A day in Melaka
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Melaka has an International airport at Batu Berendam but, there's no flight from KLIA.
Malacca is located on the West Coast of Peninsular Malaysia facing the Straits of Malacca, about 144 kilometres from Kuala Lumpur between the states of Negeri Sembilan and Johor. The journey from KL is, by car, about 2 hours.
Melaka has provided the stage on which the Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English played their roles in shaping history, and all ower the city you can see traces after the earlier colony masters.
Today, Melaka posesses a charm that is all its own with the red houses on the centre of the city.
On top of St. Paul's Hill is the St. Paul's Church, once the prayer house of the Portuguese Catholics, then turned into burial ground for their noble dead by the Dutch. The tombstones have Latin and Portuguese inscriptions on them. St. Francis Xavier was buried here in 1553 before his body was moved to Goa in India.
A replica of the Melaka Sultanate palace was reconstructed at the foot of St.
The Stadthuys (1650) was the official residence of the Dutch Governor. It now houses the Historic Museum and Ethnography Museum which has many traditional bridal costumes and relics on display. Nearby, you will also find the Christ Church built in 1753, another fine example of the Dutch architecture
We hail two trishaws for a ride along little streets that wind through a colourful mishmash of architectural styles. The peddlers were old men, who tould us about Melakas history.
We were so lucky to be invited in to an 80 years old lady who showed us her hous, and was very proud of her ansisters. Loots of family portrets to see.
Its historical influences have bequeathed Melaka with a mixture of people and cultures, all of whom contribute to the charm of this city. Melaka is also a treasure trove of activities and nature pursuits. This historical city is without a doubt well wourth a visit.
Driving back to Kuala Lumpur, we passed Melaca Reptil Farm, and among the reptils there were lots of crocodills. I demanded my sister to stop the car, I wanted to see the farm.
Back in my sisters apartment I connected my camera to her television, and almost frighten the water of Siri and Tove when I turned it on. I was not a special popular person that evening.