Friday, November 4, 2011
On Saturday we travelled down to Melaka for a couple of nights. Our hotel looked over KG Morten which is a typical Malaysian village. We did a cruise on this river - was a bit smelly!
Whilst in Malaysia there was a big Indian festival. This decoration done with rice was in the hotel foyer.
On Sunday we decided to use the trishaw as a means of transport - we actually needed 2 as the seats were rather small - or were our seats rather large???
Wayne in front of me - the trishaws were hired to take us to the ferry but the men came back and collected us and took us around for the rest of the day. Much easier than walking in the heat and they went fast enough to create a bit of breeze - not an easy way to earn a living!
We visited the King's Palace which is now a museum.
Not a typical Malaysian lunch but very nice anyway.
We had a stop over for a few days in Malaysia on our way home. We stayed at The Traders Hotel and had a lovely room on the 31st floor. This was our view of the Twin Towers at night.
And in the daytime.
This park is between Twin Towers and Traders - the pool in the distance had lots of fountains playing at different times.
The cruise being over we did a quick tour of Athens on our way to the airport. This, of course, included a walk around The Acropolis - here is a photo of 2 of the columns without the crowds of people!!Part of Athens from the Acropolis.
Mykonos is a beautiful Greek Island and, I must say, one of the cleanest parts of Greece that I've seen.I walked through the town and eventually found my way to the windmills.
Crete was different to what I expected - I was really interested in going there as my father was on the last ship to escape before the Germans occupied the island in WWII.
We did a tour to the Lassithi Plateau which meant driving up yet more mountains! The Plateau is where a lot of the produce is grown and has numerous little villages dotted throughout.
Our first stop was part way up the mountain at the Monastery of the Panayia Kera where there was a service taking place. It was very interesting to go into the monastery after the priest had finished and see the way the people were worshipping.
This is a shrine just outside the main building.And the view from the monastery. Apparently there are only nuns in residence but what a lovely view.
We stopped for a snack at a restaurant and this is one of the windmills for which the area is famous - unfortunately there are not many left in their original state as they have been left to the elements.
This was my birthday and turned out to be quite an adventure. We sailed up the inlet and arrived at Kotor. The weather looked threatening but we were hopeful. Wayne and I were doing a bus tour up the mountain and down the other side!!! What they hadn't told us was that the roads were quite narrow and had 26 hairpin bends on the way up - and the rest wasn't very straight. Quite a lot of reverse driving was undertaken to enable other cars and buses to pass. Because of the traffic and the weather we were unable to get out of the bus to take photos so it was a little difficult at times. I might have got a few more if I'd looked at the view instead of the reverse driving of the buses!!! It rained for about 3 hours and included hail and thunderstorms which echoed around the mountains. We did stop for lunch at the top. On the way down there was flooding in the streets. But it did stop when we returned to Kotor which gave us a chance to wander around the old city.
This is looking down on Kotor and our ship (the black one) from part way up the mountain before the rain came.
And looking over the other side this is the airport!! I think I would rather sail in.