Macau Travel Blog› entry 6 of 13 › view all entries
February 1st, 2010 – by: WanderingStoic
Next, I headed towards St. Augustine's Church. Outside the church is St. Augustine's Square, a wonderful place for a rest. There is a large tree providing shade and very few people. This smallish piazza at the top of a hill is surrounded on 3 sides by: St. Augustine's Church, Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, and St. Joseph's Seminary. Next to the Sir Robert Ho Tung Library is a wine store which was closed at this hour of the morning (about 9 AM).
Passing the theatre, I began a long downhill stroll, stopping briefly to purchase a 'raisin bread', a delightful sweetroll with raisins which would serve as breakfast. Before long, I came to St. Lawrence Church, with its inviting grounds and beautiful interior. Next, I entered Lilau Square, another quiet plaza with a large shade tree. This square is surrounded by rather attractive residences. I like to believe that, later in the day, it becomes quite busy here, with children playing and neighbors socializing.
Passing by the Mandarin's House, which is still undergoing renovation :(, I came next to the Moorish Barracks after which my walk took me towards A-Mah Temple.
I crossed the road and, keeping the inner harbor to my right, followed the water around the tip of Macau. I passed the 'Gate of Understanding' which ironically was in a state of utter disrepair. Continuing along the waterfront, I came to the Macau Tower, passed under the Macau-Taipa Bridge, and in front of the MGM-Grand hotel before coming to Kun Iam Statue. Turning inland from here, I passed through a park and found Lotus Square, with its sculpture of the lotus flower. Having spent all morning walking, I decided to have lunch at Caravela. After lunch, which was delicious, I headed up Guia Hill, to the fort and lighthouse. I spent much of the remainder of this afternoon simply wandering the streets of Macau, exploring. Eventually, the 2 days of walking caught up to me & I decided to return to my hotel.
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