It’s pretty amazing how our Saturday in Macau started at a climax with our bungy jump at Macau Tower and we just had to spend the rest of the day on a slower note and trying to calm down! Haha… Of course, Macau can offer so many attractions and destinations that can help us do just that! Read on to find out more! 🙂
[Experience Macau May 2013]
18th May 2013 – Day 3
History, Culture, Art & Food of Macau all in a day!
Grand Prix Museum 大賽車博物館 & Wine Museum 葡萄酒博物館
The exhibition galleries of both the Grand Prix Museum and Wine Museum are actually located side by side in the same building. Thus, it’ll be great to make time for both if you are planning to head that way!
And so, we started off with the Grand Prix Museum…
The Grand Prix Museum was officially opened in 1993 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Macau Grand Prix. The gallery exhibits close to 30 exhibits that ranges from the most unique F3 cars and motorbikes or legendary drivers and riders as well as their related memorabilia.
The first exhibit when you enter the gallery, they take you right back to the halycon days through an informative storyboard and a display of the triumph TR2 driven by Eduardo de Carvalho who won the first Macau Grand Prix!
And moving on to the Wine Museum… At the spacious Wine Museum, you can learn and pick up on the history and information of Portuguese culture, traditions, daily life and celebratory rituals and at the same time, experience wine production through the exhibits. The exhibition space houses more than 1000 different wine brands of Portuguese wine (600 are commercial wines and the rest are collection wines) which comes from the different regions of Portugal.
These black colored costume is actually a wedding outfit! Very much in contrary to our Chinese traditional ones isn’t it?
And with a toast of the wine, we ended our tour at the museums! Unknowingly, it was lunch time already! We do deserve a feast after the bungy jump that morning, don’t we? 🙂
天 Sky 21 Bar & Restaurant
21/F, AIA Tower, 251A – 301
Avenida Comercial de Macau, Macau
Sky 21 is the ultimate have-it-all entertainment destination set atop a sky-high landmark to serve first-rate Asian gourmet with the best mix of music in a sleek and luxurious bar and restaurant space. And since we started off our morning on the high at Macau Tower, of course that calls for lunch on the high too at the only restaurant in Macau located on high grounds!
From the deck on the bar level, you get a panoramic view of a transition of Macau… From the old residential area, to the scenic Nam Van Lake 南湾湖 to the commercial areas on the Macau Peninsular. And I’m sure this will be an awesome place to be to experience a sunset in Macau! 🙂
Enough of the scenery, here’s the food we had over lunch!
Lunch at Sky 21 was one of my favourite most over this trip to Macau. I’m not too sure if I am just too comfortable with these familiar Asian flavors but I really enjoyed the food served to us. And if I have to pick out one dish to recommend, I will say the Stir Fried Pork Neck in Red Curry! Love the soft and tender pork neck slices coated in luscious flavors in the red curry. Divine combination!
Museum of Macau 澳門博物館
Our next stop immediately after lunch was at Meseu de Macau or simply The Macau Museum. It is a historical and cultural museum with a vast number of objects with great historical values that demonstrates the way of life and cultures of the various communities which have inhabited the city of Macau.
The museum is located in Mount Fortress which was built by the Jesuits in the early 17th century where it serves as the city’s principal military defense structure.
I so want my marriage certificate like that! Feels more impressive and momentous as compared to what the marriage certificates looked like these days don’t you think? 😀
Pretty creepy standing right there among the puppets that are about the size of a young kid actually!
Ruins of St. Paul’s 大三巴牌坊
The Church of Mater Dei built in 1602-1640 but destroyed by a fire in 1835 and leaving behind only the facade and what we all know it as the Ruins of St. Paul’s. Today, the facade is about 200 years old and had to be supported with reinforced structures. But evidly, you can see still see on the walls, the cross of Western and Chinese cultures in the olden days of Macau.
This a popular tourist spot in Macau and the square in front of the Ruins of St. Paul’s is forever crowded unless you visit the place in the middle of the night. And it’s obvious I refused to take a photo of the full wall and let the crowd ruin the picture isn’t it? Hehe…
And if you’re wondering why such abstract shots of the facade, it’s simply because I can’t get one without a massive crowd mingling around! See example below… Haha!
St. Lazarus District
The European-inspired district consists of cobbled streets and historic houses and if you like a break from the bustling Macau streets, this is the way to go!
The highlight of the area is the Albergue da Santa Casa da Misericórdia 澳門仁慈堂婆仔屋 or also known as the Old Ladies’ House where elderly spinsters used to live. Today, the place serves as a venue for the display of works by Macanese and Portuguese artists.
There, I spotted a restaurant in its quaint courtyard. It must be really nice to unwind and enjoy dinner there with a couple of good friends after a long day at work! I must head there if I ever go back to Macau again!
After a couple of blocks from the Albergue SCM in the St. Lazarus District, we arrived at Tap Seac Square!
Tap Seac District 塔石廣場
The square features a collection of neo-classical buildings built in the early 20th century and with their facades painted in dark red and ochre, I entered one building in search of a public washroom and found myself standing in the Central Library of Macau!
More posts from Experience Macau May 2013 travelogue series:
- 16th May 2013 – City of Dreams & Beijing Kitchen
- 16th May 2013 – The House of Dancing Water 水舞間
- 17th May 2013 – Feast of the Drunken Dragon
- 17th May 2013 – Largo do Senado (Senate Square/ Senado Square)
- 17th May 2013 – Penha Church, Lilau Square, Mandarin’s House & A-Ma Temple
- 17th May 2013 – Carnival 3D Light Show @ The Venetian
- 18th May 2013 – Macau Tower & Bungy Jump
- 18th May 2013 – History, Culture, Art & Food of Macau all in a day!
- 19th May 2013 – Guia Lighthouse, Coloane Village and Taipa Village
- 19th May 2013 – Eats in Coloane Village and Taipa Village