So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye.

So the sign in the restroom on the boat said “Don’t flush noodles down the toilet”. Obviously an amazing past time that I have never been privy (ouch!) to.
One thing that has struck me about this hotel “swissotel”, apart from the refurb needed bathroom, is that the lifts have a modern update in that in order to go up you need your room card. The same was true of the Hotel in Wellington, the Rydges, where Mary saw the New Zealand cricket team. Good luck chaps.

Mary bought some new sun glasses first thing. Her other pair having vanished somewhere between here and Melbourne. And that kinda fixed the day, the sun never came out. We got to the botanical gardens. Just wonderful and the Orchid House being just out of this world. And then the heavens opened and in Singapore you do get proper rain and thunder!

The gardens were definitely for doing 'stuff'.
The gardens were definitely for doing ‘stuff’.

 

Thank goodness for 'red' fans!
Thank goodness for ‘red’ fans!
This was a cannonball tree.
This was a cannonball tree.

 

Chopin and a lady presented by the people of Poland, to Singapore. Malcolm in the distance resting that knee!
Chopin and a lady presented by the people of Poland, to Singapore. Malcolm in the distance resting that knee!

So we headed for a restaurant for lunch. The guy in charge tried to call a taxi but because of the rain, just like any major city they were all terribly busy. He very kindly gave us two of those crazy plastic ‘event’ waterproofs like Glastonbury and we walked until we found a taxi to retreat to the hotel.

When it rains it rains.
When it rains it rains.

 

Even the birds came indoors!
Even the birds came indoors!
So many flowers.
So many flowers.
A wonderful fashion statement.
A wonderful fashion statement.
Just SO many.
Just SO many.

 

There may be a complete book of flowers let alone the 'holiday' snaps.
There may be a complete book of flowers let alone the ‘holiday’ snaps.

So there we have it. Thanks to Martin and Sylvia, Keith Warren and dear John McEvoy who all made us SO welcome on our great adventure. We shall post our last blog on Friday folks, with a kind of round up of what was what and also how our last night went. If we get some decent pictures of the amazing sights just near the hotel. It has been great that so many of you have followed us. The thought of a 14 hour flight is a little daunting but hopefully the beauty of the cabin crew will help the time pass and of course the beauty of my travelling companion sitting next to me will really help. Hopefully the layout will be the same as the plane coming here, so unlike Virgin and New Zealand airlines, you can sit next to one another and look out of the window, sharing thoughts. When you embark on such a trek as we have, you never know if you will get on with your travelling partner for that length of time but thankfully we have and Mary deserves a gold star, forget all those early explorers, as the best city navigator ever to enter streets and highways never before seen or visited. She really has been my Captain James Cook on this incredible journey of ours.
So long and thanks for all the fish. (And chips!)
M & M

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Malcolm and Mary

Malcolm worked for LWT. Mary worked for TRL. They live near Camberley in Surrey and did achieve their life long ambition to visit New Zealand. They have two daughters Laura and Hannah and two grandchildren Zach & Safi. Having done the big trip they then went to Canada, which was amazing. Scroll down it’s all here. They have visited Venice that they both so fell in love with in 2009 again. And recently returned to Lefkada for one week in glorious sunshine. Where next? Well, Canada is calling again in 2019; this time including Alaska. So stay tuned if you enjoy the ups and downs of travelling.

6 thoughts on “So long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Goodbye.”

  1. Well, all good things must come to an end!! Shame about the rain but that’s what makes such beautiful flowers. Yes Mary, you need to do a book just on your flower photos, they’ve been lovely. Being chief navigator on our trips, I would have to say that women are definitely best in that role!!! Have a restful journey back home.

    1. We keep wondering how lovely the last lot would have looked with a bit of sun on them. But even without that they do look pretty cute. Maybe we just devote a whole section to flora and fauna. P.S. We only saw two kangaroos in Australia, and unfortunately both of them were dead by the side of the road. They take up a lot more space than a dead rabbit on the hogs back does!
      M & M

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