Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Taipei: Whatchamacallit Fisherman's Wharf

There are several different spellings floating around for 淡水漁人碼頭, including Danshui and Tamsui. Since the latter is the name used for the final northern stop of the MRT red line, Tamsui it is for us.
It's about a 40-minute ride out there from the station adjacent to the Sheraton Grande, and we found our way there without trouble on the second day of our two-day pass.

Once there, we realized it was raining. How rainy? Rainy enough to make a Buddhist monk pause and look skyward before striding off.
Is this the quaint fishing village we'd been promised? Really? Time to catch a bus out to Fisherman's Wharf. A crowded bus.

Once there, Brian steered Kathy toward the Lover's Bridge (one lover?).
Can't we agree that all you need is love?
The Lover's (sic) Bridge is a metaphor for love itself. It can be a steep climb...

However, once you've reached the peak the views are tremendous...

As long as you always remember to "watch your steps."
We walked around the little "inner harbor," and caught an empty bus back to the MRT - empty buses in Asia are worth a photo.
Once there, we caught a similarly spacious MRT back to the hotel, feeling smug at our successful foray into the northern reaches of Taipei.

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