If you haven’t read about the start of our adventure in Taiwan, you can do that here.
Our first full day we took the metro from our apartment in the Wanhua District to check out Taipei 101 – the fourth tallest building in the world.
We got to experience taking the world’s fastest elevator. On the way up our ears were all popping and I got some pretty intense pressure in my head! It was fast!
When we got to the top our children became the center of attention with all the dear sweet Asian women who were touring the city. At first it was cute, but as person after person asked for a picture with each of the kids John and I started feeling like security guards holding off the paparazzi.
It was pretty funny. We finally managed to escape the hoards of people trying to snap photos with our kids, and got to take in the views. And boy were the views incredible.
We were so blessed to have a perfect day with clear skies and great visibility.
After we were done taking in the 360 degrees of views, we took another elevator up to the very top platform that was open-air. We attempted a family selfie with my big camera – this has gotten harder as our family has grown! (And this is why we love traveling with our Joby! I can catch full photos like the one above instead of half-face photos like the one below!)
Another big item on our list for Taipei was eating at the famous Din Tai Fung, which conveniently was located at the bottom of Taipei 101. The Xiaolongbao was so delicious.
We sampled a large portion of the menu, and still only spent about $30 USD for our whole family. It was our most expensive dinner (by far) out the whole 10 day trip. The food was so inexpensive in Taiwan! We could see the chefs making the dumplings while we ate. Cliff was really intrigued. He loves food and loves making food!
After we were done checking out Taipei 101 we hopped back on the metro and headed towards Daan Park. The kids had a blast getting out all their energy on the huge playgrounds.
There was a little coffee cart nearby that was selling iced coffee, so while the kids played John hooked us up with a cup. It was well into the afternoon by then, and some of our littles were really feeling the exhaustion of a full day of fun.
We weren’t done yet though – next it was on to the Chiang Kai-Shek memorial. We were so thankful we decided to take our umbrella stroller to Taiwan, in addition to the Ergo (which is a true life-saver when traveling with babies and/or toddlers). Olivia and Cliff took turns riding in the stroller and helped us get the most out of our days.
The memorial was breathtaking.
The grounds were huge and on each side were two stately buildings, one the national concert hall and one the national theater.
At the far end of the grounds was the actual memorial, which reminded us a bit of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
When we realized they were going to have to climb all those steps to see the memorial (we’d already had a FULL day), John used his fast-thinking skills (critical skills to have as a dad) and offered a piece of gum to the first one to the top. The race was on before he’d finished announcing it, and Olivia and Cliff moved faster than I’d seen them move all day!
They are so funny. We should bribe them with gum more often…there would be so much less whining (keepin’ it real, here!).
It had been a beautiful warm, sunny day and we finished it off with some bubble milk tea to cool off. Then it was back to the apartment for some rest and relaxation (and a little foot massage at a nearby massage parlor). Taipei was proving to be a fun city. The next day we’d be visiting the Taipei Zoo!