02.02.2010 - 02.02.2010
After a restful sleep, we were up bright and early today so we could see what Malaysia’s capital city has to offer. While Andrea and I were getting ready this morning, we sent Luis to Starbucks across the road from the hotel. You know Andrea…. She needs her coffee before she can function properly. Today we visited the PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS Luis mentioned in our first blog entry. It is one of Kuala Lumpur’s impressive icons and it is FREE to visit!!! We took a shuttle bus from the hotel to the towers. We arrived around 7:00AM and got tickets at 9:30AM! It was like being in line to get in at Nashville North during Stampede! We went on a tour of the Skybridge that connects the two towers on the 41st floor which is the highest you can go. It was unbelievable to say the least. We found a great place to take a few pics when we toured the area below. Before leaving I picked up a pewter figurine of the twin towers as a souvenir; pewter is popular in Malaysia and was mined in the area.
After our tour of the PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS, we were feeling a little peckish and warm so we headed to the well known PAVILION MALL. The size of the mall was incredible and the food court was a great place to eat some great food at a reasonable price. We tried some TEPPANYAKI from the Express Teppanyaki at the Food Republic in the mall and it was fantastic. It was fresh meat, vegetables, bean sprouts cooked right in front of us and it only cost RM15 which works out to be approximately $4.65 Canadian Dollars!!! What a great Deal! After checking out a few stores, we walked back to the hotel which was close to the mall.
After a quick rest at the hotel, we headed out to visit the ISLAMIC ART MUSEUM. We spent 2.5 hours there and it was incredible! It was filled with fascinating artifacts, décor, exhibits dedicated to Islamic culture. The displays of jewelry, fabrics and pottery were impressive to say the least. Close by was the NATIONAL MOSQUE so we took advantage of the great location and visited the other attraction before heading back to the hotel. The mosque is also known as MASJID NEGARA and according to the guides at the site, its architectural design – fan like roof- symbolizes the aspirations of an independent nation. Personally, I think it provides unique feature to the skyline and really stands out. I couldn’t help but take some more photos before leaving the site. It was once in a life time experience. Thank goodness for digital cameras… I would have run out of film by now….and it is only the First Day!!!