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As you might know, Jill and I have finally been able to catch our breaths from our travels. Being in the little-big city of Tainan for a month, it has been nice to just walk around and soak in everything.
One thing that has pleasantly surprised us is the beautiful flowers that surround the area. If the Olympics had gardening as a sport, Taiwan would be a serious contender.
So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and the misery that can be winter, we’ve picked a few of our favorite flowers just for you!
Continue reading Are you ready for your close-up? (Photo walk)
Biking around Tainan City last week, we happily stumbled upon the colorful, historical Chihkan Tower. Also known as Fort Provintia, Chihkan Tower was once a Dutch outpost. Then, it was destroyed by an earthquake, leaving behind a ghostly glimpse of a staircase in a hidden underground room. This cultural monument has intruiging remnants of aboriginal times and is a worthy short afternoon stop (it’s also supposedly gorgeous at night).
Continue reading Unexpected Pit Stops: Culture and Koi Fish in Tainan
Being vegetarian in Taiwan proves to have its difficulties if you don’t speak Mandarin and can’t ask for other options. If you’re experiencing the language barrier and shopping with your eyes, you may find the majority of street vendors are focused around meat. Sure, there are plenty of egg dishes and stinky tofu, but if you like variety like we do, these options get old pretty fast.
Luckily, Eric and I are pescetarian, which opens up some doors. Unluckily, I still don’t like eating something that’s looking at me (like shrimp with the head still on), so I’ve been having trouble finding protein-filled eats in a country that doesn’t serve cheese, beans, or much soy. That is, until we stumbled upon Vonny’s Garden Vegetarian Restaurant. All is saved and beyond delicious!
Continue reading Vegetarian haven in Tainan: Vonny’s Garden Vegetarian Restaurant
Style doesn’t need to be over the top or expensive to be stellar. Often times, the simpler the better (and the more comfortable – bonus!). Because it’s so hard to nail down just right, effortless style is quite unique and refreshing. Here’s some shots from an afternoon of toning it down and biking around in our basics…
Continue reading Boyish Chic: Keeping it simple.