Taiwan: The National Palace Museum & The Grand Hotel (film)

The National Palace Museum

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As I mentioned in my last post, this place was rather hard to get to. Our first bus didn’t come so we took another, then our second bus didn’t come so we took a taxi. Luckily, as with most things, taxis are pretty cheap in Taipei.

Looking back down over the grand entrance

Looking back down over the grand entrance

We read in our guidebooks and online that we should allow a whole day for this museum so when we heard the hotel offered a tour of Taipei that would only give us a 55 minute stop here we scoffed at the idea. When we finally got there we were starting to get hungry but decided to give ourselves 3 hours to see it all.

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45 minutes later, with our stomachs growling, we were practically running to finish the top floor. We left the museum before an hour had passed.

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I learned a few things from the trip to this museum: 1) I’d really like to get one of those stemmed bowls the ancients used for eating my cereal in the morning. 2) As much as I love history, I’d rather wander city streets than spend all day in a museum looking at calligraphy and pottery – paintings are another thing though. 3) I should never try to do anything that requires focus while I’m hungry.

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There were some pretty cute guards at the entrance

There were some pretty cute guards at the entrance

The Grand Hotel

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This has to be one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. Its incredibly ornate.

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And the interior is in technicolor! Haha I love the way this came out..the table looks like it's floating!

And the interior is in technicolor! Haha I love the way this came out..the table looks like it's floating!

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Then we walked down the hill to continue the long walk back to our hotel (instead of making another attempt at public transportation), and saw this old man walking barefoot on these rocks. Of course we had to give it a try..

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We had been walking for miles so our feet were pretty sore by this point…and this hurt like crazy!! Haha, we did feel a little refreshed after though.

A fancy bus stop below the hotel.

We kept walking home and… more pictures tomorrow! : )

*click images for full view please!

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5 responses to “Taiwan: The National Palace Museum & The Grand Hotel (film)

  1. These photos are fantastic, Allison! Everything looks so beautiful. I think I am going to have to add Taipei to my “Places I want to visit”-list! I wonder how much it would cost to stay at that amazingly beautiful hotel!
    Can’t wait to see more :)

    • Yeah you should add it!! I recommend it simply because of how fun it was to try all the street food and to see all the bright colors. Then you can stay at the Grand Hotel and let me know how it was :)

  2. beautiful shots!! the colors are so bright and that hotel really is impressive looking. i can so much relate to your i’m hungry and therefore unable to concentrate issue – me too! it’s like someone took the batteries out and i just can’t think of anything but food : ) looking forward to more teipei

  3. i tried that walking on rocks thing when i was in indonesia at a park. it hurt so bad but i made it around the small track. my sister on the other hand wasn’t so successful. i don’t remember what the deal was with them but i remember that painful experience vividly. HaHA!

    • Haha yeah to be honest we were a little shocked at how much it hurt. We had to really gather our courage to go back once we got to the end!

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