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Published: October 23rd 2005
All the photos are in the dead of night, I'm glad it ended up that way but Macau was a quick trip. Nick, a young Kiwi toymaker, and I headed for Hong Kong central and had a great time, sleeping half the day away when I should have been on a boat to Macau. When I had finally made it it was already dark and with a flight at noon the next day I chose the obvious. Ditch the bag at the ferry station and walk with the camera, all night, no hotel.
I headed for Taipa, one of two small islands connected by bridge, Florida Keys style, I was in search of a good Macanese meal in the old Portuguese district. Sausage with wicked spice and potato soup hit the spot, not so different as I was looking for though. Caught a bus back to Macau just before they finished for the night.
St Anthony was the first chapel I found, built in 1558 and like all the others burnt down and restored several times over. On June 13, a ceremony is held with the regions small delegation of military personal as Anthony was a military saint.
Just setting out on my night of walking.
Wandering in the dark, map in hand, I couldn't believe I hadn't seen Macaus most famous site, St Paul's, then, thru the small alley, looming wasn't the word. Built by Japanese Christians who fled persecution from their country, the church rests on high in the heart of the city. The facade was stone the rest of the church was burnable and nothing remains, victim of a kitchen fire when the site was operating as a college. The details on the facade are hodge podge, a Chinese dragon, Virgin Mary, devil, Portuguese Sailing ship. This is the symbol of Macau and I'm damn glad I didn't see it with everyone crawling all over it in the morning.
In the morning I staggered into Senado Square, it is between St. Paul's and St. Augustine and home to the typical McStarfriedchicken collection. With no other quick choices I visited one of them on my way to the airport, guess which one.
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