Oftentimes, when a person says that Hongkong will be his destination, there would be someone who would suggest visiting Macau too. Apparently, Hongkong and Macau are sister islands. Macau is just one hour away from Hongkong by jet ferry.
We opted to ride Cotai Water Jet ferry in going to Macau. I was nervous not having brought Bonamine chewable tablet that day. I slightly felt nauseous because of the up and down, side to side motions of the catamaran. Thank God when I found out I had a candy inside my pocket. Those candies saved the day.
We arrived in about an hour, cleared Macau customs and caught the blue shuttle bus to the Venetian Hotel. There was no need to worry about transportation. Hotels and casinos offer free rides to tourists.
Visiting the Glamorous Venetian Hotel
The luxury five-star hotel and casino resort in the Venetian Hotel were absolutely spectacular. A grand hallway which was beautifully decorated with paintings and lightings that perfectly complemented each other welcomed us. It was almost like a place where everything glitters in gold. I fell in love with Venetian Hotel the moment Steven and I walked in its splendid hallway.
A lavishly ornate hall of the Venetian Hotel
Steven and I skipped the casino and proceeded straight to the 3rd floor which the Grand Canal Shoppes was located. There we had observed fashion-conscious shoppers who walked leisurely around with their designer clothing and fancy bags.
The buildings, the canals, and the plaza were all patterned after Venice. Another thing that surprised me was the sky. At a glance, someone would think that it was a real sky, but it wasn’t. It was just a thick blue canvas with small holes. It was an artificial blue sky controlled by a computer.
Our Macau trip wouldn’t be complete without riding the romantic gondola which would make someone feel being in Venice, Italy. Trying it out was something irresistible most especially once seeing the authentic Venetian gondola with gondoliers rendering a sweet melody while gliding down the Grand Canal. It would be even more special if you were with someone that you love.
Steven and I boarded the gondola along with two other Korean ladies that made Brigitta, our gondolier to think that we were all Koreans. Brigitta was half-Filipina and half-Italian. The experience of the gondola ride became more wonderful because of her jolly spirit. She sang beautifully two songs. One was entitled “Moon River” which was popularized by the Korean telenovela “Lovers in Paris.” The other one was an Italian song.
Unesco Heritage Site
We spent so much time at the Venetian Hotel that we just decided to hail a cab up to the Senado Square (Largo de Senado) which was listed as one of the sites in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in order to save time. It was another place in Macau we would not like to miss.
Our eager eyes worked overtime as they adjusted to the new environment unfolded before us: a beautiful town square surrounded by neo-classical buildings and wave-patterned mosaic colored stone. All around us was an air of the exotic combination of Portuguese and Chinese culture.
The Ruins of St. Paul stood out like a proud monument as tourist flocked to this great site. Behind this ruin was a great history having survived two fires: 1595 and 1601. On 1835, another raging typhoon hit Macau and the St. Paul Church was once again caught on fire. It has been left in ruin ever since.
Before we left Senado Square, we tried its well-known Portuguese egg tarts. I was not hungry at all but Steven insisted for me to try this well-known food which I remembered was also suggested by another friend of mine. I was glad that I listened because if not, I wouldn’t be able to know how heavenly its taste was. Soft and sweet with a buttery flaky pastry shell and rich custard filling.
From the Senado Square, we walked toward the Grand Lisboa. We crossed the opposite side of the road to catch the City of Dreams free shuttle bus from outside the Sintra Hotel. I asked Steven for us to return inside the Venetian Hotel to buy some souvenirs before we went back to Hongkong.
One day does not suffice to explore this thriving island. While we were on our way back to the ferry terminal, we saw the advertisements of Parisian Macao. While writing this post, I was thinking that at this time around, the Parisian Macao has already been standing proudly attracting tourists to experience its magnificent beauty.
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