Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

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Photos by MJ Klein  Most photos are geotagged

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Picking up where we left off on our last installment, we went to this place to spend the night.  We’ll show you the room we stayed in, and then you’ll understand why we ended up staying here for 2 nights, instead of one!  The English name is “The Solas.”

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Liyu Lake has a boardwalk around it, and we set out exploring a bit.  There was a wedding on the following day and things had been setup for that.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

What I thought was cool, are the private houses that line the lake.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Not as big as Sun-Moon Lake, I actually liked this one better.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Looking back on our hotel.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Hui-chen had originally wanted to stay here in this place on the other side of the lake, but in the end I was glad we stayed where we did.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

On the other side of the lake, there are boats you can take out and paddle to your heart’s content.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

I don’t know what this is, but we walked over to it – some kind of a pavilion I guess you’d call it.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Just showing you some shots of the lake.  It’s pretty relaxing there.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The main room where we stayed.  Big wrap-around sofa.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

2 good-sized beds.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Kind of a Japanese bed on the floor, with a desk and mirror.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Main room looking into the bedroom.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The large bathtub.  This is a hot springs resort and the hot water is hot spring water.  Notice the white line across the tub.  This is a piece of wire molding, that “hides” a wire that runs across the side of the tub.  I took a look, and the wire appears to be a 120V “hot” wire (it’s black) but I certainly hope they’re not using it for power because when the tub is in use, this wire is under water!  We didn’t have any issues with the wire, but then again, if we did, we’d be dead before we realized what happened!

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Phoenix absolutely loved this tub!  It’s big enough for the whole family to enjoy together.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Past the tub is the wash basin.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The next day, we met Todd and Kathy at their home, and then followed them to this cool restaurant (photo is geotagged so you can look at the location if you like).

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Up the stairs, through the nice purple gate….

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The decor is really interesting.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Great for kids, of course.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

This is Phoenix (bottom) with Nathan, Todd’s son.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Nathan and Josie with Hui-chen.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

They really are cute.  I had never seen them in person before – only on Todd’s blog.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Naturally we had to get all the children together for a group photo!

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Or maybe a hundred!

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

I shot this rather bizarrely processed photo of Todd and Josie.  Josie is a really beautiful little girl.  She is very well mannered too.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Some shots of the inside of the restaurant.  This is the view when you open the front door.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The dining area where we sat.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The other side.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The kids loved these bears.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

After lunch, we went back to our hotel.  There is a small train that you can ride for free, using a voucher from the hotel.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The train office is near this interesting tree stump.  The trains were finished running for the day, so we would have to come back tomorrow.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

One last shot of the lake for the day.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The following day we went to the train office and got our tickets.  We had to sit near a loudspeaker that was affixed to the roof of the car.  Of course, it was way too loud.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

The train goes around the lake on a small loop road.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

We passed the place were we were staying.  This part of the hotel is new.  Notice the glass elevator shaft.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

More of these alcohol jugs.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Like many places in Taiwan, there are an abundance of areas where you can sit and do nothing, with no one sitting there.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Hard to photograph, there are lots of butterflies around this lake.  Many people were trying to photograph them at various locations.

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two

A parting shot of the area where we stayed.  It was a nice 2 days!

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Articles in series Nantou:

  1. Our Visit to Nantou, Part One
  2. Our Visit to Nantou, Part Two
  3. Attack Of The Pandas!
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3 comments

  1. Thanks for stopping by MJ! It was great seeing you and Hui-chen and a pleasure meeting your wonderful little girl! Hope to see you all again in the near future! Did you end up going to the train activity in Jiji the following week?
    Todd´s last post ..The Jhongsing Village Lotus Ponds

    1. thanks Todd, the pleasure was all ours! we didn’t go do the train, but i wish we had. we did a steam train in the US and it was really a cool experience. i’ll let you know when we’re in the area next time! take care.

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