Erwin and I wanted to see the pandas of Macau, but Papa wanted to ride a gondola with Mama. We could have easily gone on our own but it was Papa’s first international trip so we skipped the pandas.
I only considered this option on how to go to The Venetian, Macau, as suggested by the Filipino guard at the church in Senado Square:
1) From Rua do Dr. Pedro Jose Lobo ( Senado Square), take the free Galaxy Macau shuttle bus that stops at, well, Galaxy Macau.
2) Transfer to the bus that says The Venetian. And then you’re there.
*The free shuttle bus terminals of Galaxy Macau and The Venetian transports visitors to almost any points in Macau, including the international airport and seaport.
The free ride took roughly 15 minutes. It’s like a free, short city tour, passing along Macau Tower, which we didn’t visit because of time constraints. And because we are with the parents. You know…bungee jumping… They may not be able to handle the tension.
I was expecting a natural setting for that gondola ride in Macau but we were directed to the third floor – or second – of The Venetian. I didn’t see the canal first. What I saw was a huge crowd, most of them gazing upwards. The ceiling was designed like a real sky, creating an open space illusion, and it was forever lit I don’t know what time it suggests. There was no sense of time in that area (or in the whole building because aren’t casinos supposed to NOT tell time?).
For 118 HKD per adult, Papa and Mama sailed on a man-made waterway (that looked like a swimming pool but worked its magic when a gondola passed through) for about 12 minutes with a Korean couple, and a Filipina gondolier who belted out 2 songs perfectly.
I ran a couple of times along their way as I tried to capture a romantic once-in-a-lifetime gondola ride that made my Papa cry tears of joy. The price was worth it.
The pandas can wait.