Free from the reigns of our perpetually moody driver, we had a blissful day of warm sunshine. This would actually have been an ideal day to have taken a trip to Maokong or similar, but we hadn’t really thought about what we wanted to do, so we ended up going to Taipei 101 to the Din Tai Fung, then still not knowing what to do, we walked to the nearby Taipei Museum, which is all about the history of Taipei city. It’s not bad for a free destination but really doesn’t have to be on any To-dos. We took it easy and just enjoyed the lovely weather.
We spent the evening at Ximending and had the famous goose for dinner. That morning we were also in Ximending having breakfast at a very famous Yong He Dou Jiang, but it’s nothing special and our hawker centre 油条 tastes so much better. We also tried the famous oyster mee sua, and for someone who does NOT eat shell fish including oysters, mussels, clams (except the tiny ones in miso soup), escargot, lala, gong gong etc., I found it very tolerable. The taste was probably masked by all the MSG :p
The next morning we thought about going to the National Palace Museum (which is apparently one of the top 4 museums in the world, probably for Chinese artifacts methinks, and has a kids area), or take a gondola up to Maokong, but since we had to depart for the airport at 3pm we wouldn’t have had enough time to do either. It was a pity because our flight was eventually delayed for 1.5 hours due to super heavy traffic on the runways, so we could have spent more time in Taipei than on the plane trying to entertain the kids.
In the end we headed to Da’an for some Shanghainese dumplings and the famous Yong Kang beef noodles, which was not bad, and even Scout loved it. It’s a nice area, and a short walk away is the Da’an Forest Park with a nice playground. The kids got to play for a while before we made our way back to the hotel and then onward to the airport.
It was a nice way to end the trip, and the last 2 days really made me wonder how much kids get out of a holiday like this. I think they enjoy the interaction with everyone, and the little things, like just being on the train, or just being in the hotel room, or having some nice shaven ice with mangoes and ice cream, more than the sights. Thank you for the memories, Taiwan, I’m sure we’ll be back soon!
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