Esplande, Marina Bay and Merlion

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The "Durians" - the Esplanade theatre.
The Esplanade is a cool structure, nicknamed the 'Durians' in Singapore sue to the local fruit they resemble that the natives enjoy so much (though they stink to high heaven and aren't allowed on the MRT). The arts centre is huge, and seemed to cater for everything you could want. It was also air conditioned, which meant a nice break from the humidity and heat.

Marina bay is the link to CBD, with a nice mixture of the old cast iron Fullerton Bridge, and the newer, sweeping Esplanade one. Tourists abounded here, soaking up the sun, culture and coffee in equal measure. It was a nice vibrant place, an obvious attempt at a new architectural style that fitted with the surroundings and had become part of the city.

Looking across the bay was the Merlion statue, a giant fountain guarding the bay, spurting a massive jet of water perpetually out of its mouth. I thought it was pretty huge, (turns out I was wrong on that one), but it makes a good emblam for the "Lion City." Here we caught a traditional bum boat for a ride up the river towards Clarke Quay - a good way to see the change in architectural styles, and the gain a bit of a sense of direction. The boat operators were hardly organised, and we had to wait for half an hour before being allowed onto a boat, but it was a good ride all the same.
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The Durians - the Esplanade thea…
The "Durians" - the Esplanade the…
The Esplanade theatre.
The Esplanade theatre.
The Esplanade theatre with the CBD…
The Esplanade theatre with the CB…
A view of the docks from Esplanade…
A view of the docks from Esplanad…
The Merlion on Marina Bay with the…
The Merlion on Marina Bay with th…
The Esplanade Bridge.
The Esplanade Bridge.
Esplanade Bridge.
Esplanade Bridge.
The CBD viewed from behind the Esp…
The CBD viewed from behind the Es…
My attempt at an arty shot from th…
My attempt at an arty shot from t…
Detail of the Fullerton Bridge.
Detail of the Fullerton Bridge.
The Esplanade viewed from Marina B…
The Esplanade viewed from Marina …
A closer shot of the Esplanade.
A closer shot of the Esplanade.
A panorama from the Fullerton Brid…
A panorama from the Fullerton Bri…
The CBD.
The CBD.
The Merlion fountain.
The Merlion fountain.
Merlion fountain.
Merlion fountain.
The Merlion fountain with naughty …
The Merlion fountain with naughty…
Grrrr Merlion.
Grrrr Merlion.