This morning we meander down to the guest area with our electronics to catch up on e-mail and to drink complimentary tea and coffee. Last night when we checked-in they explained that breakfast is not included but every morning they put out hamburgers and sandwiches at 7:30. When they are gone, they’re gone. Sure enough, there are some hamburgers and sandwiches on the counter. After two cups of hot beverages we start to think about breakfast. A Google search doesn’t find anything nearby where we can get an order of eggs. We each grab a hamburger - they will have to do.
It’s raining so an indoor activity is the thing to do today. Taiwan’s National Palace Museum sounds do-able, so we signal a taxi outside our hotel. It’s about a 30 minute drive which takes us near the Fine Arts Museum, the Grand Hotel Taipei and Chaing Kai-Shek’s residence.
In 1949 when the Communists were bearing down on the Nationalists during China’s civil war the decision was made to send some of the most prized possessions from the National Beijing Palace Museum and some other museums to Taiwan for safe keeping. There were almost 3,000 crates shipped. That is how the Taiwan National Palace Museum ended up with so many exquisite Chinese pieces. The People’s Republic of China for years has claimed that the pieces were stolen and legitimately belongs to them. So far Taiwan has been able to fend off the claims.
We have the taxi from the museum drop us off at City Mall. Unlike our experience in Jakarta, we do not find many restaurants. We’re starving so we settle for a local cafe. I order a beef soup bowl (I think the beef is tongue) and William has a gratin - basically buttered spaghetti noodles with baked cheese on top. There’re ok and take the hangries away.
In the evening we are ready for some non-traditional food. TGI Friday’s is in the Ximengdin Walking District, just a 15 minute walk away. We don’t frequent TGI Friday’s when we are in the US, but American food is calling to us. We share an appetizer platter and have happy-hour beer and wine. Our need for food from “home” is temporarily satiated.