Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Dream of Old Malacca

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In 1883, the celebrated author and explorer, Isabella Lucy Bird had this to say about her extended sojourn in Malacca, to which she had decided to wend her trans-continental journey, on a whim: “Malacca fascinates me more and more daily. … Continue reading

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Majestic Hotel, Malacca

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Malacca doesn’t have a Grand Hotel per se, but it does have Majestic Hotel, which is almost as historic, and has been recently refurbished so it recalls these other Grand Hotels in the region. The “peranakan” or mixed architecture of … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour XI – Traços Portugueses: Malacca, Malaysia

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Malacca is the first European colony, and the most colonised city in Southeast Asia, having been taken over by the Portuguese in 1511, and having had not just one colonial master, but three (the Dutch from 1641, and the British … Continue reading

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58th St – Stonehenge 2058 (2nd Ave to Sutton Place)

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This is the location for a sci-fi flick.  The world in the movie is set in an alternate universe, where a nuclear bomb has exploded, and mankind survives in a few isolated settlements.  New York City is NOT one of … Continue reading

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58th St – Auf France (Madison to 2nd Aves)

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This part of the street feels like somewhere in France or Germany.  There is stunning contemporary architecture, public art, lovely sidewalks and street intersections, and a proliferation of boutique stores selling furniture and all sorts of beautiful things from Europe.  … Continue reading

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58th St – POP (5th to Madison Aves)

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This is quite literally, the most fabulous and fashionable square in NYC.  You got the Plaza Hotel. You got Bergdorf Goodman.  You got 5th Avenue.  You even got Apple and its transparent cube! Naturally, the imaginary movie here is conceived … Continue reading

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58th Street – Park Place (Broadway to 5th Ave)

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This is the location for an opulent period costume drama, set at the turn of the 19th century.  Titled Park Place it revolves around the lives and intrigues of one wealthy merchant family. Inspired by the novels of Henry James … Continue reading

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