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... leather embroidered with gold wire?! Seriously, gold wire. They made enough leather to send shipfuls to Arabia and to export to the Middle East. In fact, they made enough to be equal to that one Italian city. It was famous for its cotton textiles you know?”
“Flanders! I only remember because of the character from the Simpson’s honestly.” I clapped my hands, proud that my good memory was still as sharp as ever.
... read SG's diary about our Iranian experiences and she especially wants to see photographs of SG in her 'Iran' kit. We assure her that we intend to return one day and see the places we missed this time around.
*Malaka/ Malacca - the name conjures up spices, exotica and maritime travel. Arab traders brought Islam to Malaka in the 12 Century. By late 14 century Malaka was already an independent kingdom that was considered a centre of learning for Islam. ...
... place was dark and at first I thought I wouldn't be able to get inside but the front door was unlocked and I entered a dark room with an empty reception counter. There was a phone on the counter with a number to ring for assistance. I tried it but the number wouldn't connect. As I was putting the phone down an employee arrived at the desk. I explained that I had a reservation. After giving my name he said I thought I wasn't coming, queried why I ...
... like I've never seen before - even a bit more so than Singapore. In the previous blog I mentioned I'm not so into food, but I realized I'm into food if it's cheap and I wrote that blog in Singapore which is the most expensive city in the world. Malaysia is cheap and here I was happy to eat lots and experience the culture. We read beforehand that in Malaysia people don't ask how you are when you meet them, but "have you eaten yet?" ...
... Finally ceded by British in 1795. There is such a beautiful mix of races and you can clearly see the ancestry in most of the people you meet. I loved the Dutch in heritage of the city, so much reminded me of my Mama and Papa!! We even found their surname in the Dutch Cathedral.
We all loved the sights and booming sounds from the gaudy trishaws boom boxes, such a sight to see.
The coffee, hot and iced, from ...