Like most old cities, the streets are narrow and tightly lined with buildings. There's a mix of residences, shops, eateries and businesses. Walking down the covered sidewalks, I'll pass a busy restaurant, then a closed shop, then a family home where everyone is sitting around the TV just a few feet inside the open front door. At times, it's quiet, and I feel like I'm alone in the world. Other times, my ears are assaulted by the cacophony of honking horns and puttering scooters.
|Love Lane is one of Penang's oldest streets. Prosperous families settled here in the early 1800s.|
|I have no idea what this place is, but I liked the entrance.|
Located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are lots of Western tourists wandering around along with me. Some are brave enough to ride the trishaws. Personally, I prefer walking since I can quickly jump out of the way when a car or scooter zooms by, mere inches away from me.
Built in the 1860s, the Cathedral of the Assumption is a World Heritage Church and was the seat of the Bishop of Penang from 1955-2003.
Some of the buildings are old and in need of a little TLC, but I love the bright colors and trim.
Others, like this relatively new block built in 1927, have been recently renovated.
|If you visit Penang and want a quieter place than my home, |
this is a wonderful boutique hotel called Coffee Atelier.
A few families have a rare, free-standing house.
|They should have had the decency to cover their satellite dish in cloisonne.|
This is one of the more modest Chinese clan association buildings in Penang. The rest deserve their own post (but I need to visit them first).
|I was breakfasting across the street when the cafe proprietress |
exclaimed, "Come out and look at the sky!"