Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My new sweater....

" If it aint Dutch, it ain't much"!

My new sweater;)

 

 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Last day

Today was a fun day again. I went to a flower market and also a jade market. Jade is very popular here and since beads are my thing i thought I' check it out..... :). They were in the same place so very convenient.

There were such beaultiful orchids at the flower market, amazing! I did find some fun beads too. And look at the tea packaging.

My final outing was to another, you guessed it, temple. It even had a public health nurse checking blood pressures! And the line ups to be blessed by some nuns were hours long.

 
 
 
 
 
The final image that upset me was of a blind man, whose parents had him play music in the hopes to raise money, hopefully for his care?

And then the week was over.... An amazing experience yet again!

 

 

 

 

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On Friday I did a number of things. I visited Taipei 101, the highest tower here in Taiwan. (Second highest in the world.) The elevator takes you to the top in 37 seconds! It is pressurized like an airplane and so you don't notice the pressure change. The view was stunning.

 
 
I also visited the Chan Kai Shek memorial and the national theatre and national concert hall nearby. Very impressive when you stand there and realize he is responsible for the current split of communism and China in Taiwan.
 

Of course another temple or the day wouldn't be complete....:) The table you see is full of food, and presents for the Gods. They are sold right. In the temple so you can be sure not to forget! The temples are so interesting. They are in the midst of life and everything goes on there. It is a great place to rest and watch people.

 
And finally the famous Shilin night market. Absolutely crazy but a lot of fun. These kids ar "shrimping" with real live shrimp!

 

 

 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Another day in Taiwan

On Friday I did a number of things. I visited Taipei 101, the highest tower here in Taiwan. (Second highest in the world.) The elevator takes you to the top in 37 seconds! It is pressurized like an airplane and so you don't notice the pressure change. The view was stunning.

 
 
I also visited the Chan Kai Shek memorial and the national theatre and national concert hall nearby. Very impressive when you stand there and realize he is responsible for the current split of communism and China in Taiwan.
 

Of course another temple or the day wouldn't be complete....:) The table you see is full of food, and presents for the Gods. They are sold right. In the temple so you can be sure not to forget! The temples are so interesting. They are in the midst of life and everything goes on there. It is a great place to rest and watch people.

 
And finally the famous Shilin night market. Absolutely crazy but a lot of fun. These kids ar "shrimping" with real live shrimp!

 

 

 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Jioufen

One thing you see a lot of in Taiwan are scooters and motor cycles. It is like Holland for the bikes!

Yesterday we took another tour. After wandering through a fun neighbourhood, where there was a market with very interesing food items......we went to the coast to an old town high up in the mountains. Taiwan is very mountenous, and very green and lush. It reminds me of Hawai. Jioufen is a very old little town and quite pretty with great views. Unfortunately it poured rain, but I am sure the Bhuddist gods would say it is good for you. The tour guide told us that the graves, that look like little shrines or houses against the mountain where you can make offerings to the Gods, are good Feng Shui.... They for sure are beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Taroko Gorge

Yesterday we travelled to the eastern part of Taiwan to visit the Taroko Gorge. Just incredible. We flew with a local airline (!) to the area and then travelled to the gorge. So much to see. What is most incredible is that it is all marble!

 
 
 
 
We also stopped to visit this Bhudist temple. There is something about them that makes me want to see all of them.

 
 
 
 



 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Taiwan

I arrived in Taiwan, after some delays, on Monday morning. Since the first 2 days were meetings in didn't have time to see much. Today after the meeting though I took the subway to Dansui, a suburb of Taipei, and wandered around. Lots to see!!!!!

In the hotel: a shower for VERY short people, a sit shower really!

View from my room
Delicious squid!
Longshan Temple
Tea house

 
Golden roof....
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Montreal

We spent a weekend in Montreal to get away from it all. We took the train and hung out in a great hotel (hotel Place D'Armes) in old Montreal, eat in great restaurant, heard music, went to several museums. All in all, a great time in a great city! While there we discovered this great store with stunning jewelry, created by 3 Israeli people. The jewelery group is called Artisan Impact. I love their work.