Our final day in Singapore, which is a shame because it’s a lovely city. But after almost 3 months on the road, I’m looking forward to going home tomorrow.
I wake up with a bad back; the bed is incredibly hard so maybe I slept at a weird angle trying to get comfy. It hurts so much to bend, that the old man has to help me get dressed.
He sets off to do East Coast parkrun, but I decide I’m not up to it and go back to bed. He returns some time later literally dripping wet. Running in near 28 degree heat is an extremely sweaty business.
Once he has showered, we take a bus into town for one last sightseeing outing, starting with Esplanade Park home of Singapore’s iconic Merlion fountain, although it’s difficult to get very close to it for tourists, most of whom are carrying umbrellas.
We walk around the bay, taking pictures of the various sculptures and series of bench installations. There are some particularly impressive sculptures, including a Rodin, in the foyer of the hotel OUE Downtown. So I go in and ask the ‘concierge’ if it’s OK to take
some photos. Only he’s a sculpture too. It becomes obvious when the cleaner starts polishing his head as I approach.
We reach Marina Bay Sands in time for brunch and some much needed air conditioning. Before we leave, I duck into the toilet to apply sunblock before a visit to the Gardens by the Bay. When I emerge, it’s raining – typical.
We head for the Gardens’ two enormous greenhouses. First, the Cloud Forest; a 35 metre high, 7 storey artificial waterfall. A lift takes you to the top, then you follow a walkway back down around the outside of the waterfall. There are different gardens on each level merging plants and sculptures into a huge monument of gardening perfection. In amongst the trees and flowers are Lego flowers, bronze animals, wooden sculptures, crystals, mirrors…
Next is the Flower Dome; this, too merges planting with sculptural pieces into different garden zones. The main theme is ‘Tulipmania’ with a Dutch village, tea cups and cupcakes all planted with a huge array of tulips.
And that pretty much completes our travels. We return to the hotel for a final pack ready for our flight back to London in
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