A week in Taiwan

We doggedly continued to explore Taiwan in the aftermath of the food poisoning that continued to last well after our return to Guangzhou. After a week, our greatest impressions are of how warm and friendly the people are and how much natural beauty exists in Taiwan. We did manage to visit some tourist sights like the National Museum, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial, the Taipei Zoo and Maokong Gondola but it was truly its natural scenic spots that were the highlights for our visit. See for yourself.

BEITOU THERMAL VALLEY

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A MTR ride and a nice short walk gets you to the thermal valley

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Pretty walk to the hot springs

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Hot enough to boil an egg (which the locals use to do here)

ELEPHANT MOUNTAIN

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Start of the hike up Elephant Mountain

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There were a lot of stairs. A challenge given our weak state.

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The beauty kept us going

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View from the top

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The family in Taipei

TAIWAN COAST + YEHLIU GEOPARK

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View of coastline on the way to Jiufen and Yehliu

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Stop at waterfalls on the way. Unfortunately I cannot recall the name of these falls.

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Breathtaking Yehliu Coast

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Strong waves

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Yehliu Geopark

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Yehliu coast with rock formations in the background

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Created by the force of nature

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One of many fossils imbedded in the rocks

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Out of this world scenery at Yehliu

 

Taipei: Night Markets and A Case of Food Poisoning

All visits to Taipei will at some point include a visit to one of its many night markets. Night markets are great places to go to experience the energy of the local life, grab some cheap clothes or accessories and of course sample all the delicious snacks. And it was for all these reasons but particularly the latter that I plugged visits to three different night markets into our week long itinerary. Did I mention that I love food as much as I love travelling?

Our itinerary was great up to our second evening and our visit to the second night market. Shortly after, Marc and I became very good friends with our toilet and continue to maintain a close relationship. My sister-in-law developed some of the symptoms but thankfully escaped the worst of it.

I would not be discouraged from further visits to night markets but I might show a bit more restraint when it comes to my love of shellfish.

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Night markets = stalls upon stalls of food

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And some traditional carnival games

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Or perhaps a game with a more distinctly Taiwanese feel such as this shrimp fishing one

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Eating our way through the night market

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One of the many seafood stalls I visited

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I really should have stuck to food cooked with a blowtorch (Photo by my brother, J.L.)

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Instead I indulged in my love of shellfish. We are pretty sure these are the culprits.