Only mom had been to Macau before so we made sure to squeeze in some time to check out some sights (mandatory tourist activity). First order of business was Senado Square, which was every bit a testament to Macau’s history. (Macau was a former Portuguese Colony, so one will see in places like Senado Square an influx of Portuguese restaurants and signages).
The twins were bus seatmates!
We took the shuttle from The Venetian to Yuet Tung Pier, which is a 10-15 minute walk away from Senado Square. And because we did not enlist for an official tour, we had to feel our way around the area. Which is to say, we got lost for a while.
I took a few snaps of the area though, because (1) we didn’t want to get lost even more (it was like leaving a trail of bread crumbs), and (2) I’ve always really been a fan of snapping away at random things I see.
Anyway, once you get down at the pier, you just have to look for the “Central” signage on the main road, follow the signs, then you will be in Senado Square in no time. Only few locals speak English so it was quite a challenge, having to ask them for directions.
Thankfully mom had a map and this kind stranger spoke just enough English to be able to guide us. Soon, we were on our way.
One of the first things we did at Senado Square was to drop by St. Dominic’s Church, which had a nice, yellow facade. The interiors were ordinary, but tons of tourists (us included) flocked the area still to say a prayer and to take photos of the place. The church reminded me so much of those we have in provinces.
And then we checked out the Ruins of St. Paul’s. It’s one of the square’s photo-op spots so be ready with your camera. The place used to hold St. Paul’s Cathedral and St. Paul’s College.
Afterwards, we spent a lot of time just checking out the side streets. Sooo many people in Senado Square so you gotta stick to your companions and keep your belongings within reach.
Our favorite find was the Pasteleria Koi Kei – they were very generous with the free samples, so we stuffed ourselves with those before finally deciding to purchase from the store. We loved their egg tarts (they could be the best I’ve ever tried) and pastries, specifically their almond cookies. Their beef jerky was okay, too, but we were fine with just the samples of the beef. Haha!! We ended up munching on egg tarts and almond cookies in the hotel.
Pasteleria Koi Kei also has a stall in The Venetian, but goods are priced higher of course. I’m not sure if other nearby hotels carry this brand though.
We had lunch at Now Cafe, a small, quiet Portuguese restaurant in one of the side streets. The following are landmarks: McDonald’s, St. Dominic Church, Sasa Cosmetics, Swatch. When you see those, you’ll know you’re nearby.
Once we were satisfied with our Senado Square tour, we headed for the Sintra Hotel, which offered a free shuttle ride to the City of Dreams, Macau’s “premiere entertainment hub”, which we wanted to check out. The line for the shuttle was very long so we stayed a while in this area.
The Grand Lisboa hotel was just nearby. Check out the building’s architecture! Isn’t it amazing?
And when we finally got on the shuttle, I caught sight of the Macau Tower, another must-see when in Macau.
First thing we did when we got to the City of Dreams was to purchase tickets to a dragon show staged in The Bubble. It was a good 20 to 30-minute show that heavily utilized projected images, an indoor fountain, grand lanterns, and colorful lights. It was entertaining but seeing it once was enough for me. Each ticket is priced at MOP50 for tourists.
The House of Dancing Water is also showing in the City of Dreams, but we personally decided against it as tickets were expensive and we’ve seen similar shows in the past.
If you aren’t into this type of thing, though, the City of Dreams has more shops (mostly high-end) for you!
That’s it for day four!
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