Monday, August 21, 2017

Singapore Day 1 - Ride The Wheel

The first attraction we did was one we saw on the way from the airport to the city.

Singapore's Flyer at 541 feet is the tallest Ferris Wheel in the world.

Each Gondola is rather spacious and we had 10 people in ours, be nches are there for sitting on and you can move about the cabin quite freely during the ride.

It takes half an hour for the Flyer to make a complete rotation and it's a nice gentle ride around the wheel.

The views are spectacular (click on any to embiggen as they say).

Looking like a Cylon Raider, the National Stadium is a very prominent landmark.

A close-up of the roof of the Marina Bay Sands Casino, Hotel, and very upscale shopping mall:

Gardens By The Bay:

We also got to see bands preparing for the National Day Parade - more on that later.

From the Flyer, we also had a great view of Singapore Bay - one of the busiest ports in the world, over 100,000 ships dock in Singapore every year.

It was a great overview of the city and showed many of the attractions we were to visit over the coming days.

Then we headed off to a lunch and then pretty much the weirdest thing we did in Singapore.


Old NFO said...

Other than the harbor shots, I pretty much didn't recognize anything... Of course it's been YEARS (30mumble) since I was there... sigh...

Aaron said...

Old NFO: A lot of the land in the pictures didn't even exist 30 mumble years ago - they've reclaimed a lot of it and have pretty much hit the limits of their expansion now. The whole Marina Bay district where that hotel/casino/shops sit is on land hauled over from Indonesia.

MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Aaron;

Missed these earlier stories...My bad. Wow, those pictures are really neat. and it shows what capitalism looks like :) Thanks for the pics.