En-route to Kolkata, formally known as Calcutta by the British; we had 3 nights in the Amada Hotel Singapore and met up with our ex-Sydney neighbours Alison and Christopher, who currently live in Penang. What a good catch-up; full of laughs, good food, one or two (maybe 3) G & T’s at various places including the rooftop bar of Marina Bay Sands Hotel.
|Singapore from the Skybar|
The sightseeing high spot for me in Singapore was definitely the magnificent Gardens by the Bay. This is 101 hectares of stunning award winning gardens on reclaimed land with waterfront views.
|Supertrees - 25-30metres tall theses are iconic tree like vertical gardens.|
|Lovely touches in the flower dome|
|The theme in the flower dome was Japan & Cherry blossoms|
|Walking in the clouds.|
In the cloud forest full of diverse vegetation from tropical highlands
|Chris & Alison having fun|
|One of the fabulous brass figures in the flower dome|
|MV Ganges Voyager 1|
|Our lovely cabin|
|The village kids loved having their photo taken|
|Early morning yoga on the sundeck|
|Time to totally relax|
|Pre-dinner cocktails in the cabin|
|Relaxing in the Govenor's lounge|
Historic Kolkata is the commercial capital of East India. There are 4.5 million residents within the city limits and 15.7 million in the metropolitan area. It is the 13th most populous urban area in the world. During our Kolkata excursions we visited what is known as ‘Mother House’. This in the Missionaries of Charity holy place founded by Mother Teresa in 1950 and where she died in 1997. There is a permanent exhibition of her life in a small interesting museum as well as her simple tomb. It is still an active charity and we visited the Mother Teresa’s orphanage ShishBhavan or Children’s Home nearby
|Entrance to the Mother House|
|Mother Teresa's Tomb|
The flowers were arranged to read; Jesus is my only love.
|St Johns Church|
|Memorial to those who died in the Black Hole of Calcutta|
We road in rickshaws through towns and village centres, we visited important and historic landmarks and buildings, churches, the amazing Terracotta temples of Kalna, the Mosque and tomb of Zafar Khan Gazi, Serampore College and the oldest university in India. Even enjoyed the final of two local cricket teams along the river bank. John was invited to commentate, the locals were very excited.
|Cricket final - dogs, excited kids running free on the field and the game goes on.|
|John commentating on the game.|