It's Day 4 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, in which I'm focusing on overseas destinations I've visited.
Georgetown (Penang), Malaysia, January 1989
The last year we lived in Japan, Mike and I spent our Christmas holidays in Singapore and Malaysia. Georgetown is a city in Penang, which is an island (and a state) in the northern part of Malaysia. It's also a transportation hub for the huge tourist hub that is Penang.
|Cathay Hotel, Georgetown, Malaysia|
|Kuan Yin Teng temple|
|Railway up to the top of Penang Hill|
|View from the Bellevue Hotel, on a cloudy day (not my photo)|
|Kek Lok Si temple (with the pagoda)|
|Too many turtles|
|Goddess of Mercy|
Then back into town where we had Chinese food for dinner and took a trishaw back to our hotel through the busy streets. According to my journal, Mike clung to my hand tightly as we were whisked through the busy streets. Then all of a sudden--our trishaw driver ran into a motorcycle that had stopped suddenly, which ran into another motorcycle. No damage was done, but to hear the tone of their voices you'd have thought there'd been a major accident! The trishaw driver gave the motorcycle drivers a piece of his mind. (Both of us have blocked this incident out of our memory, although it came back to me when I read about it.) We were relieved to finally reach our hotel. At the end of our time in Georgetown, we were ready to head for the beach the next day.
|Trishaw in Georgetown|
Grantchester is a small village on the river Cam, and home of the wonderful Orchard Tea Garden. The village is said to have the highest concentration of Nobel prize winners, most of whom are affiliated with the University of Cambridge.
|On the banks of the Cam|
We've spent many an afternoon in the Orchard over the years, enjoying our tea!
|A spot of tea with honey (not really...)|
|My parents and mother-in-law sitting on the river in Grantchester|
|Mom having tea and relaxing in the Orchard|
Gulliver's Land, England, 2004
Gulliver's Land is a cute amusement park near Milton Keynes, and we spent a day there when we visited in 2004. It tends to be geared more for the younger set (they cater for ages 2 to 13), so it was perfect for our kids' ages at the time. It reminded me a bit of our Enchanted Forest in Salem, Oregon, but it had more rides.
|Kieran riding a little cart|
|One-year-old Kieran with his cousin Victoria, waiting for the train|
|On the merry-go-round with Grandma England|
|On a ride|
|On the merry-go-round one more time!|
You can check out A-F here. Tomorrow is Asia and England once again!