Thursday, December 3, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
I believe the changing of the guards is done on the hour by active military personnel. Standing for an hour and not moving would be terribly boring, though I guess they get to look at all us tourists walking past.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Monday, November 30, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Saturday, November 28, 2015
The lady in the yellow dress (whose face I have blotted out), is one of the reasons that we only had a short amount of time here.
Friday, November 27, 2015
This is one of the guards that was on duty at Marty's Shrine. Standing very still, on his post in the gateway, I wonder what he would have done if one of us had done something we were not supposed to.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Later in the night it was a different story. The wind howled around as it rattled everything in it's path, and the rain came tumbling down. Everything was safe though, or so I thought.
This morning when I went to go out, I found this birds nest on my back lawn. There were three nests in the neighbour's gum tree, and on closer inspection it was the kurrawong's nest that was missing. The two crow's nests at the very top of the tree were both still there.
On close inspection again, I could see two baby kurrawongs sitting in the tree. Babies because their tail feathers are not very long. I only managed to get one baby in the photo though, and he is being protected very well by one of his parents. I am not sure how well they can fly yet, I will watch and observe.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Thursday, October 8, 2015
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
I am also not sure what the monument is, something to do with war I think.
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
There is also some interesting artwork in the shop front windows, though it is hard to decipher what it actually is. The pic was taken through the bus window as we travelled along, and that artwork is behind another layer of glass, so it is a little hard to see. I would have liked to have a close look though.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
Our first stop on our tour today was the National Palace Museum. At this point, let me say that this museum is definitely one of those places that I would like to go again. I would pick my day though, and do research into what days have the least number of people. The museum itself was just fabulous, full of treasures! It was just such a shame that we couldn't get to see them as I would like.
The day had already started late because our tour guide had stuffed up. As a result of this, our timing was out, and we had arrived at the museum along with lots of other tours and tour guides, so the queues were like sardines packed in a tin. We were given instructions about leaving pack packs at the front desk. We didn't have one, but others did, including two Asian girls who clearly couldn't follow instructions. We were at the door of the lift , ready to go up when security spotted the back packs. As a result, we were all pulled aside to wait until the girls did what they were told. More time wasted!
Our guide had a red flag that he held up for us to follow. Nothing new here, but why would two tour guides in the same building be allowed to carry the same flag? This just made for more confusion and more time wasted waiting for people to find the correct tour guide.
Once inside and on our way, I was stunned at such beauty. There were scrolls in coloured inks, one approx 10 feet long which was on loan from China. There was a whole room of jade, where I learned that it came in different colours. The jade carvings and jewellery were nothing short of stunning. Then there was whole room on bronze, where there were tools, carved mirrors, vessels, flasks plates and so much more. All were beautiful.
There were people everywhere, and I mean everywhere! I was lucky to get a short glimpse at the beautiful treasures on display, and of course there were no photographs allowed.
Walking back to the entrance, someone spotted a poster about a porcelain display, and asked if we were going to see that? The answer was no, we were running late for out next stop. After making such a fuss, the guide gave this person 10 minutes to have a quick look, so then a few more jumped on the bandwagon and went for a look too. I would have loved to go have a look, but we were following instructions. The remainder of us were allowed rest stops and to look in the museum shop.
Needless to say, we were all still waiting for these people 30 minutes later, and everyone was getting a little stroppy, and the search party went out.
The photograph at the top of this post is a view of the rafters in the front foyer of the museum. I was just fascinated by the pattern.
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Travelling on the bus from Keelung into Taipei was pretty uneventful. There were a few interesting things along the way, but taking photos out of the windows of a bus while it is moving is a little difficult. Arriving in Taipei, it really was just like any other city. Lots of high rise, traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, and lots and lots of motor bikes. Going into the buildings though is where it all changed, but more on that tomorrow.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Although we were the first bus in the queue, we were the last to leave, many thanks to our dreadful tour guide. Although all of the seats on the bus were full, he still had names on his list that were not marked off, and he was on a search to find them. After waiting for quite some time for these names to show in person, our guide then decided to check his list against the passengers seated on the bus. More time wasted as he struggled to pronounce passengers names. After much ta doing, we were finally on our way, with a full bus, and over 30 minutes late in leaving.
As a result of this fiasco by our tour guide, we lost stops on our tour, and didn't get to see everything.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
This was the day though that I learnt about tour guides, that we just have to take what we get. We had been on guided tours heaps of times, most of which were fine and very informative. I had also learnt to ask questions over time, this way we got more information.
Today was different though, but more of that after breakfast.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Also note that never ending haze, believed to be smog coming all the way from China.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Friday, August 7, 2015
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
I am not sure of the purpose of the wall is. Obviously it serves as a breaker to the waves coming in from the East China Sea, but there could be another purpose. It is one of the longest sea walls that I have seen.
Monday, August 3, 2015
A close view now of the light house in the harbour at Okinawa as we sailed past it.
I am a fan of light houses, and find them all so different, even though they serve the same function the world over. This is just one photo of an ever growing collection that I have. One day I am going to use them as inspiration for my stitching.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Friday, July 31, 2015
It had been another long and busy day, and I was looking forward to putting my feet up with a drink in hand as we sailed out of the harbour.