Ronald Mc does us in Melaka!

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 16, 2010

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Flag of Malaysia  , Melaka State,
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Melaka is what we had thought Penang would offer. Both are UNESCO heritage sites but Melaka has oodles more charm and for us won hands down in the "true Malaysia" stakes. The buildings are a mixture of Malay, Dutch and British and we were given a detailed explanation by a really interesting bloke in one of the houses that had been renovated and turned into a building construction museum. The house at Heren Street was two stories high and depicted exactly how it would have been modernisation. We stayed in a friendly backpackers that had a food hawker stall nearby that came alive at night offering superb and cheap gastronomic delights. Some of which we recognised as they arrived at our table!

Issy and Ady found a shop that did Batik lessons. Batik is a form of art where linen is stretched onto a canvas and hot oil wax is painted on to form the outline of a design. You then fill in the pattern using ink based dye to layer beautiful colours onto the canvas. They did a brilliant couple of paintings and enjoyed it so much that they went back for more the next day.

We didn't do a great deal in the town other than have a lovely time wandering around taking in the sights of Chinatown and stopping for the odd cafe latte that was available. Having said that, the city has a really nice feel to it and we were pleased to have made a bit of an effort to get there.

Please don’t tell anyone but we also have a confession to make. One late afternoon as the sun had just set we were walking home via the air-conditioned shopping centre, when we were seized by the need to enter the home of the two golden arches. Yes, in a city famed for its diverse eating possibilities, we stuffed a Big Mac and quarter pounder down our throats. Issy had a bap with the processed cheese in it as veggie burgers are unheard of in McDonalds over here. So yes, Ronald McDonald overpowered us and for that we are truly sorry!
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vartika goyal on

Getting nostalgic after seeing your pictures of Melaka/Malacca. The place is such a great mix of old and the new! We spent lovely six years there, just before we moved to Paris.

Olivia Carter on

the batik paintingds are really beautiful!!!! it looks amazing there!!! very chinese!!! i love the picis, they are all really nice!!!xxx

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