For Labor Day weekend we decided to check out Taipei, Taiwan. It's actually really close to us. Just an hour and a half flight. And just as deathly hot and humid as Okinawa. We had a good time and saw some neat stuff. The first day we focused on the city stuff. Visited Chiang Kai-Shek memorial and Taipei 101. Here's some pictures from those places below!
caught some small changing of guards ceremony
hmmm..looks a little like the Lincoln Memorial if you ask me ;)
The National Concert Hall-wish so bad something had been going on while we were there!
Loved the pretty grounds
The National Theater across from the Concert Hall.
I always think it's cool to see American products in other languages
Next up we went to Taipei 101. Din Tai Fung is a dumpling restaurant that is on everyone's MUST DO list. So I forced Duke to go with me. Neither of us are dumpling people and I would say for dumplings they're are good, but my mind was not blown. Duke decided he still does not like dumplings. I do love fried rice and thought theirs was delicious! The coolest part was watching them make the dumplings. They've got a serious assembly line going and it looks like a tedious job!
Lucy was happy just eating her puffs and getting them on her face.
Taipei 101 was the tallest building in the world from 2004-2010. According to Wikipedia, it's now the 7th tallest. We decided to brave the line and go to the observatory for a view of the city. It was cool I guess. We did the inside view and then climbed up a few more stairs to the outside view as well.
Foggy day but hello Taipei!
Oh and here is Lucy being adorable in the tub! I loved the high back's of these soaking tubs. Each night we were there I took a shower and then soaked in the tub for a while and it was fabulous. Probably the only relaxing I did all weekend!
The next day didn't go as planned and we went by the seat of our pants. We had planned to go to a place called Wulai-which had a beautiful waterfall and hot springs and aborigine villages etc etc. So we were all decked out with our swimsuits on and everything, took the metro to where we would get on the bus and then found out the road to get there was closed due to a typhoon that had hit a couple weeks previously and made it too dangerous to go to. I was pretty sad bc lots of our friends who had been said it was their favorite part of their trip and I felt like it was the day Duke would enjoy the most. So we just decided to go to Maokong. It's an area that's known for tea growing and gondola rides up the mountains. We waited at least an hour in line for the gondola ride. But really it was just restaurants at the top. We walked around for about 15 minutes, then decided to just eat and get out of there. So the day was kinda a bust, but we had a good meal up there and pretty views!
views from the gondola-taipei 101 standing out there!
We ate at this cute cafe and the food was actually pretty good!
also-that is the most American looking salad I have had since leaving in Asia
Had to try some tea since that's what the area is famous for. And look how tiny the teacups were!!
Duke's true feelings about Lucy ;)
going back down the gondola!
scooters are everywhere in this city!
Stayed tuned for Day 3!