A secret surprise holiday for Ted had the extended Gunby family up in the Dales for a week at the end of May. The ‘cottage’ fitted all 13 of us in comfortably and was well appointed. We left Sheffield in (all too rare) hot sunshine and arrived Buckden in drizzle. We had a bit of thunder and lightning around Skipton and a torrential downpour there … Continue reading A Yorkshire Interlude
From my diary: “Today, Sunday, am delighted to have slept all night. We are shortly to set off for pot sticker dumplings and a hike in the mountains having organised trips out to Taichung, Tainan and Hualien. Dumplings were wonderful. We had all flavours and were stuffed like a dumpling ourselves by the time we were done. Gwil wasn’t sure of the route to … Continue reading TW ’17 Continued…
Ever since Rich and I returned from our 2014 visit to Taiwan we’ve been promising to go back. Spurred into action by an expiring STA Travel gift voucher we booked tickets in December 2016 to travel February 2017, the same time of year as our previous visit (not too hot, no typhoons, fewer earthquakes!). Gwilym & Fi were very kind to come to Tayouan airport … Continue reading Taiwan 2017
Had Dim Sum with Gwil and Fiona after a day exploring Window on China. A nice end to the day especially as Laurie wasn’t due back from work till late so wouldn’t be around to let us into his flat. Earlier that day we’d caught the bus from Zhongshan airport and an hour and 50 minutes later we were in Taoyuan county. A bright and … Continue reading 20th February 2014
Sunday. As the weather report suggested it was going to be a fine warm day Rich and I took the opportunity to head out of Taipei to the geo park on the Yehliu peninsula. Although we were supposed to meet up with Laurie at Taipei Main station he felt that he needed to do some study so he bailed first thing in the morning. Luckily … Continue reading Yehliu Bandao Geo Park.
Further to the blog posts I wrote last year here are just a couple more that I’ve just discovered in a diary I wrote at the time: Our first proper day and Fiona and Gwil had allowed us a nice lie in and brought us breakfast. We sat down to Dan Bing in the flat which we thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a thin pancake with a … Continue reading Day 2
Further to the blog posts I wrote last year here are just a couple more that I’ve just discovered in a diary I wrote at the time: Straight after dumping our bags and having a cup of English tea we headed out for supper. The rain continued but not so heavily to dispirit us on our new adventure. Gwil and Fiona hastened us through traffic … Continue reading Arrival Taipei.
4 Ladies of Verona A half day excursion to Verona meant another early start but as the coach was picking us up from our hotel it was easy. Our tour guide, Caroline, is particularly annoying and without any interesting dialogue. She spent most of the journey to Verona talking about toilet stops. I do not have any time for her at all. Arriving in the … Continue reading Excerpts from the Italian Diaries. Part 2
Day 2. Trip to Malcesine After a too hot night of crazy dreams we were awoken by nan knocking on our door at 8.15am.Too early for us (having not really recovered from the extremely early start yesterday) but we got up and went down to a reviving buffet breakfast where there was something for every taste, plus a nice big mug of english breakfast tea. … Continue reading Excerpts from the Italian Diaries.
Just a quick post today and it’s not for the squeamish. It’s a gallery of photos taken at the markets in Songshan (somewhere around Longjian Road I think). It’s pretty densely built up in this area and although it works on a grid system, much like New York, I found it more confusing than if it had been all higgledy piggeldy. Don’t use a 7/11 … Continue reading This Little Piggy Went to Market (Taiwan 3)