DAY 5 (CON’T)
Back with more travel entries after a short break in writing over the festive season.
Picking up from where I last left off, we continued our stroll. Very crowded as it is a Sunday. I also noted mutiple branches of Koi Kee (where we brought our almond biscuits from earlier before lunch) alongst the street. From google, I found out also that apart from Lord Stow’s, there was also another famous egg tart shop – Margaret’s Cafe e Nata that is supposedly located within the vicinity of Senado Square …… but I did not see any visble signage, so continued the walk amongst the crowds.
(Note: As I write this now 4 months down the road, found out that its located nearer to Grand Lisboa)
Another old style Portuguese architecture ……
As SM went to quene for a drink (its really hot) …… we spotted our next destination in front of us – Ruins of St Paul’s.
After which, we walked right up to the top step of the monument itself.
You can read more in detail about Ruins of St. Paul on wikipedia and here. Just like Senado Square, Ruins of St Paul’s is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as part of the Historic Centre of Macau.
As part of the Macau Government’s restoration efforts, there is a museum located at the Ruins itself (behind the structure). Did a brief walk through of the various exhibits.
We also spotted the towering structure of the Stanley Ho owned Grand Lisboa from the top of the Ruins.
There are a couple of attractions around the Ruins as well that are worth exploring, such as the Monte Fort, Macau Museum. However it was really really hot + we decided that its a better idea to reach Cotai Strip earlier to explore the casinos 😛 …… Thus we decided to take a taxi direct from the Ruins to Cotai.
Some scenery along the way – managed to get a close up shot of the Grand Lisboa and the Macau Tower located right at the edge of the Macau Peninsula.
A quick 20 min journey later which cost about MOP 75 (taxis in Macau are not that expensive after all considering the distance from mainland to Cotai where we have to cross a long bridge) – we reached City of Dreams. Just like in Hong Kong, the taxi drivers only know places by their cantonese terms. The taxi driver did not understand City of Dreams until I had to specifically tell him we wanted to go to the property opposition Venetian to watch a show. Then he said 新濠天地!
No picture of the overall property – that consists of Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers Hotel, Grand Hyatt Hotel and the main entertainment/shopping area as we were dropped off right at the reception leading into Hard Rock Hotel. From the hotel, we walked straight into the shopping boulevard and casino entrance!
No pictures inside the Casino but since we were early (reached around 345pm) and had some time to kill before our show at 5 … it was Casino time!