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Houtong, the Cat Village

Tuesday, July 07, 2015      4 comments

I had a fabulous day at the cat village of Houtong, just an hour outside Taipei. This former mining town decided to take good care of the abandoned cats left behind when people moved on, and now the town is known for the stray cats who are extr... Read more

Boat Time

Sunday, July 05, 2015      4 comments

We took the shuttle boat around Sun Moon Lake, and explored the town across the lake - managed to walk up and down every single street in a small town, ending up with 2.5 miles! (I'm not sure how I did that, but gotta trust the pedometer.) ... Read more

Sun Moon Lake

Wednesday, July 01, 2015      4 comments

It took us half a day on three trains and a taxi to get here, but this lake is just so gorgeous! We're in a little town, mostly full of vacationing Taiwanese and mainland Chinese tourists, and we're enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. Staying in... Read more

Beach Time!

Monday, June 29, 2015      2 comments

We came to this corner of Taiwan to spend time on the beaches of Kenting National Park. We had a long train trip, where I hung out with a batch of junior high students for a while. Then we came to our hotel, and eventually found the bus to... Read more

Hiking the marble mountain gorge

Saturday, June 27, 2015      5 comments

We went to the Taroko National Park - absolutely beautiful - got in some hiking as well as walking, and had to wear a helmet in parts because the overhanging ledges occasionally collapse. (Didn't collapse on us!) Had a great time - it was ... Read more

The adventure continues

Thursday, June 25, 2015      5 comments

We enjoyed Taipei, and had a wonderful afternoon at the National Palace Museum. Now, we're on the east coast of Taiwan, where the mountains roll down to the sea, with dramatic gorges in between. We enjoyed our train ride, and now we're hav... Read more

The Dragon Boat Festival!

Friday, June 19, 2015      6 comments

We seem to just fall into festivals - and this was a great one! Teams in boats that look like dragons, racing up and down the river, all day long for two days! Then the winners will race each other on Sunday, for the championships! Read more

Taipei - colorful, rainy , friendly!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015      4 comments

People here in Taipei are so friendly, and apologize for their limited English. I keep saying hey, I only speak two words of Chinese, you're doing better than we are! But after New Caledonia, where I could communicate in French, it feels v... Read more

Taipei, and American chain food!

Sunday, June 14, 2015      6 comments

We arrived in Taipei, Taiwan, late last night. Between resting up after 13 or 14 hours of flying, and trying to miss the thunder storms of the afternoon, we had lunch at Starbucks. And did our grocery shopping at the 7-11 nearby. Except 7-11s... Read more

Living Fossils as we finish our time in New Caledonia

Wednesday, June 10, 2015      8 comments

We didn't get to the south end of the island, we had a few rainy days and it just isn't the best time to drive around when you don't know where you're going. So we had a few relaxing couple of days, turned in the car, and continued to enjoy... Read more

Plans change

Tuesday, June 09, 2015      6 comments

People on strike were blocking the roads, so we had to change our travels. Ended up missing out on the entire east coast of the island. But we had fun despite the changes, and the rain. rollingluggagers.blogspo
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Malabou Beach - a bungalow by the lagoon

Thursday, June 04, 2015      4 comments

We liked Malabou beach so much we spent a second day here - it was just gorgeous, and our bungalow was right by the beach! Comfy and roomy, but cozy. Not tripping over each other, but all in a little thatch covered hut. Read more

The Northern Province, New Caledonia

Tuesday, June 02, 2015      3 comments

We've been heading north along the national highway, and the scenery keeps getting prettier and more mountainous. New Caledonia really is a hidden treasure - I don't know why more people don't come here? Well, it is rather off the beaten t... Read more

Two days at Turtle Bay - but no turtles

Tuesday, June 02, 2015      6 comments

It isn't turtle nesting season in New Caledonia, since we're south of the equator. But this is the beach where turtles come - enough that there are signs all over about the life cycle of the turtles, how to help an injured turtle, and what to d... Read more

Road Trip Around New Caledonia - Day 1

Saturday, May 30, 2015      7 comments

We didn't get very far on our first day, but we have 10 days to cover an area roughly as big as Connecticut. As some areas don't have roads. So we can take it slowly and enjoy the travel. This country is BEAUTIFUL! Really gorgeous! Unex... Read more


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