Macau Walking Day Tour

by - January 06, 2015

When traveling into a new place or country, one indeed wants to experience what that place has to offer. While I was making our Macau itinerary, I see to it that we would be able to visit the best places and see it's rich history. Unfortunately, due to the frigid weather (it was only a little less than 15 degrees though) and Mama throwing a fever during our trip, I had to sort our itinerary to those spots that our feet were only able to afford.

The walking tour may have shortened but the fun and experience was still fulfilling. I was able to discover why Macau was said to be the "gateway where the East and West meets".

Ruins of St. Paul. A UNESCO world heritage built during the 1600s. Only the front of the facade still remains and behind it was a shrine and the original pillars of the cathedral. There were also steel bars and concrete supporting the front facade. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take pictures of the inside due to the crowd. :( And I also wasn't able to make a wish into this man-made "wishing well". :(

Ruins of St. Paul just a little after sunrise. We were there at 6-ish in the morning, braving the cold.

By the time we get back by 10:30AM, there were already a lot of people and tourists roaming around the place, taking pictures and appreciating the scene.

The uphill side of the Ruins. Isn't this quite romantic? Reminds me of that Korean series "The Princess Hours". (Though this wasn't the exact part where they shot the final episode) Lol

Early morning view from atop the Ruins that leads to Largo do Senado. See that building on the left side of the picture? That's Grand Lisboa right there.

Alongside Ruins of St. Paul was Museo de Macau. We didn't bother getting in because it was still close at that time.

Beside Museo De Macau is this little park. When we were walking back to our hotel, there were a group of Filipinos hanging out or even drinking in the middle of the night under the pouring cold weather. I asked Mama what they were doing there and she said that was normal for most OFWs because that's the only time they get to relax. Lol

Largo do Senado or Senado Square by day and night. I like it better by night, don't you agree? This definitely is the heart of the Macau Portuguese colonial legacy. The yellow and pink buildings surrounding the square clearly says it all plus the flooring that was covered with mosaic cobbles.

So lovely to look at.

Just across the square is the Macau Business Tourism Centre. One wouldn't really miss it as it is that big yellow building where you can obtain maps and information about Macau.

St. Dominic's church located near Senado Square, another UNESCO World Heritage. It saddened me to see that it was under construction. :(

Another picturesque corner.

This picture was taken at one of the bus stops, the last stop actually. We were lost and we had to take a detour. Thankfully, there were Filipinos who happily helped us find our way. The map from the ferry station was a lot of help as it states the bus numbers that pass on a particular bus stop. Getting lost was actually kind of amazing. Lol. We were able to see some tourist spots even from afar.

Another shot from the bus stop. That is Macau tower standing at the back. A food festival was actually being held but we chose not to visit due to time constraints.

Residential buildings in Macau. What a resemblance to Manila City, lol.

A floating restaurant also taken at one of the bus stops.

Macau somehow arrives to me as a juxtaposition of ancient and modern culture. Surrounding Macau's Portuguese sights were modern shops and stores. They were all over the place that they kind of overwhelmed the Portuguese culture of Macau. It was really a blend of East and West culture.

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