a discourse of fools

a discourse of fools

a discourse of fools


Just four weeks ago - imagine! - we rejoiced in each fanned breeze and every airconned shiver: Melaka was so very very warm.Todays cold crisp whiteness renders it a distant memory.

(The Dutch Railway, quotes the morning paper: "very few delays due to inclement weather". Now whyever did it take my son three hours - and umpteen trains - to get home from the Hague last night?)

Taken on: 9th December, 2009. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See :lynn:'s page of Flickr

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Midway between the capital cities of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur and at the mouth of the Strait of Melaka, a crucial shipping route connecting the Indian and Pacific oceans, Melaka has been a centre of trade and cultural exchange for more than 600 years.

Established at the beginning of the 14th century, Melaka (also spelt Malacca) was set up by a renagade Hindu Prince by the name of Parameswara (also known as Iskandar Shah). He originally hailed from Palembang on Sumatra, which, at the time was a part of the waning Srivijayan empire. The Srivijayans were slowly being conquered by the growing Majapahit Empire and when they took Palembang, Parameswara packed his bags and headed to Temasek (modern day Singapore).

Parameswara spent the next five years in Temasek, before fleeing (this time at the ... Read our complete Melaka travel guide

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