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After lunch of noodles and rice, we walked on further up the road. The next stop on the agenda was Guia Fortress, but before that was a visit to a famous dessert shop in Macau.
Lai Kei is a ice cream parlour located in a old row of shoplots on a very narrow main road.
If you walk along the road, its hard not to miss it, as the signs are prominent in English, Chinese and Portuguese.
The menu is chockful with different types of old style ice creams.
I think in the 60’s ice cream parlours like these were popular even in Malaysia, there even one still surviving in Bentong. But the ice cream here is really good.
This is their most popular product, ice cream sandwich in a box. Very nice.
This is how it looks like inside.
Hannah had the banana split. When I was a kid I used to eat banana split at the McDota. Back then my small town didn’t didnt have KFC or McDonald’s yet, so McDota was the coolest joint in town. And Chicken Delight, too, if I may add.
After refreshing desserts (weather was about 15 degrees), we continued up to Guia.
The walk up Guia is not very steep but the climb actually starts from the shops below. There is a bus you can take that drops you near the top, next to hotel Guia.
The whole Guia Hill is a medium sized park that, in addition to the historical complex, also has jogging trails, exercise stations, and other recreational facilities. At 3pm in the afternoon there were lots of people of all ages running around the hill.
But for tourists like us the attraction is the Guia Fort, being the highest point here affords a wondrous view of the whole city.
At the very top is the Guia Fort, where there is a famous lighthouse and chapel. This site has been featured in many movies, most recently in the romance anthology Guia in Love. Beside the chapel there is also a small visitor information centre with a very cute scale model of the fort, plus excellent free wifi. The centre also has a very interesting pictorial history of the fort and surrounding areas.
Phptography is not allowed in the chapel, so i couldn’t take a photo of the chapel. I could only sneak a pic of the fresco.
Much like St. Paul’s Hill, you can tell how much land was reclaimed in recent years by looking at the cannon and shoreline.
Newly-weds taking pics in front of the chapel. It was so cold and windy the bride had to slip on a jacket in between each shot.
I can see some similarities between this fort and St. Paul’s in Malacca, but of course this one is about 200 years later and much better preserved. But of course, the view alone is worth the walk and climb here.
Next – Fine Dining at Escada.