If first impressions are all we have to go on, then George Town wins hands down. The Colonial Architecture, Contemporary, Classic, Retro, Traditional style meld draw you in and inspire intrigue. What a wonderful melting pot of South Eastern and Colonial cultures. Staying at a wonderful little guest house called Sweet Cili, where they have mixed up old colonial and contemporary style perfectly. This is a common theme in Penang, as we will discover.
BEST BREAKFAST EVER! Contemporary French Patisserie located up on Lebuh Pantai. I know to you lot this may sound lame, But, when the pastries have been somewhat scarce over the last few months, and you are handed an almond croissant straight from the oven, the excitement levels start to redline!
In keeping with the schooling ramp up, we spent the day learning about the early Chinese influences here, and went to learn about how ancient chinese clans made the journey across perilous seas to seek fortune, in a time when China’s trade was dwindling. There are a number of them in George Town, The Cheah Clan is one of them. Set up by them almost like a refuge/headquarters for other Chinese fortune seekers to set up and do business. Extremely ornate buildings, They even have their own opium dens..
Later we visited the Pinang Peranakan Mansion which is one of the gems of Penang. Draped in history and riches that tell the tales of the Bab & Nyonyas.