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Macau...Day 1

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Senado Square at 8 AM.

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.

Buildings in Senado Square. Decorations in the foreground are temporary.
  It turns out that I forgot to have dinner yesterday.

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.

St. Dominic's Church before they open. I had to come back later this morning to go inside.
  It was like a bonus for looking around, just one of many wonderful surprises I had on this trip.

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.

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Senado Square at 8 AM.
Senado Square at 8 AM.
Buildings in Senado Square.  Decor…
Buildings in Senado Square. Deco…
St. Dominics Church before they o…
St. Dominic's Church before they …
St. Pauls as you emerge from Rua …
St. Paul's as you emerge from Rua…
I liked this building.  It faces t…
I liked this building. It faces …
St. Pauls & the very impressive a…
St. Paul's & the very impressive …
I took this photo because all thes…
I took this photo because all the…
The ruins of St. Pauls
The ruins of St. Paul's
Na Tcha Temple, with the old city …
Na Tcha Temple, with the old city…
A section of the old wall, near St…
A section of the old wall, near S…
This might be my favorite street i…
This might be my favorite street …
St. Anthonys Church
St. Anthony's Church
Protestant Cemetery
Protestant Cemetery
I came upon this street & liked it…
I came upon this street & liked i…
Cannon at the Monte Fortress
Cannon at the Monte Fortress
That is the Grand Lisboa towering …
That is the Grand Lisboa towering…
In front of the ruins of St. Pauls
In front of the ruins of St. Paul's
Inside the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
Largo da Se
Largo da Se