Monday, March 09, 2009

Random Shots from around Macau

And now, random pictures from the Macau leg of my trip:

I guess the nice thing about my camera is that it lets me take arm's-length shots of me with ample space for the background. Not great shots, mind you, but shots nonetheless.

This is the iconic Ruins of St. Paul behind me. The facade of the church is all that's left after a kitchen fire went out of control and burned St. Paul's to the ground. Even then, the facade is unique for its blend of Eastern and Western motifs.

A closer view of the facade. Note the sea grotesques and the Chinese characters.

Just a stone's throw from the Ruins is this Buddhist temple.

The Church of St. Dominic, actually now a museum. The church itself has been preserved, so it looks active, but they no longer hold Masses there. The rest of the building houses a display of church art and relics dating back to the 16th century.

Below are pictures of Largo do Senado, my first stop in Macau. I arrived early so the square was still empty when I got there. By the afternoon, the place was crawling with other tourists.

This is the fountain by the Cathedral square, where I attended Mass.

A Mini-Cooper, a la Austin Powers. Yeah, baby!