabbed the top TV honors. The ceremony kicked off on a characteristically loose and boozy note Sunday night, with co-hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh gently ribbing stars and tossing out goofy one-liners. But the opening monologue was not without a few earnest moments. Oh, the first Asian woman to co-host the Globes, tipped her hat to the diversity among the nominees and the push for greater inclusivity in Hollywood. … [Read more...] about ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ‘Green Book’ win top film prizes at Golden Globes