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. †

 

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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. *

 

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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. †

 

 

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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. †

 

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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. *

 

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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. *

 

 

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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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