|Walking down the steep slope we climbed last night|
Since we already knew how to go to Senado Square, the main shopping cum historical centre with the iconic ruins of St Paul’s over-looking the square, we ventured out confidentally. Some of our team have split, so our group was a bit smaller. The weather was pleasantly cool and cold intermittently.
So jealous, watching the seasoned shoppers going about in boots and sweaters. But we managed either with a jacket or shawl.
We have not seen the sun, since we arrived yesterday. The skies would be what we, in Malaysia, call ‘mendung’ – cloudy with likeliness of rain. However, we were luckily. No rain until the following day.
Along the way, we notice the subtle juxtaposing of old and new buildings. In fact the old historical buildings are better maintained than the modern ones..Haha..
Our self-arranged itinerary was to include Macau Art Museum (one end of Macau) & Anshun Batik & Tin Embroidery (on the other side). So, we decided on Museum of Macau, which was near to the ruins of St Paul's Church.
|Ruins of St Paul's Church|
|A shop selling orignal works by Macau Designers (right next to the Ruins of St Paul's Church)|
The MACAO MUSEUM -
It was a nondescript building set in the hill slope and so the sight of escalators delighted some of us. The has a uniqueness about it as u can see in the photos.
On the right side, is the Chinese world!
|First printing press in Macao|
Other exhibits showed the mix of architecture, Portuguese way of life, Christian artifacts, pottery, making of firecrackers, silk, astronomy, marriage certificates, etc.
The museum also had a garden called Fortress Garden on the upper level.
It gives a good view of the city landmarks like the very imposing Grand Lisboa Hotel & Casino (in gold colour).
Then headed down to the streets to look for lunch.. All restaurants were small, so difficult to get one that had 7 empty chairs. Finally got a corner restaurant, no frills restaurant. We called individual meals. Some had fish porridge, wantan-like mee, and i chose the quite unusual dish of ox-tongue stew. Very European food is a Chinese family restaurant.
Then we walked back to Senado Square, taking the scenic look...which meant that we got lost, even with maps in hand. Small roads were not listed in the map. That excursion tested us. But our group members were cool about it, everyone trying to help figure out the way. Finally after going one big circle, we landed back in Senado Square. What a way to see the city!
Aiyah! I was paying attention to the ending date & forgot to check the starting date. Well, at least we know where it is... So, we said goodbye to them and hurried to find transport back to the hotel.