Ipoh Heritage Trail

Recently, I joined a group of photographers (about a dozen or so of them) from the Kuala Lumpur Photography Club for a road trip to Ipoh. We set off from Kuala Lumpur on a Sunday morning, scheduling to meet up in Old Town White Coffee situated in Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh for breakfast before starting out on our photowalk.

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Kuan Yin Temple, Klang

The Kuan Yin Temple in Klang (State of Selangor, Malaysia), was built around 1982, and is reputedly one of the oldest temple in Malaysia. It was nearly demolished due to its dilapidated condition caused by extensive termites infestation but was saved by the Sultan of Selangor, who declared it a state heritage site.

The rebuilding of the temple was carried out around the year 2000 and was financed by wealthy chinese (mostly from Klang) and most of the masonry works and carvings were carried out by workmen and artisans brought over from China.

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Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is an area in south central England, of predominantly rural landscape with rolling hills and picturesque small towns and villages built of cotswold stone, a type of yellow jurassic limestone.

Popular cotswolds towns consisting of historical stone-built villages, stately homes and gardens include Burford, Bourton-on-the-water, Stow-on-the-wold, Chipping, Moreton-in-marsh and various others.

We joined a day tour with VIATOR, departing from Victoria Coach Station, London at about 8.30am. The tour includes lunch and visits to the market towns of Burford, Bourton-on-the-water and Stow-on-the-wold.

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Volendam & Haarlem

VOLENDAM

Volendam – is a seaside town about an hours drive from Amsterdam. There is a ferry service between Volendam and a nearby island (peninsula). Along the waterfront are many souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants and even a cheese factory. There are also a few stores selling seafood such as herrings (my favourite seafood in the Netherlands).

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Strasbourg

Strasbourg is situated on the eastern border of France and Germany and is the official seat of the European Parliament. After a relaxing less than two hours drive from Sembach (Germany), with our car parked at Strasbourg Railway Station and a quick lunch there, we were ready to explore this beautiful town.

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Sembach

Whoever have heard of Sembach? Very few people have I am sure. But this is where we went, to catch up with an old friend who married a local german girl and had stayed there for more than forty years. It is about a five and a half hours drive from Amsterdam.

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Budapest

Budapest, the capital of Hungary, has a history of more than a thousand years. It came into being at the end of the 19th century when the three cities Pest, Buda and Óbuda merged.

Apart for being known for its thermal baths, there are also plenty of other attractions such as the expansive Buda Castle, the majestic Charles Bridge, the Jewish quarters, the Fisherman’s Bastion and of course the Danube river.

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