Monday, June 15, 2009

Macau


That's me, in the top center window, waving at my adoring public.




The golden window and reflection of the Grand Lisboa Casino, officially the most tack-tastic casino I've ever seen (and that's saying a lot...it is a casino after all). I think this basically captures the essence of Macau.

One of the historic buildings of Macau - this is a library off a square at the top of the hill opposite the biggest square in town (Leal Senado?)

A fountain in a small square in front of the Macau Cathedral.

The church of St. Dominic, in the Leal Senado Square. I love how Macau switches from old Chinese town to Portuguese European old school colony to casino-crazy strip of tacky buildings and brothels (well I am not too keen on the brothels and exploitation therein) to quiet sanctuaries. I love how the Macanese language and food reflects those idiosyncracies and blendings of culture.

Graffiti near the touristy heart of Macau.

TV and statues near the Ruins of St. Paul.

Macanese women idle in front of a tiny temple next to the Ruins of St. Paul.
City view of Macau, from ruins to high rises.


One of my favorite photos - incense sticks contrast with bamboo construction poles.


Tourists from Mainland China pose in front of the Ruins of St. Paul.


Three girls come upon the most famous sight in Macau.


Pro-Vegetarian groups have stuck these all over the backs of street signs in Macau.


Lion at a Chinese temple.


Making large quantities of the famous Macau almond cookies.


Streets in Macau are lined with a mix of Chinese and Portuguese influence.

1 comment:

HF said...

Great post!
Macau is such a wonderful place. Like they say in Portuguese, “não há outra mais leal” (there is no other more loyal).
Helder Fraguas