As it was, we did plenty in Taipei in the weekend that we did have. That was back in January - how time flies. I've started working now and my weeks are a delicious blur of busy, resulting in me having more than ever to say on my blog but less time to write it!
So... back in January...in Taipei...'Twas a rainy day but that didn't spoil the fun. Our Nephew had the brilliant idea of getting a taxi for the day. For a reasonable sum of money you can hire the taxi to take you around the city and beyond for as long as you want. The Driver will wait for you. If you get one who speaks your language he'll act as a sort of tour guide and suggest places to go also. We found our guy through a poster in a taxi. The sign was in Chinese but my Nephew acted as interpreter, (and also insisted on paying which is why I don't know for sure how much it cost - they do spoil us!) but it is possible to get English speaking drivers too. You'll know when you see a sign posted in a a taxi in English. I'd imagine the hotel concierge will also be able to help you find one.
The first place we visited was a small sea-side town called Danshui. In hindsight we realized that it was a bit far flung for the taxi tour and we'd have been better to locate our stops closer together, but my Husband's family wanted to show us this delightful spot and we were happy to go. You can also get here on the MRT (the commuter train system in the city).
Or if you feel brave enough, scooters are a very popular mode of transport in Taiwan.
From here we drove about thirty minutes to our next stop - Shifen waterfall. There are lots of waterfall in Taiwan, so it would be possible to do a dedicated waterfall tour. This was just a taster.
We went into a store to buy one. You have to write your wishes on the lantern. They gave us a paint brush and black paint and we set to work. While we were doing this, we heard a loud engine sound and a whoosh. A train had just passed literally inches from the door of the shop. I'd assumed that the tracks were no longer in use what with all the commotion on them but not so! I ran out and managed to get a picture of the train as it disappeared out of the village.
Next post I'll tell you about the trip to Taroko gorge.