We had an 8:40PM direct flight out of Schiphol in Amsterdam to Taipei. Joe dropped Chance off late afternoon at the dog boarding location, then the 3 of us and all our luggage drove up to the airport.
We arrived at 14:40. We had beef noodle soup for dinner.
We went to Soybean milk magnate for breakfast.
We had pounded rice noodle dish for dinner.
Today we met up with Matt, Sunny and JJ at the Taipei Zoo.
Hip, Hip, Hippopotamus
Yay let’s smell animal feces…their choice in displays at the zoo were questionable
Understanding Wild Asses, even Brooklyn’s
Hand over the ice cream Daddy
Brooklyn by the giraffes
Brooklyn watching the antelope
Passed out kids at the zoo
Daddy and Brooklyn riding the Maokong gondola
Jackie and Brooklyn at teahouse
Brooklyn attempting to hug JJ after lunch at the teahouse
After the teahouse lunch we walked further by a temple
And then visited the Tea Promotion Center where we had a demonstration all about tea.
We had dinner at a restaurant, Xiang Ba Lao, that served the original general tso's, not the Americanized version. This was so much better!
Guang-Hsiao Hall built in 1924 is a traditional family home reconstructed at the National Center for Traditional Arts
We visitied the Tangweigou Jiaosi Hot Spring Park.
Today we rode out to Joe’s Uncle’s vacation home near Shihmen. We drove around Shihmen reservoir and the dam. Next we went to Joe’s Aunt’s place in Hsinchu. We had lunch by the cultural plaza. We went to the shopping mall where his cousin works at Hugo Boss. Next we went to the market around the temple and enjoyed some bubble tea. We picked up Joe’s cousin and then went to dinner at a seafood place on harbor. His cousin and other family members were successful playing with Brooklyn when they took her away from her Mama. Her separation anxiety was at an all-time high here in Taiwan. Mom could not be around if someone else wanted to hold her.
We had breakfast at the Soybean Milk Magnate. We went shopping today. Jackie went for a haircut while Joe’s mom had her hair done.
We went shopping with Joe’s Uncle today.
We had an early 7:40am flight to Penghu from Songshan to Magong Airport.
Penghu Tianhou or Matsu Temple with 400 years of history, making it possibly the oldest standing Taiwanese temple.
For dinner we had a seafood feast (and helped some Swiss semester abroad students order their dinner).
Today on Penghu we drove north.
We drove across the Penghu Sea-Crossing Bridge or Penghu Great Bridge which the islanders are quite proud of but it’s rather unimpressive.
Cutie on the rocks
Momma and Brooklyn
Mom, Joe and Brooklyn on the south coast of Penghu at sunset
Brooklyn and Daddy at sunset on the coast of Penghu Islands
Flying high with Daddy
Crawling/walking on the rock foot massage
Beautiful sunset on Penghu Island in Taiwan with Brooklyn
Sunset on Penghu Island
Today after breakfast at the hotel, we drove into Magong and took a ferry boat to visit some of the other Penghu Islands.
The only seats still available together were down below without a view of the horizon. All of us were real worried about getting seasick. The waves were pretty fierce rocking the boat. Thankfully the rocking put most of us to sleep.
First stop was a temple, but mainly it was for a bathroom since there were not any on the ferry boat nor on the tour bus taking us around the island.
Twin Hearts Stone Weir, Cimei, Penghu Islands, Taiwan
Mom, Brooklyn and Jackie at Twin Hearts Stone Weir on Cimei, Penghu Islands, Taiwan
Joe and Matt hiked down the path to get a closer view of the Twin Hearts Stone Weir
Jackie waving hello from atop the cliffside viewpoint
The next island we got off of the ferry boat at was Wangan.
Mom and Brooklyn on Tiantai Hill, Wangan Island, Penghu, Taiwan
Brooklyn walking with her grandma on Tiantai Hill, Wangan Island, Penghu, Taiwan
Mom, Jackie and Brooklyn at Tiantai Hill, Wangan Island, Penghu, Taiwan
Brooklyn walking holding Jackie’s hand
Family Picture in Penghu Islands, Taiwan
Joe, Jackie and Brooklyn in Penghu Islands, Taiwan
Joe walking along the water with Brooklyn
Joe threatening to throw Brooklyn into the Taiwan Strait
Zhongshe Historic Village (中社古厝) on the west side of Wangen Island from about two hundred years ago.
Joe really likes these old water pumps
We had some shaved ice in Magong before heading back to the hotel.
Brooklyn walking the sandy beach with Daddy in Penghu
We had an evening flight back to mainland Taiwan.
Mom, Jackie, Brooklyn, Dad
Joe with his parents and daughter
Someone’s got a mischievous look on her face...
and that would be why…
A girl and her panda
She learned how to make the American Indian noise with her hand on her mouth, next up learning to blow kisses
Brooklyn and momma
Brooklyn with her grandparents
Brooklyn, Jackie, Mom and Dad
Brooklyn watching the dogs at the park
Mom, Brooklyn and Jackie
Walking holding momma’s hand
Momma swinging Brooklyn
Walking with momma and Grandpa
Walking with momma and Grandpa
Brooklyn going down the slide
Brooklyn riding the bouncy spring apparatus
Joe’s Uncle drove us around again today. First we stopped in a park and visited the Chiang Kai Shek’s Shilin Residence.
Next we drove up the mountain to go hike in Yangmingshan national Park. First we cross the Jingshan Suspension Bridge to Qingtiangang Visitor Center.
Climbing many stairs on the hiking trail in Yangmingshan National Park
Happy girl on the hiking trail at Yangmingshan National Park
Tree in Yangmingshan National Park
Brooklyn wanted to get of the Ergo carrier and climb the stairs
It was extremely foggy around the Qingtiangang Visitor Center. I could hardly makeout Joe helping Brooklyn walk.
Next we drove to Fort San Domingo in Tamshui.
Jackie at Fort San Domingo in Tamshui
Jackie and Mom in Dutch wooden shoes at Fort San Domingo in Tamshui
Afterwards Joe’s Uncle dropped us off in Taipei to go shopping in the underground mall for some kid practice chopsticks. Brooklyn is gonna need some one day.
Next we went over to dinner at Sunnys. Her mom cooked us an authentic Hakka dinner.
We finally took a group photo after dinner.
We walked through the night market, complete with prostitutes. We were able to find some kid practice chopsticks. Hope she's right-handed and not left like her mom.