|The famous Merlion that holds pride of place in Singapore|
ORCHARD ROAD SHOPPINGWhen we booked our trip we made sure our hotel was right in the centre of things and Orchard Road with all its shopping seemed to be the best choice - little did we know that almost every shop within walking distance stocked designer clothes, shoes and handbags that left us feeling a little lightheaded when we checked the price tags! Still we managed to find some lovely little shops and cafes in between to spend our tourist dollars on. You can't come home empty handed!
|In the shopping district of Orchard Road - The Ion and me with some 'friends'|
BOTANIC GARDENSWe had a little wander through the Botanic Gardens - my mum is a lover of orchids and all those beautiful, hard to grow flowers, so she was in her element. The steamy climate certainly does wonders for these plants and everywhere plants were thriving. The "Gardens By The Bay" hadn't been finished when we were there (that's why they were top of my list when I went back this time!)
|My mum wandering through the gardens and a few of the beautiful orchids that grew everywhere|
MARINA SANDSNo visitor to Singapore could miss the Marina Bay Sands Hotel as it stands out from the skyline when you look across the city. We took an evening riverboat cruise and the lit up Marina Sands stood out like a beacon. As a special treat, Mum took me to the restaurant at the very top (next to the infinity swimming pool!) and then we took in the views after dinner.
|The Marina Bay Sands Hotel at night and the view from the balcony at the top the next day|
SENTOSA ISLANDVisiting Sentosa Island with my 70 year old Mum was very relaxing. We took a package deal including a ride over in a cable car, a visit to the museum, a visit to the aquarium/dolphins and we finished off with the Songs of the Sea show where there is a story projected onto water spray above a little pretend village on stilts over the sea. It was sensational and finished with a lovely fireworks display - what more could we ask for?
|Me sitting in the cable car as we headed over to Sentosa and an image from Songs of the Sea|
So there you have my brief-ish travelogue of Singapore - so much to see and do and I could go again and find even more interesting sights to see. I'll be going back one day and taking my husband with me so I see a different side of things - he's a do-er and not a shopper so he might make me more adventurous! (Famous last words weren't they? I certainly burned through a few more calories going with him than I did with my Mum!)