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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Day #2!

We had another good day here in hot and humid Taipei!  We left a little after noon from our hotel and took a cab to the National Palace Museum.  This reminded us a lot of our Smithsonian museums in Washington, D.C.  It is a museum that contains Chinese artifacts that used to be housed in the Forbidden City in Beijing, but were brought to Taiwan for protection in the early 20th century.  Since we have visited China before, a lot of the things we saw were not new to us.  However, the museum is very well laid out and the exhibits were pretty interesting.  There was an especially fascinating exhibit that took a well-known Chinese painting, and with the help of technology, brought it to life.  Very cool!

After leaving the museum, we hopped another cab to the Miramar Entertainment Park.  This was another huge, vertical mall that also contains an IMAX movie theater with the largest commercial screen in all of Asia.  At the top of the mall there is a huge ferris wheel.  Each car is air-conditioned and plays music for your entertainment pleasure.  When you reached the top of the ferris wheel, you could see pretty far...we got some good pictures, but it was cloudy again, so they are not as good as they could have been.

From the Miramar, we took the subway back into town.  Using our handy map, we made our way to the Eslite Bookstore where we picked up a children's book and some children's CD's in Chinese.  It's a HUGE store!  We then walked back to Din Tai Fung for dinner.  It was much more crowded tonight, but we got in pretty quickly.  This time I took photos!  Enjoy!

We arrived back at our hotel hot and sticky and tired.  Tonight we pack up and get ready for the real reason we came to Taiwan--to meet our daughter Sophia!  When you are sleeping on Sunday night, we will meet her for the very first time.  I'll post photos as soon as I'm able!  Thanks for all of your prayers and well wishes...keep them coming!

One more day until we see her face to face...

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1 comment:

Melissa said...

I am so glad that you are able to experience some of the country. And I can't wait to read the next post regarding the real reason you are there!!! So very excited. Not long now.