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Published: September 30th 2018
So we got to see Macau in the light of day today and its pretty darn cool, maybe if we go to China again we should stop at Macau first for a few days as a sort of warm up for China, where everything looks a bit different, but there are a few things that are familiar and the language isn't such a big problem - it might lessen the culture shock a little bit. And it's really nice too. I forgot to mention earlier but a massive typhoon ripped through all the places we're visiting a week ago today, but you would hardly know it except for a few trees that they haven't dug up properly yet. They're amazingly efficient here and in Shenzhen too at cleaning up after the storm.
So today after an extremely long breakfast in at the hotel we got our directions to head out to Taipa where all the crazy casinos are and there's some really cool little shops for souvenirs and snacks and all that stuff. On the way to the busses there's a Casino called Wynn that has an awesome fountain out the front that has a show every 15
This place is ridiculous.
minutes - so we stopped an watched that. It's one of those ones that are choreographed to music and it's really clever but the absolute highlight of the display was when Sue, Ivy and Liam screamed in terror when the gas jets fired and sent up these gigantic flames and Ivy was so scared she ran out onto the road...it was cool. Ivy still says that the fire is stupid. After all this time...
So we caught a bus, the bus driver was clearly suicidal, as was everybody else driving at the same time, but we made it there despite a few valiant efforts and walked down a few alleys, tried a few snacks and bought an egg tart that the place is famous for, they're delicious, except the kids don't think so, probably because they're not ice cream or pizza. We walked around for a bit longer and it was flaming hot, so we found an air-conditioned cafe that sold some nice beers so we stuck around there for a bit longer and then started walking towards the mental casinos. On the way there was an old church and some old residences that they have converted into museums,
Street in Taipa
Egg Tarts and Portuguese snacks galore
one of them was all the preserved furniture and stuff from the late 1800s of somebody who used to live there...I think...it was interesting, it would have been an incredible place to live, there was an old fountain down by the walkway and it looks down on a pond filled with Lotus Flowers. They were all dead at the moment, obviously not quite the right season now, but impressive still.
And from there it was a short walk across the lake to where the really, really, *really* expensive casinos are. We walked through the Venetian Casino and it's just crazy money there. The inside is decorated as if you're in Venice. Sounds less impressive than it is, there's gondolas that go around the canals, a replica of St Marco's Square, all that sort of stuff. So we wandered around there for a bit, you could walk for hours and not run out of stuff to see, then started wandering back to another psychotic bus to go home after dinner.
There's a happy hour at our hotel too so we ran there for a couple of drinks when we got home and Liam counted taxis to keep himself interested.
He counted 365 taxis. That sounds like it's not a lot of fun but he genuinely loved it so you know...whatever.
Hong Kong tomorrow. I think we're just going to have a massive breakfast here, go for a swim in the pool at the resort and then head towards the ferry. So that's what's happening!
So yeah, coolio, Bye!
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