Intramuros, Manila. A blast from the very distant past.
Intramuros was once the walled City of Manila during the Spanish occupation.
It was a spur of the moment decision with some of my family members. While there’s definitely a lot more to see in Manila, spending some time in this once fortified area was worth the blistering heat and traffic.
There are different ways to go about touring the area. We chose to walk for several reasons.
1) We cannot agree on what other modes of transportation we all want to take.
2) I have an irrational fear of horses.
3) My mother refuses to ride a Segway, unlike these Koreans.
4) And there’s just something really funny about these lowriders.
Transportation aside, we all seemed to agree on where we wanted to eat. Ristorante delle Mitre situated right across San Agustin Church. The uniqueness of this restaurant is that it was originally put up to serve Bishops (the restaurant is below the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines or CBCP) but has now been opened to the public. Religiosity aside, cheek and sass have been added to this place by creating menu named after the bishops of this country.
After lunch, the much needed walk.
All guards still use the old Guardia Civil uniform.
San Agustin Church
You will see ancient armory in several nooks and crannies.
At the Puerta del Parian.
Stop over at Manila Bay.
And a quick tour at the Air Force Museum.