Taipei as a base

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We came back to Taipei and a lovely apartment in the Zhongshan district.  A short walk to the metro system, plenty of restaurants and a supermarket nearby, and very quiet.  One of the pleasant aspects of Taipei is the number of small backstreets and small boutique/specialist shops.  We used this as a base to make a number of day trips and activities.
There was the trip out to the end of the MTR line and the sea-side suburb of Tamsui.  We headed off around the coast and Andrew spotted an ice-cream vendor.  We watched the funny spectale as the vendor teased a small child by offering the ice-cream then taking it away. He was a true showman knowing how far to go and having the crowd in fits of laughter.  Eventually he gave the child the ice-cream.  Andrew decided he would have one too.  He did NOT think the many would toy with little Andrew.  How wrong he was.   With sleight of hand he offered and took the ice-cream away from Andrew

If that wasn’t bad enough.  Little Andrew spent the 1 minute with an empty ice-cream cone in his pocket.  He still doesnt know how the man managed to put it in there without him knowing.
And the ice-cream was delicious.

We wandered around the Fort San Domingo.  Built originally in the early 1600s by the Spanish, the Dutch came through and re-built it, the Chinese had control of it for a while and it ended it’s active life as the British Embassy in the 1980’s when Taiwan (China)  took back control.

We spent a morning up Maokong Hill.  A ride on the MRT takes you to a semi-rural area with plenty of walking and views back over the city.  Here there are tea plantations and camphor forests.  We took the gondola up and wandered around. 
mao kong
Down at Taroko, there were plenty of sandfly/mosquitoes.  As usual Andrew was an insect magnet and spent the remainder of the trip itching the 80 or so bites he got.  And, yes, he did spend time counting them.

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