We are on the bus back to Singapore now after a packed full day of sight seeing and exploring Melaka. We definitely made the most of our time there and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had breakfast at our hotel in the morning before heading out and unfortunately it was raining but we had our umbrellas so we were fine. We decided it would be a good idea to visit 'The History and Ethnography Complex' first because of the rain. This is essentially a Museum that has a lot of amazing history and intriguing things to see and learn.
From there we walked to 'St. Pauls Church' which is a famous landmark and has an incredible amount of history behind it. It was originally built by a Portugueuse Captain in 1951 as the small 'Our Lady of the Hill Chapel'. It is a fine testament to Catholicism in East Asia and you can see stunning views of Melaka from the summit of 'Bukit St. Paul'. After many alterations it eventually ended up as a storehouse for gunpower. The church has been in ruins for more than 150 years but the setting is beautiful, the walls are imposing and the fine old tombstones stand around the interior.
We ended up coming across another Museum complex called 'Complex Muzium Maritim' (Maritime Museum Complex) so we had a look through this. Part of the Museum is housed in a huge re-creation of the 'Flora de la Mar', a Portuguese ship that sank off the coast of Melaka while trying to transport Malaysian treasures to Europe. This was a real highlight and the Naval Museum in the building next door had many more absorbing exhibits.
We decided we would do a River Cruise after this so we could see some more of the city and from a different perspective and it was well worth it. By now the rain had pretty much stopped and it was just overcast but still very humid and warm for the rest of the day so that was good. The River Cruise was about 45 minutes and by the time we got back we were ready to find somewhere to have a late lunch.
We strolled back to Chinatown and ended up at an authentic Chinese restaurant called 'Famosa'. It was super cheap but very delicious and we tried a couple of things we haven't ever had before. We had a wee look at some of the shops in Chinatown and I ended up spotting a really neat top that had an old vintage print on it so I bought this as a momento of Melaka. It doesn't have much relevance to Melaka apart from the fact I bought it there but we are not into the souvenir things and it was cheap and different.
Little India was where we wanted to visit next and we had a good walk around the streets there. Then it was time to head back to the hotel to grab our bag and catch a taxi to Melaka Sentral (the Bus Depo). We caught the 6:00pm bus and it seems to have been a quicker trip than on the way so far so we will hopefully be back in Singapore at about 10:00pm. We won't be long to bed when we get back to Dave and Vanessa's because we are off to Universal Studios on Sentosa Island with them tomorrow. Should be heaps of fun!