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mrt mural

mrt mural

There are many murals painted in the vast underground subway and shopping tunnel system that is the Taipei MRT public transport. It is unneccesary to own a car here.


train exit

train exit

The train stop at Danshuei.


straw art vendor

straw art vendor

This was amazing. This guy can make anything from flexible drinking straws. It they would not have gotten crushed in my luggage, I would have bought some. The equivalent of USD $1.50 each.


danshuei river

danshuei river

Very close to the train stop in Danshuei. There are hundreds of black and yellow striped hermit crabs running around here along with fish that can walk in the mud.


danshuei street

danshuei street

The streets of Danshuei. Lots to see and do and buy and eat.


tofu skin stuffed with mung bean noodle

tofu skin stuffed with mung bean noodle

This was our first snack in Danshuei. We ordered pork balls in broth to go with it. The noodles were sweet, but tasted better with chile.


entering danshuei

entering danshuei

The street scene in Danshuei as you walk off the train.


turkish ice cream

turkish ice cream

A common site everywhere in Taiwan. I'm sure there is a historical reason for it. These guys know how to peddle sweets to Taiwanese. The showmanship is fun to watch.


ferry boat

ferry boat

The ferry that took us to Fisherman's Wharf from the dock at Danshuei.


danshuei landscape

danshuei landscape

The view from the ferry boat.


danshuei statue

danshuei statue

A giant statue of someone or something doing I have no idea what can be seen from across the water. It kind of looks like Captain Morgan... got a little captain in you?


arriving at fisherman's wharf

arriving at fisherman's wharf

The modern design of the foot bridge can be seen from a distance as you ferry into Fisherman's Wharf.


danshuei fisherman

danshuei fisherman

Standing on the rocks near Fisherman's Wharf, you can see... well, a fisherman.


ming & pei-jean

ming & pei-jean

Crossing the foot bridge. The Chinese name for the mountain in the back means sleeping lioness. It's peaceful soft slopes resemble the curves of a female lion lying on it's side.


foot bridge

foot bridge

This is the foot bridge that goes from the wharf to land at Fisherman's wharf. It's modern architectural design gives a unique contrast to the old town.


sea urchins

sea urchins

At least 3 different kinds here. I wish I could have gotten a clearer shot.


tiger shrimp

tiger shrimp

Big beautiful fresh shrimp. These were pretty big and pretty active.


giant moray eel

giant moray eel

Honey, I'm home. What's for dinner? ... Crikey!!!


fish on ice

fish on ice

More fish for sale... this time not swimming.


crustaceans

crustaceans

Another variety of future food. Taiwan waters are home to many types of seafood.


striped crabs

striped crabs

Again, I am not sure exactly what variety these are, but I'd eat them. I am a coon-ass, me.


seafood vendor tanks

seafood vendor tanks

These were in a market building at Fisherman's Wharf. Half of them were empty today, and being scrubbed clean.


not for sale

not for sale

These lucky fish ended up in an aquarium and not on a menu at Fisherman's Wharf.


fisherman's wharf

fisherman's wharf

A relaxing place to sit. Unlike every other sea-side town, I did not see one bird here... very strange.


dock in fisherman's wharf

dock in fisherman's wharf

The dock near our ferry landing.


green lips

green lips

Nice, fat, and fresh. Everything here is sold alive.


horseshoe crab & friends

horseshoe crab & friends

All for sale from seafood vendors near the wharf.


good mussels

good mussels

Me eating the sweet green lipped mussels in a fisherman's wharf restaurant. They were extremely fresh cooked with basil and done san pei style.


alien shrimp

alien shrimp

I'm not really sure. These are in a restaurant, and you can order them to eat. If I had an unlimited stomach, I would have tried it.


taiwan beer

taiwan beer

This is the national beer! I drank this one on the ferry to fisherman's wharf in Danshuei.


boat in danshuei

boat in danshuei

The typical style of boat used here by fishermen.


of course

of course

Super-sizing unhealthy choices in food all over the world... that's dedication.


danshuei sunset

danshuei sunset

As we were headed back to the train for Taipei, the sun was going down.


dockside cooking

dockside cooking

Fishermen in Danshuei were cooking right on the dock next to their boats. This reminds me of Louisiana... except for the mountain in the back, of course.


wharf temple in danshuei

wharf temple in danshuei

A small temple located right on the wharf.


stinky tofu vendor

stinky tofu vendor

Taiwanese people love this stuff, but it's really quite nasty. I guess it's the equivalent to westerners eating smelly old cheese or truffles.


crabs & fish

crabs & fish

A variety of crabs for sale in Danshuei.


monovalves

monovalves

I forgot what these tiny shelled animals were called here, but you can find them for sale on the street in any fishing town here. They are boiled and steamed, and you just suck the goodies right out of the shell. One cupful costs less than 1 $USD.


fried chicken taiwanese style

fried chicken taiwanese style

This chicken wasn't southern-fried, but it was really big, and had the best texture. Ming and I could not finish one piece.


sausage vendor

sausage vendor

This night market cart has a variety of sausages and toppings.


chinese sausage

chinese sausage

From a night market food vendor, this sausage was incredible. If you've only had the pathetic Chinese sausage sold in the US, then you've got to try the real deal. It's only slightly sweet and incredibly juicy and meaty.


sushi cart

sushi cart

A sushi vendor at a Taipei night market. I had the wasabi roe which was significantly weaker than the wasabi tobiko in America. I needed more heat.


rotisserie

rotisserie

A portable rotisserie selling food at a Taipei night market. I really have no clue what this is, although it appeared to be a large pork roast.


food stalls in taipei

food stalls in taipei

Food vendors at a Taipei night market.


mitsue open kitchen

mitsue open kitchen

I took 6 photos of this amazing open kitchen, and this is the clearest although still blurry. There are 6 long stainless steel tables lined parallel accross and around 23 kitchen staff working at once. I could not notice anyone who appeared to be in charge, yet everyone worked in harmony.


museum guardian

museum guardian

Pei-Jean asked me is this dog was male or female, and was shocked that I knew the answer. Female of course as indicated by the puppy under her foot.


national palace museum

national palace museum

This was of 3 photos I took before a guard told me to stop. This is the largest collection of Chinese art in the world. It is located outside of Taipei, and you can get there by bus and MRT.


steak dinner

steak dinner

The only western-style dinner I have had so far here. This was the entre served with a marble-sized scoop of mashed potato, tomato wedge, and asparagus. It wasn't bad, although it is strange that they don't ask for a temperature when you order a steak.


snake alley

snake alley

Overrated. That's all I have to say. Just like coffee and beignets at Cafe Du Monde, I did it and it's over.


temple in taipei

temple in taipei

This was taken at night near an outdoor free opera that was going on. The stage show was interesting, but we could not get close as there were hundreds of people crowded around.


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