The travel guides I had read before coming to Taipei described Longshan Temple as the most famous Buddhist temple in the Taiwanese capital.
Because of that, I included the temple in my must-see sights in Taipei.
But Longshan Temple is, first and foremost, a place of worship. So when I was there, I tried to be as unobtrusive as possible.
No one seemed to care that I was taking pictures there. They were busy with their rituals and prayers. Besides, most likely they’re also used to seeing tourists doing touristy activities in the temple.
After visiting Longshan Temple, we returned to the hotel to have breakfast.
Then I went to the Taipei Main Station to take pictures and to check out the Taoyuan Airport MRT. I have to be familiar with the station because I’m definitely going back to Taipei someday.
We started our tour quite late today because we wanted to see Taipei 101 at night.
Our first destination was the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall.
It’s just one MRT station away from Taipei City Hall, where there’s a better view of Taipei 101. That’s based on my Internet research.
I wasn’t satisfied with our earlier pictures of Taipei 101, so I felt that another photo opp was necessary. Besides, I wanted to have night view pics of the building.
Our last stop was the Ximending shopping area. It’s not really a destination for us because it’s actually our “home” in Taipei. But it was my first time to actively take pictures of it so I included it in this blog post.
The National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine, the National Palace Museum and Shilin Night Market must be visited on the same day if you’re touring Taipei, Taiwan for practical reasons – they are close to one another geographically.
Having (late) lunch at Din Tai Fung in Taipei 101 is like hitting two birds with one stone: Enjoying the food at the restaurant’s birthplace and at the same time, seeing the building that used to be the tallest in the world.
Pork xiao long bao:
I felt that we could take better pictures of Taipei 101 if we were a bit farther away from it, so we went to Daan Park:
It was a little bit far. I walked around for a few minutes to look for a spot where there’s an unobstructed view of Taipei 101. I didn’t find any, but I stumbled upon this:
It was a spot close to the Xinyi Anhe subway station where we were able to take good pictures of Taipei 101:
Our next destination was the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall:
(September 25, 2016, Sunday) Good thing our third and last Airbnb flat in Paris was close to the Eiffel Tower. On our last day in the French capital, I walked from our flat to the tower to take a last look at it.
It was a dream come true for me when I set foot on Paris for the first time in 2009.
Was I happy? Of course! But I must say that I wasn’t totally happy. I realized then that it wasn’t enough to follow your dreams. It was something akin to “success is nothing without someone you love to share it with.”
(September 23, 2016, Friday) Today we went to the Palace of Versailles or Château de Versailles, located on the outskirts of Paris.
While at the palace all I could think of was that it symbolized the ostentatious lifestyle of the French monarchy at a time when the people were suffering. The people were so enraged that, eventually, they beheaded Queen Marie Antoinette near the end of the 18th century.
I don’t think it’s possible to explore the entire palace in a day without your legs killing you. So unless you’ve competed in an Olympic Marathon (and won a bronze medal, at least), I suggest you visit the Hall of Mirrors first, the central gallery of the palace. For me, it’s the essence of the Palace of Versailles.