We packed it in on Saturday. A friend from home is teaching English in Taiwan for the year, so we met up with her for some sight-seeing and some delicious, American-style pizza.
We started off at the Dragon Boat Festival. The main event is on Monday, but the competition started on Saturday morning and continues all weekend. We only stayed a short while – I was most interested in seeing some of the beautifully decorated boats.
We then headed to lunch at a restaurant called Alleycats. This is a restaurant we stumbled upon during our last trip to Taiwan. It’s good, American-style pizza…after eating Chinese food for a few days, it’s a welcome reminder of the food from home. We ordered a cheese and pepperoni pizza, and our friend ordered a calzone. (For families traveling to Taiwan, there are several locations in Taipei – we have eaten at the Tien Mu and Hua Shan restaurants.)
Then we jumped in a cab and headed to Taipei 101. As we waited in the line for the elevator to the observation floor, staff took our photo in front of a chroma-key (green) wall and super-imposed an image of the building. The photos were available for purchase upstairs on the observation floor.
After returning downstairs from the observation deck, we enjoyed a Dark Mocha Frappuccino at Starbucks…delicious! I’m wondering if this flavor is available at the Starbucks stores in the United States. For dinner, we headed up to the beautiful Grand Hotel.