|The angle is about 45 degrees for most of the way|
On our second day there, we took the British-built funicular railway to the highest point on the island, Penang Hill. The railway is incredibly steep, and was built in the 1920s to help the British escape the heat: they used to retire to purpose-built resorts on the hilltop during work breaks. The view from up there is stunningly beautiful.
|George Town, and across the water, mainland Malaysia|
In addition to old British constructions, the hill has a number of other tourist attractions as well, such as the still-under-construction Owl Museum and places to get your photo taken with a snake.
|Such a cute logo even if it's just a tourist trap|
|We decided NOT to pose R with an enormous snake|
The next day, after a full day in the city visiting museums and restaurants, we traveled to the (also British-built, they were busy!) Botanic Gardens. They are beautiful, if not quite as superb as Singapore's (I am spoiled now).
|The man has an umbrella to protect him from the sun|
|Badminton is popular in Asia because it's not physically taxing|
They were full of locals power walking, playing badminton, and enjoying family outings. We were perhaps the only tourists. Little R had a great time inspecting the vegetation and marching along the pathways.
|Looking at the lily pond|
|Even on a walk, little R draws stares|