Tuesday, November 24, 2015

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

The concrete pavements bounded on both sides by shops, eateries, and residences housed in century-old buildings is a comforting scene as we allow ourselves to be lost.  To simply walk around is the game plan for the day.

Almost every day when we’re in Macau, my family and I would go visit the Ruins of Saint Paul and the squares around following the same directional routes as other tourists would endure.  But with the recent visit with my travel buddies, a deviation from the usual route was taken and I was taken aback of the alleys and street discoveries. 

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
THE SCENIC AND PEACEFUL ALLEY
The unfamiliar street and alley names has a distinct character of its own.  Honestly, I would not be able to remember all their names but commerce do flourish on this side of the unknown. 

Cookies, beef jerkies and pastries were some of the free samples offered enroute to the Ruins of Saint Paul.  The familiar offerings include Macanese tarts, pork chop buns, cakes and fruits.  But before we even went straight to the Ruins of Saint Paul, we made a detour to the left side and found a corner which declares the narrow descent of stairs as the Portuguese street art.  And so we followed the signage.

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
BEEF JERKIES ON FREE TASTE
OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS HOUSED IN CENTURY-OLD BUILDINGS
OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
THE ICONIC LANDMARK
There are murals of Portuguese arts and prominently featuring a rooster which has a unique historical story attached to it as told by an accommodating and friendly Filipino vendor.  His souvenir shop is next to artistically designed interiors of coffee shops and colorful residences making it a favorite spot as backdrop for pictorials. 

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
WANT TO SEND SOME POSTCARDS?
OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
THE PORTUGUESE ALLEY OF ARTS
OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
THE SHOPS FOR DESSERTS
The food hunt follows shortly as it was past noon.  But along with the food hunt comes the discovery of more alleys and art shops.  Despite the midday, we were comforted from the intense heat by the towering old residential houses of Macau which architecture proves to be a fusion of Chinese and Portuguese.

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
A FUSION OF ARCHITECTURE INFLUENCE

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Making the no-planned itinerary perfect, we discovered that there are alleys dedicated to Indonesian, Malays, Indian cuisines, fashion shops of all sorts, a small plaza with a playground abound colorful graffiti, offices and apartments, where bricked walls add character to the fa├žade and the over-all landscape.  The day was spent literally on a walk-through of the side streets that surround the squares leading to the Ruins of Saint Paul.

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

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OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
OLD-SCHOOL BARBER SHOP
Scaffoldings made of bamboo, dilapidated windows and doors of white-washed painted buildings and intertwined electrical wirings were a constant sight as we move from one alley to another.  It truly has a charm of its own.

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

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OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

Then we settled for lunch at one of the eateries which serves authentic street foods in the form of fishballs, squidballs and the likes.  Though non-air-conditioned, the free wifi and charging station makes it a lot more convenient and a top choice (at least for me).  Since we’ll be having buffet dinner at one of the five-star hotels of Macau, the food intake for lunch would suffice as of the moment.  Cost wise and convenience, the snack eatery is highly recommended.

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO

The Saint Dominic’s Square and the Ruins of Saint Paul may have served as the focal point of our morning discovery but it also served as our last stop for the nights at Macau with no less than a drinking spree with friends.

OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
SAINT DOMINIC'S SQUARE AND THE CHURCH
OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE RUINS OF SAINT PAUL
OUTSIDE THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTRE OF MACAO
AN ALLEY AT THE SENADO SQUARE

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