An overnight stay in The Venetian Hotel, Macau
I met a wonderful Chinese lady whilst I was in Hong Kong in 2008 and we became close friends. She would often invite me out to wonderful restaurants to introduce me to the cuisine of Hong Kong; and her husband taught me how to [properly] use chopsticks.
We discussed visiting Macau when we both could get time off work, and one weekday we caught the fast boat from Central on HK Island to Macau which takes about an hour. Macau has many casinos and we decided on the Venetian as it had a good mid-week deal and is somewhere we both wanted to see if it was gaudy or stylish!
We caught the shuttle from the ferry terminal to the hotel which took about five minutes and checked in..it was a little gaudy inside but I liked it, there was a range of different roof murals everywhere in the hotel.
After we unpacked we took a walk throughout the casino. It was so big…there were waterways with gondolas, shops and more shops and many restaurants..you name it this casino has it – oh and lots of gaming rooms which we didn’t even bother going into.
Over the next day and a half, we went for a walks exploring Macau and saw the old Macau and the new. There is lots to see and do and I bought some lovely ‘antiques’ from a small shop.
We went to the famous Lord Stowe’s bakery and ate some Portuguese style tarts..which were absolutely delicious and visited one of Macau’s best known landmarks; the ruins of St Paul which are the ruins of a 16th-century complex of what was originally St. Paul’s College and the Church of St. Paul.
We had dinner one evening in one of the restaurants within our casino..all enclosed with an artificial sky with some parts Italy and other parts definitely China (I think the panda bear at the window and the one at the restaurant’s doorway really gives the China influence away).
And we did lots of other sightseeing just checking out the shops.
All in all a lovely couple of days and a place that is definitely worth a visit…