Macau

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week..
We arrived home from our trip to Macau on Monday afternoon (like Hong Kong, it only takes a few hours by car to get there from Guangzhou) and are happy to be back! It’s a funny little place.. 
I’d heard that Macau was also known as Chinese Vegas so I was expecting the hotels to be very over the top. We decided to stay at the MGM but were also considering The Venetian – after visiting it we were SO glad we didn’t stay there. I’ve never seen a hotel so busy, people were queueing just to get into lifts to take them to their hotel rooms 😱 but we enjoyed walking around and seeing how they’d created a miniature Venice inside.

We also came across a sports bar/pub in there and joked that it would be amazing if they did proper English pub food. THEY DID!! Toby was very excited to order a steak and ale pie with mash & vegetables and even more excited to eat it. I think we would go back to Macau just to eat there again – pies and mash are hard to find in China, believe it or not..
Despite it being the most densely populated region in the world (it really is a tiny county) it seemed so eerily quite when you stepped outside of the giant hotels. Clearly everyone was too busy shopping and gambling. The casinos were crazy! Speaking of which, I discovered I’m slightly addicted to playing Roulette (it seems to be the only game I actually know how to play) and also very unlucky, but compared to the amounts of money others were pumping into the machines around us I felt very sensible 🤓
We only spent 1 full day over there and I wanted to make the most of our time so we did a lot of walking. Macau belonged to Portugal until sovereignty was handed back to China in 1999 so there are Portuguese influences everywhere you look, from the buildings to road signs. It was strange to see street names in Portuguese with the translation in Chinese characters underneath.

It almost felt like we were in Europe and I strangely found the Portugese signs quite comforting, I suppose that’s because they’re familiar and I could actually make sense of what they were saying! 
The architecture was beautiful. There were so many old Churches and tree lined streets with courtyards – I could imagine little cafes serving sangria and tapas in the sun, but it is still the East so there was none of that! 


One of the best parts of the trip was the Portuguese egg tarts. They were soooo good I would have happily taken several boxes home with us, but as I need to squeeze myself into a wedding dress soon I thought it would be best for everyone if I didn’t.. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 
Time to get planning the next trip away.. post holiday blues are the worst! Macau was good fun but I don’t think I would hurry back. XO

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