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... famous sights in Malacca is, the A'Famosa or the remains of Porta De Santiago built in 1511. Behind this is St. Paul's Hill where the ruins of the St. Pauls Church are located. After coming back down the Hill I walked back down to the area I started calling the "Red Square" which is really the Christ Church area built by the Dutch in the late 1700's. All the buildings in the Square are red with white shutters making it look very unique and different in that area of Malacca. It ...
... I was in an old yet well maintained stainless steel carriage powered by a grimy 1980s diesel locomotive dawdling along at a notch between "three-toed sloth" and "garden snail". The countryside also very much reminded me of the Sunshine State - endless plantations framed by snaggled witch's-teeth jungle mountains shrouded in mist in the distance.
But while the plantations in Queensland are usually for sugar cane and sometimes bananas or pineapples, here they're palm oil ...
... let me describe my visit to one of the oldest forts. The historical center of the city, near the Dutch Square, is where I found St. John's HIll. Surrounding the hill are the ruins of the Portuguese fortress.
A little history for you
The Portuguese started establishing outposts in Macau, China, and India, early in the 16th century. They wanted to have a string of ports for their ships to run routes on between China and Portugal. Melaca was a growing place ...
... small-town. Teenagers provided most of the entertainment. They allowed the crowd to press right up against the stage once it got close to midnight. Our favorite moment, however, was the 12:02 a.m. countdown.
While some people watched what was happening on stage in Melaka, others in the crowd (like us, who couldn't understand what was being said onstage anyway) watched the live feed on screen. At 11:59 p.m., Kuala Lumpur began its countdown, and ...
... We walked into the town, and then walked around and around trying to find somewhere with cheap light bites. Finally came across a pub/cafe on the corner, the stop was needed as well as water. It was Malaysia Day and the town was very busy, like everybody had come here to get out of town for the day. A good introduction to the town. I got a lovely chicken sandwich for lunch and Ed had got a veg curry with naan bread, after lunch we explores some more and got an ice cream ...
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