We rode the subway and with Google Maps at hand, walked our way to Tamsui Old Street. We didn’t really know what to see/expect there, we just walked and walked. Apparently the place is full of stores, cafes, and restaurants to hang out. It is also near the Fisherman Wharf wherein you can ride a ferry to Lover’s Bridge.
|We walked along this street filled with stores with local delicacies (though we weren’t able to try any of them 😅)|
|We walked for a bit along the bay. That’s where we saw the ferry that could take us to Lover’s Bridge.
We decided to buy some tickets to go there.
|While waiting for our ferry’s schedule, we tried this ice cream from a store along the bay.
It was my first time to try a very tall ice cream! It was very hard (and messy) to finish it all. 😣
(📷: Jamm T)
|Cloudy sky at the bridge (📷: Jamm T)|
Based on the instructions, I either have to
1) Register my EasyCard but I needed to have a local phone number
2) Do a one-time rental, just need to enter credit card details
I didn’t want to enter my cc details so I just looked at these bikes longingly. 😅
We were on our way back to the subway station when our friend saw this store. They were selling varieties of Peanut Egg Rolls. Apparently this brand is famous! We saw some signatures of famous artists that have tried this product. The lady there made us try some samples. It tasted good! So we bought a few boxes for us to bring home (and for snacks at the hotel 😋).
Lunch @ Din Tai Fung (original branch)
We were already a bit famished (it was already past lunch time) so we decided to head to Xinyi Road where the original branch of Din Tai Fung is located. Usually there’s a long line of wait-listed customers at the front of the store. Luckily during our visit there were none so we were immediately assisted by the staff. It was amusing because their waiters were very well trained – they can speak English well. Our orders didn’t take long. My favorite was the crab dumplings. 😋
Chang Kai Shek Memorial Hall
There were lots of people walking and taking pictures in park. I enjoyed people watching. 😁 There were lots of youngsters in uniform, so I guess there’s a school nearby? Anyway it was so cool just looking at these temples. They even looked more amazing during sunset time.
|Sunset rays beautifully painting this arc. 💗|
Chun Shui Tang – Where the Milk Tea Craze Started
It’s nearing the end of the day so we were searching for somewhere to chill before finally going back to the hotel to rest. Our friend saw on the map that there’s a nearby branch of Chun Shui Tang, the tea house that claims to have started the bubble tea craze. We even got lost for a bit locating the restaurant because apparently it was located directly underneath one of the theaters there (thanks to blogs, they served as our guide to finally locate the spot).
Apparently there was an ongoing piano performance at the theater. After finishing our milk teas, we got to (very quickly) check out some nearby stores inside the theater. That’s where I saw Yiruma‘s poster, promoting an upcoming concert at the theater. Ahh if only my feet were not that tired, I would have wanted to explore the theater (our friend told us he saw some violins in display in another area 😮) but I didn’t want to drag my colleagues… so with a heavy heart, we walked outside to go back to our hotel.
It’s already night outside, and the palace were all lit up! It was beautiful!~💗