The National Palace Museum
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Grand Hotel
This has to be one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. Its incredibly ornate.
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..
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.
We kept walking home and… more pictures tomorrow! : )
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