The entrance to the garden on the HILL.
On the way up to the garden.
I couldn’t tell you. They look like bomb shelters.
Very…pretty, well-kept…bomb shelters.
An honest-to-God lily pond!
We went into the Eye of Sauron – sorry the Hotel Lisboa – for dinner, and just to see WHAT was there!
THIS is the free bread that came with our dinner – one is garlic rosemary, one is chocolate brioche. Both steaming fresh.
Salmon, baked potato, and broccoli au gratin. My friend had pizza with goat cheese.
Inside the Casino Lisboa, attached to the Hotel.
I didn’t believe these over-top, James-Bond type hotels existed!
I was wrong.
Oh, wait there’s more.
BEHOLD Casino Lisboa’s exterior! It hurt my EYES.
THIS is the much quieter, old-school, sedate lobby of OUR hotel.
Because it’s not enough to have Catholic churches on every block.
I wish I knew what this beautiful building was. Could be an embassy or someone’s house!
Outside the Sands Casino and Hotel.
A VERY quick shot of the Kun Iam statue from a city bus on the way back to our hotel.
Casinos ARE everywhere in Macau — many much older than those in Cotai!
A shrine tucked away under two streets.
I just really like this city.
Macau was, until 1999, a colony of Portugal. Macau is in — more or less — 2 parts: the Peninsula, which contain the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Historic Centre of Macau, and then there are the islands, which contain, Taipai, Cologne and Cotai.
The Portuguese built TWO major military fortresses while occupying Macau — the Fortaleza do Monte, and the Guia Fortress.
Entrance to Fortaleza do Monte.
Be very afraid.
Looking down into the city from Fortaleza do Monte,
Reflecting pool before the Macau Museum in the Fortress. We didn’t go in sadly – pressed for time.
This is the Hotel Lisboa, but we named the Eye of Sauron because you can see it Everywhere!
Guards at the cafe where we had lunch.
Stunning statue near The Ruins of St Paul’s.
I love this mural. On Tap Seac Square.
I LOVE the buildings here.
Looking up at Guia Fortress.
There it is AGAIN! I TOLD you!
Going up to the Fort itself.
The chapel, whose murals indoors – no pictures allowed – are being restored. GO SEE THEM.
View of the city from inside the gunner house.
On the way back down Guia Hill.
SOMEONE has a mad, brilliant mind!
There are a number of pedestrian bridges covered in flowers like this.
Perfectly ordinary traffic circle…for Macau.
Benz dealership next door to your neighbourhood noodle house.
Stunning buildings everywhere.
The building’s run-down, but the colours!
Park in Taipa.
Inside the Venetian Hotel is…the OUTDOORS of Venice. ?!
I went there.
Yeah, that too.
The Cotai Strip. Fun to visit, but I wouldn’t stay in a hotel here. Too crazy for me.
These are as common in Southern China as dandelions back home.
Yet another perfectly ordinary roundabout on our way back the Peninsula.
Or Macao. For various reasons, I was only able to stay one night. NOT ENOUGH. Will be going back. I spent most of my time there giggling because my Spanish allowed me to understand just about ALL the Portuguese I saw!
Just past the gate from Gombei Port in China…
…is the entry to Porto Centros, Macao.
The fountain before The Sands hotel and Casino near the harbour.
What street is The Sands Casino on?
“Lotus Flower in Full Bloom,” across from the Sands.
The flags of China and Macau.
One ferry arriving from Hong Kong, another just leaving.
A Cine-Concert…The Triplets of Belleville, with live music. How fricking cool is that?!!
This fellow was just handing out lucky red envelopes to kids!
This is part of Fisherman’s Wharf, very nice restaurants and shops in slightly kitcshy new buildings made to look “old”.
Beautiful fountain in between faux Italian and Tudor English houses!
The aptly named Harbourview Hotel. Not sure what style architecture this is…
Lovely red lanterns everywhere.
Most of the buildings in this area were old-style, but the brick and stone of these tells me they’re genuine.
Looks like a Roman column, doesn’t it? Hee here!
The “Roman” column overlooks the “Roman ruins” of the Babylon Casino!
“Roman” Amphitheatre. I kept telling myself “I should hate this…but I don’t!”
“Give me your money to eat! Bwa ha ha!”
New Year’s Display on Fisherman’s Wharf.
How much more like Vegas can you GET! So ridiculously awesome!
Jardim Vasco de Gama Garden, as seen from the front of my hotel!
Sports centre to one side of the Garden.
Orange trees. I am NOT exaggerating, orange trees EVERYWHERE!
Fountains of Vasco de Gama Garden.
Vasco de Gama himself.
And this is my hotel, from the Garden. If you didn’t hate me yet, you do now. 😀
I treated myself to dinner at Fado, the Portuguese restaurant in my hotel. These are fresh codfish cakes.
All of this came with every meal! 6 different breads, 3 flavours of olive oil, carrots steeped in olive oil, olive tapenade, and garlic-tomato butter.
Seriously, ALL the seafood. This is shrimp and bread stew. Happy Place.
The church of St Michael.
This is a bridal shop!!
Rua Horta Companhia Rotunda.
I wish I could tell you what this shop sold, but it was shut!
The other half of the crazy-awesome display.
The air smelled different in Macau. It took me a while to realise ALL of these shrines had incense burning. Those are wrapped cookies in front.
Just hanging off someone’s door. Amazing.
New Year’s decorations down a street median.
I couldn’t stop marvelling at the streets here…
Tap Seac Square.
Tap Seac Square.
St Lazarus Church.
Another church. I lost track. I think the Portuguese colonists were Catholic.
Bonito gato negro, esta desayando.
This was a church, now it appears to be apartments. Sigh…
The paving on the street is modern–it fits around manholes–but it’s very nicely done.
Looking down from the ruins of St Paul’s. The crazy pointy building at the back is The Grand Lisbon Hotel and Casino. (Macau has a LOT of those.)
The New Year display before St Paul’s.
The obligatory selfie.