More humid than KL
Trip Start May 23, 2011
40Trip End Jan 14, 2012
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Where I stayed
The Royal Bintang
What I did
Day trip to Melacca
After our 9:30am departure it took us almost 2.5 hours to get there, he drove so slowly (talked so much) I almost asked to take over the wheel
Malacca really appealed to me. I love the friendly people and the narrow streets full of all sorts of shops. It seemed more humid than KL, I guess that's because it's on the coast - the Malacca Straits - viewable from a few vantage points we visited. After stopping by the oldest Catholic Church in Malaysia, we walked around the Dutch square in front of Christ Church Malacca. We then climbed to the top of the hill to view the grave site of St Francis Xavier in the ruins of the St Francis Xavier Church. It has a lighthouse in front with stairs that Miranda simply couldn't resist to climb - not far though, fortunately they were blocked off.
We were taken to lunch at a local restaurant, eating mainly Chinese dishes. The Malaysian culture is a harmonious blend of Muslim / Hindu / Chinese, signified at the welcoming gates into Malacca by three structures representing the religions/cultures. After lunch we walked around Harmony Street and the surrounding area. Harmony Street is a true gem, with the two oldest Mosques and a Chinese temple located in this street. As Friday prayer had just finished, the street was full of Muslim men returning to their daily routine. It was in this street we finally found our new hats. We've been searching for two days through all the markets and shops and couldn't find just what we were looking for. I said to Miranda, be patient, we'll find them. Day three and we have success. A little further down the street we found the grooviest coffee shop with the machine setup in the back of a combi and the dining tables on the other side of the dining room (see photos). Before we turned a corner out of the street we gravitated to a shop stocked full of rugs and trinkets from the Kashmir area of India. The guy running the shop was very friendly, so we stopped to chat. The shop was full of hand-made jewellery, predominantly necklaces and earrings. Miranda was fascinated, so he helped her make a set of earrings for herself. We must have spent well over half an hour creating and talking. He gifted Miranda's creation to her. We left without spending a cent. His brother Khalid operates the shop with him, however the remainder of his family is in Kashmir. They own a houseboat which they rent out. Sounds fantastic. After listening to all the stories of the area, I now want to visit... and do the houseboat thing :-) Any takers? (see photo of the business cards)
On the return journey we stopped off at a fruit shop to sample local delicacies
With a short pit-stop on the way home, we arrived at our hotel around 6:30pm. Local roadside shopping is inexpensive. I paid around AUD0.33 each for bottled water and a small pack of dry roasted peanuts. Surprisingly the bottled water is the same price in the tourist shops too.
As I type this, M has taken herself off to do the buffet breakfast, I'm not that hungry and I've yet to gym. Can't eat before exercise. Before she left, she telephone a girl (Betty from Shanghai, China) in room 505 and has setup a 10:30am swimming date! They met in the pool on Thursday night, her family arrived at the hotel that day. Not sure how long they're staying.
We aren't venturing out this morning as we are doing a tour of the Batu Caves and other sights this afternoon. We're being collected at around 1:30pm and should be back early evening.