Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to escape work for a few hours and explore the old walled city area of Manila, called Intramuros. Very nice to relax a bit and see something outside a meeting room or my hotel room in Manila.
The Intramuros area is essentially where the Philippines was first colonized, with the first cathedral, a fort, several gardens, and is an area that is 65 hectares surrounded by an historic wall. Today there are only a handful of the initial churches, but it has become a huge student area with several Universities. There is also one excellent handicraft and artifact shop that is worth checking out, Silahis Arts & Artifacts (744 Gen. Luna St. Intramuros)
In getting around you can either walk or hire a bike or horse tour. A friend had recommended the bike tour, and my taxi driver on the way recommended to walk it. I walked the first bit, and then finally succumbed to the bike taxi. I figured it was my way to support something in the economy aside from restaurants. It was a whopping $5 with a generous tip, so I could swing it. I also saw much more of the area than I would have by foot, as it was already getting later in the day.
After touring around I found a lovely place for a nice dinner. The Ristorante Delle Mitre (470 Gen Luna St, Intramuros) even had the motto of “A place for dining and relaxation after a day’s toil.” I finished off my latest book there and it was a tasty dinner. I’ve been impressed with the great salads here, even better lettuce than you might get in the states. They also make an excellent carrot cake!
Enjoy the pictures!