Sunday, January 6, 2013

Bougainvillea Flaunt @ Casa Del Rio

Sometime in September last year we visited Melaka, a much sought after destination for both local and foreign tourists. We stayed at the riverine Casa Del Rio Hotel. When we approached the hotel, I was bowled over by the stunning display of multi-hued bougainvilleas from the balconies.

This is the view from the corridors of the guestrooms.

"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love" ~ Max Muller

 
Its not surprising that the Bougies here are in their full glory as Melaka is one of the driest city in Malaysia. 

Bougies thrived and flourished in full sunlight with minimal rainfall.

This humongous raintree provide a verdant background to the colourful blooms.


They seem to be sprouting like weeds from the top of walls
and balconies.

The bougies were planted on almost every tier of the hotel.


At the central courtyard of the hotel, a large three-tiered  fountain gurgled and bubbled noisily. Four Frangipani (Plumeria) trees graced the courtyard.


In the evening the lighted lamps bathed the flowers in soft amber light.

Yellow and red bougies seen through black wrought grill.

Tall containers lined up against the wall provide colours to the stone facade in front.

This Portugese-inspired arch which is the gateway to Casa Del Rio Hotel in Melaka. In the early 1500s the Portuguese came to Malacca and ruled the place till 1641. 


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