Botanic Gardens & Orchard Rd. vicinity
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Being my 3rd full day in Singapore, I wanted to see more of what the city had to offer. For a change, I thought I would take in some of the modern cultural and commercial scene. I walked from the Gallery Hotel to Fort Canning Park, up a serious set of stairs and towards Orchard Rd. It's not difficult to find a road, all you have to do is ensure you're not travelling parallel to it. Passing through two parks was a wonderful way to begin the day. Once on Orchard Rd., I procured a cup of coffee and proceeded to take in the 'sights'. It was a pleasant enough walk. I found the Hard Rock Cafe and various other tourist magnets. Continuing on, I came upon the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
A morning (or day) at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a wonderful experience.
When I decided to move on, I retraced my steps to Orchard Rd., stopping off to purchase some pins (gifts for a friend in The States) at the Hard Rock Cafe. As it was now early afternoon, I decided to take the MRT back towards my hotel, in order to drop off my purchase, after which I would have a pint or two and cool down.
I found Penny Black to be the perfect remedy for what ailed me. Penny Black is a lovely establishment overlooking the river. Styled after a traditional English pub, it did more than a fair job of achieving the desired effect. The British expats at the next table contributed to the 'authentic feel'. ;) While recuperating at Penny Black, I watched as a storm approached and thought it best to wend my way 'home'. I didn't get far before the rain came. Taking advantage of the opportunity presented (which had become a downpour) I ducked into the next promising establishment I encountered: Brewerkz.
Still to come: An interesting dining experience, 1 of 6 brewpubs