Jiufen was once a gold mining town but is now a huge tourist spot. They have a museum but guess what? We didn't go to it!
Jiufen is set on a hill
So we left our car and walked a short distance to the tourist area. Are you ready for another surprise? It was raining! I am not actually complaining about that anymore. I have learned that when the sun comes out it gets so hot that you feel like you are melting, so the rain is not so bad.
This is close to the beginning of the tourist area. This is actually still outside, but the street is so narrow that the awnings above act as a roof. At one point as we were walking a scooter drove past us, which surprised me. Eric has been here before and he said sometimes trucks actually drive down these streets! I don't know how they would fit!
I cannot help taking pictures of flowers. I have loads and loads of them. (And loads! Some day soon I will post all of my flower pictures. Then I'll probably have to post more later because I will undoubtedly find more flowers!) There are a lot of beautiful flowers in Taiwan. I took this photo from the street looking up. Above the businesses are residences, and this particular one had tons of flowers on their balcony - so many that you could barely see that there was a balcony.
I passed by one shoe store but couldn't pass the 2nd. They had the most unique, beautiful wooden shoes. The first pair I tried on were high heels made of multiple colored wood. They were SO beautiful and unique! But the heel wasn't actually under your heel so walking on them was a little tricky. It made Eric nervous! I was about to buy them anyhow, when I spotted this:
I'm not sure, but Eric says I ate some of these when we went on the realtor tour several weeks ago. I think he's wrong. I think what I ate was shrimp, but it did look a lot like this, so maybe. But I'll pass this time, thanks.
Since it was raining we sat inside. But this was not too shabby either!
I forgot. Chinese lunches always come with soup. Thankfully, this didn't seem to have anything weird in it. (Like squid!) It seemed to be some sort of vegetable chowder. Eric actually liked it. I tolerated it. I might have liked it except for what I call the "foreign freak-out factor". My body just says no whenever I think too much about what MIGHT be in foreign food. I ate a few bites. It was okay, but my body was threatening to revolt.
And now, just a couple of random photos taken on the way out of town.
Always there are temples. Temples EVERYWHERE. If you have a keen eye, you can see one at the top of the first picture in this post. This temple, in the midst of a mountain, is the hugest one I have ever seen. This was taken from a long distance away.