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Taking the 75-minute ferry
over from Hong Kong to Macau, also referred to as the Las
Vegas of Asia, was smooth and pretty ease free trip. Arrived
at our hotel - Sofitel - Ponte 16, very nice 5-star hotel.
Beautifully decorated, probably one of the top "modern-meets-traditional"
designs we have come across so far during the trip, although
the casino was certainly questionable. Way too smoky and
very strange lighting in the gambling areas. Felt more like
a bingo hall rather than a top-rated luxury hotel. We didn't
spend too much time there... After a little Black Jack and
some slot play, we surrendered. And no luck was on our side
either, really? What a shock! But oh well, at least we had
fun for those 5 minutes...
Other than visiting a few other high rated properties like
the Wynn and Venetian, there were not too many things to
experience in Macau. Gather that we didn't spend very
much time exploring, but to us, the city was just really
worn out with Portuguese architectural influence combined
with musty air and shady neighborhoods. Perhaps if the city
went through a complete face lift our experience would be
different, but we highly doubt it. Just not our style.
Out & About
Ready to try our luck at the Wynn.
Unfortunately, only Baccarat tables seemed to be popular
and a total of TWO Black Jack tables were open. And
of course these were full. Grrrr.... But to think about
it, perhaps the tables being full was in our favor.
We had to leave and see if our luck was better at MGM.
Uhmm. NOT! Better to lose at
one casino than two?!
At night, the view from our hotel room was not too shabby.
There was plenty of lights
to illuminate the more desired parts of the city.
Just like in Venice (okay a bit far from it, missing
the "true" smell of the gondola city), or the Las Vegas
Venetian (which is pretty much an exact replica). Shopping