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We made a couple of trips to Taipei, and stayed in an airbnb for our last weekend.   One visit took us to the National Palace Museum where we thoroughly enjoyed an exhibition of calligraphy and art – sorry, photos weren’t allowed – followed by a gentle wet stroll around the gardens.   National Palace Museum, Taipei National Palace Museum, Taipei National Palace Museum, Taipei in the rain National Palace Museum, Taipei National Palace Museum, Taipei O..
Hi, it’s Emma from Taiwan again!   Today, I thought I’d look back at what I was expecting when I came to Taiwan, and what I’ve actually experienced. When you say the word Taiwan, maybe you think mass production, electronics and plastic toys – I did! But I’ve been so surprised in what I’ve found on my little explores and adventures around the island.   When mum and my sister Nicola visited a few weeks ago, we took a trip to Yingge, a small but renowned ceramic township. Here there was an ar..
Rainbow Village, on the outskirts of bustling Taichung, is amazing. It took us a while to find, but what a find it is.   The government of the area wanted to demolish this old military dependants’ village, but they hadn’t bargained for Huang Yung-Fu who lived there. When he heard they wanted to demolish his home village, he picked up a brush and some bright paint and set to work. He has been painted every day, getting up at 3 am, and has transformed the housing into a totally unique and magic..
Two weeks to visit daughter Emma, and to see a little of the island of Taiwan – a country that is amazingly beautiful and full of the loveliest people. Two weeks of delight and unexpected discoveries. Worth the travel. A journey time of over 16 hours, a distance of 5990 miles   Emma lives in Zhongli, about an hour’s journey west and a bit south of the capital Taipei. It’s a bustling town, filled with cars, scooters, taxis, pedestrians. Pretty much everyone seems to ride a scooter. Crossing th..
I flew out to Taiwan towards the end of August, so I still haven’t been here for too long, but so far I love it! It’s very different from what I’m used to, but that’s definitely not a bad thing. I came here with a couple of friends, and together we have started working (teaching English to very cute and clever Taiwanese children) and exploring the Island. So far we’ve been to night markets, where we have seen copious amounts of very odd looking food, and smelt the “stinky tofu”, which I’m not..
So this is my last ever blog post from Prague!  I’ll be back home in Norfolk for a few weeks before continuing my adventure elsewhere!   I thought I’d share with you a few of my favourite places from this beautiful city.     First up; Vysehrad, an old fort up on top of a hill by the river. There’s lots to look at here, a cemetery where many famous Czech people are buried, a basilica church, and of course, an amazing view over the river!        The river itself is also a lot of fun, I ..
An unexpected discovery today was finding the Kaeru project at the Hamer Hall Arts Centre in Melbourne. It's a collaborative work involving a Japanese artist in residence (Hiroshi Fuji), Melbourne's Slow Art Collective and the people of Melbourne. A transient exhibition about renewal, transformation, sustainability and collaborative art. If it hadn't been so wet I may well have sat in this tyre for a while, next to the little green frog...... If this interests you you can fin..
and took the woodland walk through this beautiful landscape of banksia and gum trees on the east side of the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. We didn't find a koala up in these tall paperbark gum trees, but what a lovely place nevertheless. We walked through the woodland, across an estuary, to the coast (where a large sign warned pedestrians to be aware of large trucks!) and back through woodland to the wetland area (where I sited my first black swans) So I didn't find ..
One last post about Prague. We stumbled upon a farmer's market while going for a tram. I love the colours and richness - yummy!                 Mouth watering......
If you love paper, then you'll love Papelote, gorgeous Czech stationery. We stumbled upon the shop when totally exhausted at the end of a hard day's walking, and our visit there completely revived us. We went back twice more, and did come out eventually with some purchases.           To find out more about this wonderful place click here and enjoy!..

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