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Businesses and shops line Taipei's major thoroughfares and side streets, but...

...parks abound, filled with trees, shade, flowers, ponds, and active people: tai chi, tango, zumba and more.

This lovely pond is tucked away by the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall

A beautiful 'tray' of lotus plants seems to float on the water

Despite the faraway feeling, Taipei's metropolitan features are just a short stroll away from here

Look closely --- it's a quite yet lively place.

No children playing in the morning's heat, but at dusk, this place will draw many delighted children and families

I love these power-boxes, sometimes fenced in...

...and sometimes right out on the sidewalk.And sometimes right out on the sidewalk…

Motorcycles make sense in city traffic; this building is just a few yards away from three massive Japanese-style department stores, with great food courts in the basement of each one.

Guardian lion mother plays with her cub while keeping an eye on beautiful Taipei.

About the Author
Nancie McDermott is a food writer and cooking teacher, and the author of ten cookbooks. Her passion is researching and celebrating traditional food in its cultural context, and her beloved subjects are two seemingly different places with much in common: the cuisines of Asia and of the American South. Nancie gained her Southern kitchen wisdom as a Piedmont North Carolina native,and her Asian culinary research commenced soon after college, when she was sent to northeastern Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer.
  1. Nancie McDermott Reply

    Someone may come here to comment that there is no turtle, at least not one easy to see. Correct! I left out the turtle, and at this moment, blog-admin fairies are teaching me a lesson by not allowing me back in to fix that up. I promise to restore the turtle to the morning walk, and I’ll give you a hint; look near the lotus pond in a little while…

  2. Belinda Smith-Sullivan Reply

    Nancie, absolutely breathtaking photos! Thanks for taking us along with on this journey.

  3. The Duo Dishes Reply

    Agreed! This is a fun look into life in another part of the world.

    • Nancie McDermott Reply

      I love you two, and am so pleased you duo-ed all the way over here to join me on my Taipei walkaround. More coming up…Any chance y’all will be at IFBC in NOLA late August?

  4. Nancie McDermott Reply

    My pleasure, Belinda. We’ll go around on some foodie tours one of these days, right? Right!

  5. Jill O'Connor Reply

    Gorgeous…and HOT! What fun you must be having!

    • Nancie McDermott Reply

      Thank you, Jill. It was sweet and hot and good, every single minute. Still lots of pix and tales to share, so check back by when you have time….

  6. Chef Sherlock Reply

    Taipei looks very clean and well maintained – kind of reminds me of Korea. Have you been there?

    • Nancie McDermott Reply

      It’s a beautiful city, and I’ve only begun to explore its delights, with an emphasis on the culinary ones. I have visited Korea once, en route home from my Peace Corps service in Thailand. I’m long overdue for a return visit, and for an extended one. I only got a quick impression from 3 or 4 days, but I loved being there. There’s a television series on Korean food and travel this fall — maybe you know about it. I’m looking forward to checking it out.

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