After our breakfast at Philea, I was up and about for another round of sightseeing in Malacca. All seemed fine with the couple I was holidaying with and they agreed to follow me to Malacca city. I regretted that we did not drive to Malacca because the taxi fare out from Philea to the city was quite high and if I call still remember, we paid about RM70.00. The taxi driver stopped us in front of A Formosa and we walked into the small gate house, known as Porta de Santiago, measuring at 20 ft high with 8 ft thick walls- that being the only remaining part of the fortress still standing.
I don't think I have ever been here before and I could not even recall what I studied about A Formosa during my school years. So I stood in front of the signage and read on the significance of the place. .
The crowd was simply massive and more were arriving due to the school holidays. It was like a mad house with everyone wanting a closed up view in the little area between the walls of the fortress, build 500 years ago by the Portuguese commander, Alfonso de Albuquerque.
I spend less than five minutes standing and looking at the fort before shifting my direction to the compound and its here you will see old cannons from the 16th century.
The sun was streaming high and the heat was agitating me. Anyway, thats about all there's to see at A Formosa. I was on the look out for where else I can go and at that moment, I noticed people walking to the direction of the Malacca Sultanate Palace. I was also keen to explore the palace but my travel companions were not. Anyway I was not bothered. They preferred to sit at a shady area nearby and were willing to wait for me to join them later. I walked to the palace and as I crossed over to the opposite side, I could not stop glancing at the display of an old ancient car and if I was not mistaken, an army tank or truck.
Malacca Sultanate Palace will be featured as the next post.