Today we are fortunately in a port where the city is close by. No need for shuttle busses or taxis. This is an active port with large ferries coming and going along with other cruise ships. As a result the MS Rotterdam has to tender us in. But later in the day the ship will dock, swapping places with Crystal Symphony!
Besides the persistent taxi drivers offering rides the old city is very walkable. Directly near the port is an old fort with a large park beside it. We are looking for free or affordable Wi-Fi as well as the usual good food. It being Sunday a lot of places were closed but once we arrived in Little India and Chinatown things were much livelier.
We stopped at a shop called Sam’s Collections, 159 Penang Road. A HUGE selection of India style clothing for women and a good selection for men. Some bargaining is possible but not to the level in Indonesia. We met a few fellow passengers who have been coming to this shop for years. As we leave, Pat spots someone eating fresh pineapple. For 1R ($.030) she got a couple of chunks for herself. Very tasty.
We found a traditional food market and then a clothing market along Jalang Penang. As always these are fascinating places to wander through. Not only was clothing and cloth on offer, there were also men working sewing machines making clothing on the spot.
Heading back to the ship we pass a bistro called Kaffa Kafe. It was crowded inside but there was an outside table waiting for us. Besides the very good food there was free high speed internet. That allowed us to upload 5 large blog entries while eating. And the timing was excellent because shortly after sitting down is started to pour. By the time we wanted to leave the rain had stopped.
Some sights from the walk back to port: