Four Continents 2012

Singapore: 18-21 August

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  The adventure begins at Sydney airport. Our A380 is towed from its parking position to the gate. *
  Nick getting settled for the flight. *
  When we arrived in Singapore, it was raining heavily and this was the view from our hotel's rooftop bar. †
  It cleared up a bit, and we were able to get to a nearby little restaurant and have some fairly authentic Chinese food. *
  The next day was fine, and we went to Boat Quay and looked at the waterfront on the Singapore River. †
  Cavanagh Bridge: the oldest bridge across the river, and now reserved for pedestrians. *
  But use of the bridge was always restricted. †
  There are bronze statues of Singapore's past along Boat Quay. †
  And going over its edge. *
  There are interesting shops along Boat Quay. *
  And restaurants for every taste, including any British visitors. *
  The symbol of Singapore (at least, according to the tourist brochures) is the Merlion: half lion and half mermaid. *
  Its offspring, the Mercub, is rather more approachable. *
  One of the more extraordinary buildings in Singapore is the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We suspect it was built just because it was possible. *
  The top has palm trees and a swimming pool *
  We preferred rather more traditional hotels, such as the Raffles. *
  Or the Fullerton, near the river, where we had an excellent and not very expensive lunch one day. *
  Or you could see both at once. *
  We visited the Asian Civilizations Museum, with artifacts from all over Asia. *
  One day, we visited the Little India area and saw this typical street scene. †
  There were colourful shops. *
  And a very confused bar with staff in topees and decoration that included tigers, elephants, a black panther, Tarzan and a Native American. But it served a very refreshing lime juice. *
  In the Little India area, we visited the Sri Veeramakaliammam Temple with its typical Hindu decoration. †
  This is said to be the house of the only Chinese merchant to live in little India. *
  Another day, in Chinatown we visited the Sri Mariammam Temple, where we were privileged to see a short service. *
  Decoration on the outside of the Temple. †
  Just down the street was the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. *
  There was much that we did not understand in this Temple, but it was richly decorated. *
  A nearby market street was decorated with paper lanterns. †
  Then it started to rain, and we took refuge in a restaurant. †
  We often travelled in the Singapore MTR, which is clean and efficient. *
  The pedestrian passageway linking Bayfront MTR station with the Marina Bay Hotel. Sydney public transport planner please note the spacious walkway and quality finishes. *
  Under the Marina Bay Hotel is a shopping centre with some remarkable things on display. *
  Inside the shopping centre there is a waterfall. Those seeking a new experience can be paddled round the waterfall in small boats. *
  From above, the waterfall is a swirling whirlpool. Nick took a short movie. *
  Near Marina Bay Sands are the Gardens by the Bay, with some interesting metal sculptures. †
  Perhaps the most interesting are this forest of metal trees. *
  At night, they are lit up. †
  Night view of the Singapore Flyer from Gardens by the Bay. *

From Singapore, we flew with Lufthansa to Frankfurt, then on to Istanbul.


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