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Macau...Day 2

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The yellow building is Sir Robert Ho Tung Library and the green building is the seminary. This photo was taken from St. Augustine's Square.
Again, I woke very early today.  Looking at my map, I decided to do the southern half of the peninsula.  Off I went, retracing my steps down Avenida Almeida Ribiero to Senado Square.  Crossing the street, I entered Leal Senado.  It is well worth it to venture into this building.  After all, it is right across the street from Senado Square.

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).
St. Augustine's Church & Square
  In front of St. Augustine's Church is Dom Pedro V Theatre.

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.
St. Augustine's Church
  This temple is also more of a temple complex, with several shrines and painted rocks on the hillside.  In front of the temple is a larger plaza and the Maritime Museum which, in retrospect, I probably should have gone into.  Instead, I decided to explore.  First, I would need to consult my map and have some water.  I purchased a bottle of water and a Portuguese Egg Tart (which I recommend highly) from a nearby store and planned my next move.

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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The yellow building is Sir Robert …
The yellow building is Sir Robert…
St. Augustines Church & Square
St. Augustine's Church & Square
St. Augustines Church
St. Augustine's Church
Dom Pedro V Theatre
Dom Pedro V Theatre
Flowers outside St. Lawrence Churc…
Flowers outside St. Lawrence Chur…
Inside St. Lawrence Church
Inside St. Lawrence Church
St. Lawrence Church
St. Lawrence Church
Lilau Square & some of the lovely …
Lilau Square & some of the lovely…
Another shot of Lilau Square & its…
Another shot of Lilau Square & it…
Moorish Barracks
Moorish Barracks
Moorish Barracks
Moorish Barracks
A-Mah Temple
A-Mah Temple
More of A-Mah Temple
More of A-Mah Temple
Boats working the inner harbor
Boats working the inner harbor
Kun Iam Statue
Kun Iam Statue
In front of Kun Iam Statue
In front of Kun Iam Statue
Statue of the lotus flower
Statue of the lotus flower
Guia Lighthouse
Guia Lighthouse