|View as ferry is docking in Macau
A-Ma seemed to be a recurring theme on this trip as I had been reading a lot about this goddess of seafarers (Matau) in a local memoir and we were located by the Tin Hua metro stop, which is the equivalent goddess in Hong Kong.
|Inscriptions and incense cones
Well fed, we were energized to make our way through town to the historic sites. The historic center of Macau is dedicated as a Unesco world heritage site for its unique history, with over 20 locations representing the culture heritage of the area. We saw Senado Square, St. Augustine's Church and the ruins of St. Paul's Cathedral along with the many historical buildings throughout the center's winding streets. Once again, the coexistence of the European heritage along with the Chinese was striking. We walked through tight crowds with various shops, Chinese restaurants and scenes you would see in Hong Kong or China, while rounding the corner to see an old European church or former government building.
|Ruins of St. Paul's
We made a quick stop (overcoming the large lunch) for the famous Portuguese egg tart at one of the many bakeries along the way. They absolutely did not disappoint--eggy, sweet and with a buttery, flaky crust. I could have eaten more, but two was probably sufficient. Egg tarts are seen in many of the bakeries in Shanghai, but from what I have tasted they cannot compare.
We also ducked in a few shops, but mainly enjoyed strolling and viewing the architecture with the crowds. We then began to make our way back towards the ferry side, via the casino area. No gambling for us today, we simply enjoyed the casinos from the outside.
We thought we would walk back to the ferry, but began to get tired (and realized it is a bit hard to approach on foot if you don't know exactly where you are going) so we stopped at a Metropark hotel and took advantage of their shuttle. We thought we'd try the "we're staying at a Metropark in Hong Kong" card, but they didn't even ask. Relief for the feet!
It was a much better view leaving Macau in the evening and arriving back in to Hong Kong with all the lights.