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Macau is a small island southeast of China, where the official languages are Cantonese and Portuguese. This was good for me since I can't read or speak Chinese. I can however, read and speak a little Spanish (pretty similar to Portuguese) which made me feel a lot less like a lost and confused tourist, although I still looked very much like one. I call this next photo, The Tourist.
There are tons of places to see and things to do in Macau. And since we were only there for two days, I packed in as much of Macau as I could in a well routed itinerary. After breakfast we headed straight to The Ruins of St. Paul's...
Next we made our way to Mount Fortress where you can also find the Museum of Macau. This is across from St. Paul's Ruins. Just in case you don't notice, I'm the little black figure with arms, right in the middle of that massive wall.
Afterwards we headed down Rua dos Mercadores towards Senado Square. A great place for sight seeing, shopping and dining. Plus you can find numerous shops for souvenirs and dozens of food vendors handing out free samples along the way!
Check out all the yummy treats I scored for free!
I also managed to snag these cute little wooden animal toys for my children while walking around Senado Square. I know better than to go back home empty handed to three crazy, mommy-deprived kiddos. These little creatures played a big part in saving a box of scrumptious egg tarts from an over indulging tourist (me), but I'll tell you about that a little later.
In Senado Square, there are many beautiful Catholic churches that were established by Portuguese priests in the mid 1500's. They're open to the public and you're even allowed to take photos inside. Here's one of me at St. Dominic Church located right in the center of Leal Senado Square.
Wanting to check out a different part of Macau, we tried our hand at their public bus transportation and headed to Taipa island, which is south of Macau City, where we visited two major hotel casinos. It wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be and was a lot cheaper than taking a taxi.
The Venetian and Galaxy Macau are two of many humongous hotels with shopping malls, theaters, restaurants, and casinos inside. You could easily spend three hours at each hotel. One hour walking around, one hour to sit and dine, and one hour trying to find your way back to the main entrance...
While inside, we perused the casinos and pretended to gamble. We were only there for about five minutes. Just long enough to snap quick photos of ourselves at the slot machines. The second hand smoke, which was engulfing my breathable oxygen, had us quickly searching for the exit, or as they say in Portuguese, saida.
Other more interesting and lung-friendly features of the hotels included:
If ever you're in Macau, the hotels alone are a sight to see. We then headed outside of the hotels and into more urban parts of the city, where we had a traditional Macanese dinner. It's similar to Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine but with an interesting twist in flavor.
After a very adventurous and flavorful dinner, we made our way back to the airport. But of course, not without first getting a box of the most coveted egg tarts in all of Asia (or so they claim). The two most well known Macanese indulgences that every tourist should try while in Macau are the pork bun and the egg tarts. I wasn't able to try their pork bun, but I've long made it a goal to try the famous egg tarts I've heard so much about. They were even featured in a travel segment on TLC. So we stopped by a bakery and picked up two boxes of the most delicious, decadent, creamy, flaky egg tarts I've ever tasted.
We arrived at the airport a bit too early to check in for our flight, so I decided to eat one of my yummy egg tarts while we wait. As I excitedly opened one of the boxes, the most devastating, most unthinkable, most unimaginable thing happened...
WHO ATE ALL OF MY EGG TARTS!?!?!?!?
(To Be Continued)