Butterfly Farm and Pewtering
06.08.2010 34 °C
At Penang we split the group so we could cover as much as possible of the city. Anne and Susan went to the largest Buddist Temple in Penang which had heaps of steps for them to test their fitness (still haven't used the lift on the ship). After the Temple they went to the Botanical Gardens which were very busy, the gardens were set in a tropical rainforest and was lovely. From there they went to the Pewter shop and had to find their Visa cards - oopps not sure if I should have said that!!. On the way back to the ship they called into the Fort for some photos and then shopping - which consisted of sampling Penang Cocktails - some passangers just can't wait until the 6.30 cocktail ritual.
Laura and Aileen went to the Butterfly farm via the Reclining Budda Temples, we had our photos taken and light candles so time will tell if our "Good Luck" will happen sooner or later!! From the Temples we visited the Batik Factory which was just lovely, very very tempted, but time just didn't allow the Visa card to be shown., what beautiful fabric and garments. The butterfly farm was amazing - we also saw other exotic animals eg snakes, reptiles, lizards, etc. We experienced a few showers of rain, but didn't dampen spirits. We were planning to shop in the afternoon at the mall, but instead we had the most exciting time and wouldn't swap the experience for the world. We hired a tuk-tuk or trishaw for 2 and half hours and had the most amazing time travelling around the city, visiting the mansion, temples, museum, fishing village and many other sights of the City - we got a great taste of Malaysian culture. Our tuk-tuk driver was fantasitc, very knowledgable, good English and thankfully fit. He was wiping his brow throughout the trip, but the entertainment was when we had to get off the tuk-tuk for our visits to the sights. Too many experiences and laughs to go into detail, but would have it on the top of our list when we visit again.
Cocktail evening finished off an amazing day as we recounted our different experiences during the day.