Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Praia

Today I had lunch at a friend's house on the Macau Peninsula. She lives in a fairly new building called The Praia (Beach in Portuguese). She's up in the penthouse which takes up the top two floors, 55 and 56. At 607 feet above ground, it claims the title of current tallest residential building in Macau. My friend's view faces east, on a clear day you can see Hong Kong, 30 miles in the distance. Today wasn't a clear day, so you can barely see the water of the Pearl River Delta (where there is no "beach" to speak of) in the distance.

To give you some perspective on how very small Macau actually is, the building where I took this photo is on the western shore of Macau. The photo shows you the eastern shore. The distance between the two? Less than two miles.

It's nice to be head and shoulders above the rest of Macau. But I could do without having my ears pop from simply riding up and down the elevator. Ouch!


  1. When I was living in the Azores, I lived in a town called Praia da Vitoria (Victory Beach). It was a beautiful place. Thanks for the nostalgic reminder. Ahhhhhh...

  2. http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Praia+Da+Vitoria,+Portugal&hl=en&ll=38.419166,-26.993408&spn=1.839824,4.22699&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=58.598104,135.263672&vpsrc=6&hnear=Praia+Da+Vitoria,+Azores,+Portugal&t=h&z=9

  3. I can't wait for you guys to come visit, Clay. It's not Portugal, but there is so much influence!


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