The warm, damp aroma of old stonework mouldering in the tropical heat:
The Odeon, Penang, once a J.Arthur Rank-owned cinema, completed in 1947 and originally looking as though it could equally have belonged in suburban London. At some point since, probably in the 1960s, it was modernised and today it shows Hindi films:
Another merchant's house, this one converted to a hotel at some pooint in the 1930s-40s and with an incongruous Art Deco staircase:
By mid-afternoon, it had all become rather too hot to venture further, and so we retired to the Eastern & Oriental Hotel where a cooling dip was enjoyed in the very lovely swimming pool:
(Aah - that's better!)
Then we went to the cruise terminal to board Star Cruises' Superstar Libra for a one-night trip to nowhere:
Jonathan nimbly dodges a big red monster:
Originally Norwegian Caribbean Line's Seaward of 1988, the Superstar Libra is an eighties-tastic ship inboard - all blue tinted glass, black glass, marble and polished brass:
After, in the show lounge:
Nurse-themed drinks waiter:
Small Malaysian child with camera photographing a big ship model - she reminded me of a much younger me:
Beer by the bucket: classy.
Advertisement for burlesque show:
Breakfast the next morning:
Arriving back in Penang:
Amusement World at her berth in Penang:
Having disembarked from Superstar Libra, we went on the Penang Hill Funicular up to the old Hill Station:
How the original funicular looked:
Up we go!
The Owl Museum: What kind of twit twood have thought of such a thing?
The Bellevue Hotel, where a rather traditionally British luncheon was enjoyed in a setting of charmingly decayed calm composure:
Preserved old funicular car:
All too soon, I boarded an Emirates plane in Singapore to return home to Scotland. Jonathan - thanks a million for arranging such a first-rate weekend. Splendid stuff.