Day 12 - Sunday 23 November - Taipei

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Better day today. After breakfast and photo stuff we headed out on the train to the end of the red line - to Tamsui. From there a short bus ride to Fort San Domingo, a fort that's been run by like half a dozen countries, including Australia! Interesting stuff.

Elevated road near our hotel
Elevated road near our hotel

Fort San Domingo
Fort San Domingo

The nine flags of Fort San Domingo - Spain, The Netherlands, Koxinga Era, Qing Dynasty, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, USA, Taiwan
The nine flags of Fort San Domingo - Spain, The Netherlands, Koxinga Era, Qing Dynasty, Great Britain, Japan, Australia, USA, Taiwan

View of Tamsui River from the fort
View of Tamsui River from the fort

One of the cells in the fort
One of the cells in the fort

Cells in the fort, added in 1863 when used by the British Consulate
Cells in the fort, added in 1863 when used by the British Consulate

Yard in the fort
Yard in the fort

Chinese kitchen in the fort, added in 1863 to cook for the constable and prisoners
Chinese kitchen in the fort, added in 1863 to cook for the constable and prisoners

Stu and the nine flags of the fort
Stu and the nine flags of the fort

Fort San Domingo
Fort San Domingo

And next door is the former residence for the British Consul, until they left Taiwan in 1972.

Canons outside the Consulate building
Canons outside the Consulate building

Stu and a canon
Stu and a canon

Fort San Domingo from the consulate building
Fort San Domingo from the consulate building

View of the Tamsui River from the consulate front steps
View of the Tamsui River from the consulate front steps

Drawing room in the consulate
Drawing room in the consulate

Reading room in the consulate
Reading room in the consulate

Stu in a room in the consulate
Stu in a room in the consulate

Kitchen in the consulate
Kitchen in the consulate

Dining room in the consulate
Dining room in the consulate

Front entrance of the consulate
Front entrance of the consulate

Consulate building
Consulate building

Had a drink and a bit of a picnic lunch at the bottom of the hill and had a look along the foreshore of the river.

Us at the entrance of the fort
Us at the entrance of the fort

Tamsui River
Tamsui River

Looking up to the fort from the river
Looking up to the fort from the river

Building by the river
Building by the river

Tamsui River
Tamsui River

Then bus and train back into Taipei.

Grand Hotel from the train
Grand Hotel from the train

Inside a Taipei train
Inside a Taipei train

The sweetie hopped off to go back to the hotel, while I stayed on the train until the complete opposite end of the red line - Xiangshan - to go climb Xiangshan - Elephant Mountain. Hoooooboy, what a climb. Around 750 steps (give or take a hundred, I kept losing count at the 50 markers I was doing on my fingers) up and up and up. Some steps quite easy, others quite steep.

Entrance sign to Xiangshan
Entrance sign to Xiangshan

The view from half way up
The view from half way up

The steps just keep on going and going
The steps just keep on going and going

But the view was totally worth it. Even if you do need to negotiate the crowds of people up there.

View at the top
View at the top

Taipei 101
Taipei 101

Taipei from Xiangshan
Taipei from Xiangshan

Taipei from Xiangshan
Taipei from Xiangshan

I was still very hot when I had someone take my photo
I was still very hot when I had someone take my photo

Top of Taipei 101
Top of Taipei 101

A lot of tourists on the climb. As I was going down it was a case of pick the language or accent.

The walk was very crowded
The walk was very crowded

Then train back to the hotel to have a shower and chillax.

Sculpture in Xiangshan station
Sculpture in Xiangshan station

Taipei's stop/go men
Taipei's stop/go men

Taipei's stop/go men
Taipei's stop/go men

The Ambience Hotel by day
The Ambience Hotel by day

Then we headed out to go the Shilin Night Markets. We had meat in a box (beef I think - very yummy), meat in a bag (deep fried ribs - nice but fiddly with the bones), meat on a stick (chicken - ok, not great) and meat in a bowl (squid, quite nice). And strawberries on a stick. With toffee. Sooo good :) Other than that just walked up and down the maze of streets and stalls. I did get some earrings, but didn't see much else that I was interested in.

Shilin Night Markets
Shilin Night Markets

Cooking meat on a stick at Shilin Night Markets
Cooking meat on a stick at Shilin Night Markets

Toffee strawberries!
Toffee strawberries!

Then back to the hotel. The sweetie put on Die Another Day on tv, which kept me up til very late (23:45).

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