March 26, 2014

We left Los Angeles on March 25 at noon and arrived, via Narita (Tokyo) in Taipai, Taiwan (for those of you who remember some history, Taiwan was once called Formosa) at 10 at night on March 26. One very long day. Customs line was long, but moved somewhat quickly. By the time we made it through our bags were circling on the carousel waiting for us (yes, we sent our bags through). Our driver was waiting for us, with a sign with my name. That does make life so much easier as there were throngs and throngs of people (a theme to be repeated).

It is always difficult to arrive in a new city at night, because you can’t get oriented, you can’t tell what you are looking at and you have no idea where you are. We did see some young men playing basketball in a lit, outdoor court (note – it was 11:30 at night!). And lots and lots of motorcycles parked one next to the other (another theme to be repeated). After about a 30 min drive, we arrived at the Grand Hotel. The first sight is a large Chinese Gate (Paifang) at the entrance, followed by a long driveway lined with flowers up to the massive Chinese building.

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Arrival in Taiwan

National Palace Museum, National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine, Longshan Temple, Shilin night market

Karaoke in the park

Yangmingshan National Park, Taipei 101, Din Tai Fong

Chiang Kei-Shek Memorial, Nanmen market

Daan Forest Park, Taipei 101 (part 2),


Dihua Street, Night market

Pitou Bay, Northeast Coast National Scenic Area, Jiufen,

Taroka Gorge

Taroka Gorge part 2

Taroka Gorge part 3

Final thoughts on Taiwan