This picture was taken outside of the Market.
Day VIII: Our last full day in Taiwan
Bright and early, Darren, Hildo and I headed out to the Jade Market in search of a gift for Hildo’s wife and a piece of jade for me.
The Jade market is attached to the Flower market, both of which are open only on Saturday and Sunday.
The market has a huge orchid selection, and a large area is misted for their well-being.
The markets are huge. The volume of choice was a bit overwhelming, really.
I found this bit of jade on the right, and we headed back to the hotel to collect Bill, whom we were supposed to bring to the market with us, only he had slept a little late.
The Jade Market sells many pendants which one can have threaded onto a string. I chose a red one, which I was advised is traditional.
I was easily convinced to go back to the maket so that he and Peter could also do a bit of shopping while Hildo and Darren found us a suitable lunch venue.
Thus, more shopping and an excellent sashimi lunch followed.
There was a lengthy wander to find various sites, which were inaccessible due to construction.
The adventure ended with a can of delicious blueberry lactic acid at the museum’s very air conditioned cafe.
We later headed out to the dinosaur and native American themed Indian Beer Hall, which as you can see from its exterior held lots of promise.
The koi pond also contained a large skeleton, the tail of which goes over the bridge.
Heading upstairs delivered even more dinosaurs, even in the bathrooms!
Day IX: Saying goodbye to Taipei
We headed to the airport after many goodbyes and an excellent breakfast.
As we had a bit of extra time, we stopped into the Starbucks at the airport, and in an effort to find something local, ordered green tea lattes. Admittedly, I seldom set food in a SBX, so while this beverage might exist back home, my assertion that it doesn’t is based on very limited exposure. It was very green.
Hong Kong Dollars are especially pretty, and they kept us entertained in the next airport!