Last Stop: Macau
The new part of town.
I love the different color buildings…
…and the Portuguese influence.
Patrick and I made a last minute decision to go to Macau because it was only a boat ride away from Hong Kong. The interest wasn’t in the casinos, especially if you’ve been to Las Vegas as Patrick and I have. It was the old part of the city that made Macau interesting.
The old part of town. (Didn’t I just say that?)
Walking up to the church of Saint-Paul.
Well, what’s left of it from 413 years ago.
We visited the ruins of St. Paul. The church was built in 1602, but only the south facade remains. The rest was destroyed by a fire in 1835. Afterwards, we went to the museum and by late afternoon we decided to look for a restaurant for lunch.
Not a smile on anyone’s face. Maybe everyone’s hungry.
Now, let me be honest here, the Macanese are not known for being very friendly and believe me I won’t be the one to refute that. Uh hum, just between us, I have to say they were pretty cold. But, if I have to find something positive to say about them, well, they do like to feed you for free.
Patrick was hungry too.
As Patrick and I went looking for a restaurant, there was almost no need to. Vendors stood outside their establishments with trays of food for people to sample. We smiled and said, thank you, but our thanks were greeted with stone faces and silence. (Hmm, I wonder, was it us?) Not really, other tourists fared no better. While Patrick was tasting the beef, I was trying out the cookies and pastries. Anyway, by the time we got to the restaurant we weren’t very hungry, we had stuffed ourselves with free samples. We did buy cookies to take with us out of guilt and because they tasted yummy. Actually, it was easier to find pastry shops than restaurants. My kind of town!
Looking down at the old city.
The old and the new merge.
Time to go in and throw away some money.
Maya Muses: If you like to gamble, Macau is definitely a place to visit, it’s the largest gambling center in the world. If you’re looking for more, I suggest visiting other places in mainland China.
…look old, but they’re new.
Beautiful as it may be, it’s still a no-no.
A Fine Mammoth Tusk Carving of the Great Wall.
Is it time to leave yet?
Photo Credits: Personal Photos