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Friends thought we were a bit crazy but it is possible to drive from Singapore to Melaka (or Malacca) in time for lunch. So one Sunday earlier this month having nothing better to do we set off armed with our passports, the Malaysian toll card and a few ringgit. You do need to leave home reasonably early to beat the queues at the Tuas border, then it is around 230km of motorway driving north but well worth the effort to see this UNESCO World Heritage city.

In fact we had time to explore much of the old town before finding somewhere to eat! Here is a flavour of our day from the rather quirky coffee shop we started our tour in to the Portuguese & British colonial buildings and more…

Coffee Can Tree

Coffee Can Tree

Coffee Molecule

Coffee Molecule

Cute Lamp Holder

Cute Lamp Holder

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower

A Reminder of Empires Past

A Reminder of Empires Past

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The Stadhuys –  built by Dutch colonialists

No harbour view due to haze

Sadly no harbour view due to Indonesian haze

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St Paul’s Church on the hill

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St Francis Xavier

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Portuguese ruins

Once Dunlop's  Regional HQ Presumably

Dunlop’s former regional HQ – a gorgeous piece of 1910

Train carriage in the town centre

Train carriage in the town centre

Portuguese Influences

More Portuguese influences

Fat Lizard Lazing

Fat lizard lazing

Chinese Temple

Chinese Temple

Lunch Menu

Finally the lunch menu – great satay