A day in Melaka

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Melaka was a must  for me visiting Malaysia.   Melaka was previosly known as Malacca.  The goverment has set the standard as "Melaka" for all official use.

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.

Perched midway in the Straits of Melaka, is a state that is abundantly rich, not just in natural resources but also history and folklore.
City centre with its chartacteriztic red houses.
  Melaka is where it all began.

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.

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Paul's Hill.  The design is based on the description of the palace from the sixteenth-century 'Malay Annals,' or 'Sejarah Melayu.'  It is the only building of its kind in Malaysia, and it provides a rare glimpse of the ancient Malay kingdom that once flourished here.  The palace houses the Malacca Cultural Museum, which includes many artifacts of that kingdom. .

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.

This old men were proude to present their city to us.
  We walked along hillocks that have tales to tell, of warware and treachery, romance and heartbreak.  Passing a small bridge, we looked into the rivers mud and cauth sigt of some ugly fishes.  Not for the dinner table our guides told us.

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.

Nice, isn`t he?
  My sister went to Mc Donald for a cup of coffe, telling me that she had a slight headace.  My friend Tove followed me inn, and prefered to stand at the highest point of the farm insisting that she could see the reptils from where she was standing, but I realiced that she did`n wear her glasses.  Ok I thougt I can go by myself, using my camere frequency.

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.

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City centre with its chartacterizt…
City centre with its chartacteriz…
St. Pauls church
St. Pauls church
This old men were proude to presen…
This old men were proude to prese…
Nice, isn`t he?
Nice, isn`t he?
Stadthuis
Stadthuis
From the Dutch periode
From the Dutch periode
Door painting
Door painting
A helping hand
A helping hand
We were invited in
We were invited in
Nice 80 years lady
Nice 80 years lady
In the river mud
In the river mud
Malaysia is celebrating 50 years i…
Malaysia is celebrating 50 years …
Sharp theet
Sharp theet
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