Photos by MJ Klein Most photos are geotagged
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.”
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.
What I thought was cool, are the private houses that line the lake.
Not as big as Sun-Moon Lake, I actually liked this one better.
Looking back on our hotel.
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.
On the other side of the lake, there are boats you can take out and paddle to your heart’s content.
I don’t know what this is, but we walked over to it – some kind of a pavilion I guess you’d call it.
Just showing you some shots of the lake. It’s pretty relaxing there.
The main room where we stayed. Big wrap-around sofa.
2 good-sized beds.
Kind of a Japanese bed on the floor, with a desk and mirror.
Main room looking into the bedroom.
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!
Phoenix absolutely loved this tub! It’s big enough for the whole family to enjoy together.
Past the tub is the wash basin.
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).
Up the stairs, through the nice purple gate….
The decor is really interesting.
Great for kids, of course.
This is Phoenix (bottom) with Nathan, Todd’s son.
Nathan and Josie with Hui-chen.
They really are cute. I had never seen them in person before – only on Todd’s blog.
Naturally we had to get all the children together for a group photo!
Or maybe a hundred!
I shot this rather bizarrely processed photo of Todd and Josie. Josie is a really beautiful little girl. She is very well mannered too.
Some shots of the inside of the restaurant. This is the view when you open the front door.
The dining area where we sat.
The other side.
The kids loved these bears.
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.
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.
One last shot of the lake for the day.
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.
The train goes around the lake on a small loop road.
We passed the place were we were staying. This part of the hotel is new. Notice the glass elevator shaft.
More of these alcohol jugs.
Like many places in Taiwan, there are an abundance of areas where you can sit and do nothing, with no one sitting there.
Hard to photograph, there are lots of butterflies around this lake. Many people were trying to photograph them at various locations.
A parting shot of the area where we stayed. It was a nice 2 days!
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