Friday, September 11, 2009

Photo of the Week - Raffles Hotel (Singapore)

In the midst of a skyline of glassy, towering skyscrapers, this quaint colonial relic tries to preserve the times of yesteryear. Especially grand at night, visitors flock to the colonial Long Bar with wicker chairs and elegant bartenders for the over-priced syrupy Singapore Slings and a chance to shamelessly throw peanut shells on the floor. If you close your eyes, it is easy to believe that you could be enjoying afternoon tea as the owner of a tea plantation. By contrast, the Writer’s Bar is an elegant, regal affair that summons the memories of authors past, including Rudyard Kipling, James Michener and Joseph Conrad.


Barbara @ Hole In The Donut Travels said...

This is SO strange, but when I was in Singapore I never SAW the Raffles Hotel. Of course, I know of it - I just never came across it! Wish I had thought to hunt it down. I would loved to sit in the bar and try to call forth the spirits of Michener and Kipling.

Glennia said...

That's one of the hotels on my list. I've read about it for years. We've traveled all over Asia, but not to Singapore yet.

Dominique said...

This post almost made it feel like I was there!
The Writers' Bar sounds lovely.

jessiev said...

beautiful photo! i want to go!!

Mark H said...

@barbara: That is amazing that you didn't see it. Maybe hiddent by all those towering skyscrapers.

@glennia: Wonderful city for a couple of days. Check out the impressive zoo and superb food when you are there.

@dominique: Thank you

@jessiev: You'll get there.

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