Macau Travel Blog› entry 5 of 13 › view all entries
Having gone to bed early last night, I awoke surprisingly early. Thankfully, my room had a coffee pot. While enjoying a couple of cups of instant coffee, I planned my day. Not really understanding the distances involved and planning to do a more thorough job of sight-seeing than a 3-hour walking tour, I set off shortly before 8 AM. My first order of business was to find breakfast. I walked in the direction of Senedo Square and, before I knew it, had arrived at that very spot, without seeing a restaurant. "No problem", I thought, "I'll enjoy what I have until I stumble across something to eat." Less than 45 minutes later I couldn't bear it; I had to eat something so I entered Starbucks. Coffee and a meat-filled pastry is all I needed.
After leaving Senedo Square, I passed St. Dominic's Church. I say 'passed' because it was still so early that they had not opened the doors. So much for my plan to get an early start...Next, I came across the Ruins of St. Paul's. I understand why it's the most famous site in Macau. Next to St. Paul's is the Na Tcha Temple and a section of the old city wall. From here, I'm not sure how, but I stumbled across a street which is still my favourite in all of Macau. Soon, I came upon St. Anthony's Church and from there, crossed to Camoes Garden. Not only was strolling through the garden (and up my second hill) a nice respite, but I came across a temple complex built into the side of the hill.
Leaving the garden, I entered the Protestant Cemetery. There are a surprising number of American sailors inturred here, as well as British & Germans. From the cemetery, I decided to 'explore'. I pocketed my map and worked my way back towards Senedo Square, being sure not to take the same route I had already travelled. Good call too, because I soon found myself outside Mounte Fortress.
The fortress is a good place to wind down. First, there are the great views and wonderful breeze but there's more; anywhere you go from here is downhill. ;) Inside the fortress is the Macau Museum but don't overlook the smaller, 1 room fort museum. It was in this other museum that I learned the location of additional sections of the old city defenses.
Exiting the Macau Museum, I found myself back at St. Paul's. From here I worked my way back to St. Dominic's and, this time, was able to venture inside. Some more sight-seeing then 'lunch'. It was almost 3 PM when I ate. Refreshed, I continued my sight-seeing but this time, I chose to wander & see what I might find. After an hour or so of aimlessly wandering the streets of Macau, I decided to return to my hotel, in order to rest up before going out again in the evening.