Macau has a lot of casinos. I am not a big fan of that form of entertainment, so when I recently visited Macau, we hiked up Penha Hill, trolled around the old part of the city, and ventured up to the ruins of St. Paul, a church built in the beginning of the 17th century.
Macau is a fascinating mix of culture (Portugese and Cantonese – the signs are in both languages as is the architecture of the city) and of SES. On one side of the street are massive casinos filled with gold boats and crystal chandeliers, and if you look in the other direction there are apartment buildings in disrepair.
One of the most memorable parts of the trip was walking around the fishing village of Coloane, a 30 minute bus ride away from the casinos. On our walk through the town, we saw two women making Macanese dumplings. We watched them work for a minute, and then they invited us to come in for a few minutes. That was a wonderful experience.
Here are some photos from the trip…