Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur.........

Leaving Singapore, Queen Elizabeth set a north westerly course through the Malacca Straits, main shipping channel between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean. Over 50,00 vessels pass through the strait per year carrying about 1/4 of the world's traded goods.

Early morning, after embarking a local pilot, QE made her approach to the berth through the 10 nautical mile long channel to Port Kelang.

We were fascinated watching from our starboard balcony as the huge ship was gently maneuvered alongside.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's largest city and known as the 'Garden City', was a hour's drive inland and the high temp. for the day was 93°F and humid, as in most of the places we visited on this voyage.

Kuala Lumpur skyline...................

...............interesting architecture from the coach windows. I wished we'd had time to visit the National Textile Museum, I know I would have loved it!

The old railway station, a flamboyant Moorish-style 1910 building features stately minarets, domes, spires, arches and cupolas.

Hundreds of lamp posts were designed with the national flower, the Hibiscus, shooting from the tops, very impressive and colorful.

A peek through the beautiful gates of the former royal palace, Instana Negara, with hibiscus design in the metal work, and note the tigers on the royal seal.

 The beautiful pool at the National Monument.

As we zipped along I was able to catch glimpses from the coach windows of the colorful dress of the people. The girls were adorable.......

.....this woman caught my eye as she rested in a park.

The KL tower, one of the tallest in the world.  Behind on left, the Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world

The Petronas Towers......definitely not for those who fear heights. Connected by a 750 ton two level skybridge at the 41st and 42nd floors, it is not attached but slides in and out when the buildings sway in high winds to prevent it from breaking!  

My question for today.  How would you like to go to your office up there Monday through Friday?

More later from our next Malaysian port, Georgetown on the island of Penang.


  1. Amazing...those lamp posts were wonderful! No, I don't think I would want to work in those buildings...

  2. Nope, I wouldn't want to work in one of those tall buildings. I don't even like staying very high up in hotels! Call me chicken, but I like staying a bit closer to the ground.

    Beautiful skyline, though.

  3. Wow! Great photos. I love all those buildings, such architecture!

    I would love to visit the towers but not work up there.

    Sft x

  4. What a beautiful city! Those twin towers are kind of scary lookin to me as I don't do heights. Amazing architecture - old and new! Looking forward to more of your trip. Hugs, Pamela

  5. Keep the photos coming, Mary. I love traveling along on this adventure. ~ Sarah

  6. The architecture is simply breathtaking!! I too love the dress of the women and young girls - your pictures are once again wonderful and make one want to travel to these faraway places...ahhh!!

  7. The twin towers reminds me of twin towers that are no more. No I would not like to travel in those building Monday through Friday or anytime. It is fascinating to see ships pull into narrow places and dock.

  8. Incredible architecture! Wow, such a lovely pool with the waterlily "sculptures" and I adore those hibiscus lamp-posts! So fascinating!


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