Days 19, 20 and 21 - Saturday, 23; Sunday, 24 and Monday, 25 - Udaipur / Delhi / Singapore
19.02.2013 - 25.02.2013
Slept in, leisurely breakfast and chatted to some Texans who are travelling through India on their own with a driver and swapped book titles on India that we had read and enjoyed. Chatted to two Aussies from Kiama, who are also travelling alone with a driver. Not my cup of tea exactly. Repacking bags - bags out at 12 noon - leaving at 1.30 pm for the airport and our flight to Delhi which is 21 degrees and raining.
Good flight to Delhi. People are coughing everywhere. Joan Breen and Jill and their group are on the same flight. They are flying straight through to Singapore and then onto Sydney. So are some of our group and some are getting off in Singapore and some like us, Judy and Graeme, Vince and Carol, Judy and Ash and Richard and Wendy, are spending the night at the Imperial and then flying to Singapore on Sunday. Said good bye to Yogi at Delhi airport. Very sad but will keep in touch via face book.
Up very early on Sunday morning (4 am) for our 5 am transfer to the airport. Check in went smoothly and had a good flight to Singapore - 5hrs 10mins. I read my Kindle and slept - didn't watch any movies. The Imperial gave us a breakfast box. It was okay as it was good to have some food in our stomachs before flying. We had breakfast on the plane - chive omelette - which was a bit average. Also had snacks and a Singapore Sling. What else would you have on a Singapore Airlines flight to Singapore!
Said goodbye to Judy and Ash at Changi Airport. Judy is getting sick. Caught a shuttle bus to the Novotel at Clarke Quay - $9 pp. Judy and Graeme are on the 22nd floor in an exec room; we are on the 13th floor (I didn't think they had 13th floors in hotels) with a lovely big room and a bath. Very good location on Clarke Quay. Walked around looking for a spot for dinner and chose an Irish Pub.
Singapore is so neat and tidy and orderly compared to India and the traffic even stays in their lanes and there are no cows on the road!
Early night as it has been a very long day.
Monday - Went shopping and had a great time. Weren't looking for anything in particular but Judy ended up with four pairs of shoes and a bag and I ended up with two pairs of shoes and a bag! Judy also bought a Samsung Tablet. She is very excited. Came back to the hotel, had a very late lunch and a little rest and then caught a water taxi over to the Marina Sands Hotel and paid $20 each to go up on top of the "ship" hotel. The view was stunning.
Could see a big storm coming so went back to the hotel and helped Judy set up her tablet. Lots of rain and lightning. Went to a Thai restaurant at Clarke Quay for dinner. Food was just okay.