27
Jul
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July 7, 2013 Saturday – Las Vegas & Home We’ve come full circle and our last stop is back to Las Vegas in time for a late lunch. Foodnetwork took us to The Egg & I featured on Rachael Ray. I had the pesto with eggs. Muffins were delicious! 4.5 stars. Across the street we […]

24
Jul
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July 6, 2013 Saturday – Zion National Park Walked along a couple of hiking trails while our more fit friends did Angel’s Landing. I’m content to enjoy the beautiful sceneries with a nice stroll and a relaxing lunch at the Zion Lodge Red Rock Grill. We ended our Zion visit with the 6:30pm tour on bus […]

July 4, 2013 Thursday – La Caille If you think La Caille looks like a Thomas Kincaid painting, you are right. It is a beautiful venue for a wedding with swans and peacocks and everything picturesque. The temperature cooled to 90F in the late afternoon, and though we were sitting in the sun for the outdoor ceremony, you […]

22
Jul
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July 4, 2013 Thursday – Draper, Utah Thank you for coming along with me on my vacation. These blog posts are dragging on and on… Finally we are here in Draper, Utah, the reason why we are on this road trip. July 4 is the date of the wedding of our good friends. I’ve known […]

20
Jul

July 3, 2013 Wednesday – continued We had planned our vacation to attend Wednesday evening worship at Calvary Chapel Salt Lake City. I always like to go to church when we’re on vacation. It’s a chance to worship in a different setting with different people. I enjoy meeting others in Christ. We carefully chose this church […]

18
Jul
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July 3, 2013 Wednesday – Temple Square The Temple Square is the Mecca of Mormonism. Anything you want to know about Mormonism you can find it in Temple Square, in any language you want. We saw docents in just about every major language – their name tags show the flag of the country of the […]

16
Jul
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July 2, 2013 Tuesday – Park City, UT Grabbed a quick [heavy] breakfast (delicious quiche, egg croissant sandwich, and bagel sandwich, and splurged on a lemon cookie just to see what tastes like) at Paradise Bakery in Salt Lake City. Given the heat, I don’t like to waste the morning hours, so we take our […]

15
Jul
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June 30, 2013  Sunday – Salt Lake City Me: Is it always this hot this time of year in Salt Lake City? Plaza Hotel concierge: No. It’s usually hot in the 90′s but it’s unusual that it’s over 100 this week. Yes, another 105F+ day of our vacation. When my husband told me how much we […]

14
Jul
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6/30/2013 Sunday – Arches The sign in the lobby of Far View Lodge said sunrise is at 5:48am, so I set my alarm at 5:30am. I wake up at the sound of the alarm and stumble out to the balcony hoping to catch a glimpse of glory. Lo and behold, it was hazy, due to […]

12
Jul
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6/28/2013 Friday – Mesa Verde The first thing we noticed about Far View Lodge is that there is no TV in the room. Woohoo! I’m excited! We don’t have regular TV at home for a reason. We are not into pop culture. However, we do miss FoodNetwork, which is what we always watch when we […]

11
Jul

6/28/2013 Friday – Mesa Verde continued Me: There’s the sign saying Mesa Verde National Park exit. Should I take it? Husband: No. That’s not the route on the GPS. Follow the GPS. 20 minutes later, the GPS is telling me to turn down a narrow road behind some ranch house, and another turn that seems […]

10
Jul
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6/28/2013 Friday – Mesa Verde The long drive on our road trip goes by fast when we are having fun. We were prepared with downloads of the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, sermons by Mike Erre, and a random playlist of songs from The Temptations to Jack Johnson to worship songs. The scenery of red […]

09
Jul
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Our vacation, continued. 6/27/2013 Thursday – Hoover Dam After we left Vegas, we did a quick stop at Hoover Dam. In 105F+ temperature, we did not feel like getting out! Just to say we’ve been there is good enough for now. No strong desire to pay to take the power plant tour. It’s not on […]

08
Jul

We left on 6/26/2013 for a road trip to Salt Lake City. The occasion: destination wedding of a good friend. Here are some reflections: 6/26 Wednesday – 4-hour drive to Vegas Checked into Treasure Island Me: [opens closet] That’s the biggest safe I’ve ever seen in a hotel. Must be for all the winnings. Daughter: […]

Friday 7/8 The most exciting thing about landing in Taiwan is not Taiwan, but seeing E greeting us at the airport! He flew in from Saigon a few hours earlier, joining us for this vacation. Second on the list of exciting thing about Taiwan is meeting T’s friends. They have a nice big van that […]

Saturday, 7/9 This is our first full day in Taiwan. I slept maybe 5 hours with the jet lag, but felt rested. First thing we did was buy an MRT card loaded with enough credits for rides for our entire time in Taipei. I love the MRT, so efficient, so clean, so convenient, so easy […]

I’m still writing about my vacation. In my backwards recall of our days in Taiwan, I am now back at the first weekend when we arrived there. We arrived on Friday, 7/8, but I’ll start with Sunday, 7/10 and go back from there. Sunday, 7/10 We woke up early to make our way to worship […]

19
Aug

Continuing on with recollections of our trip to Taiwan – Monday 7/11 – Friday 5/15 Monday 7/11 – tour begins After researching various tour options, I settled on booking with Edison Travel Services, mainly based on comments on Tripadvisor. If you have a business with negative comments on the internet, you’re in trouble. The itinerary […]

10
Aug

Saturday, 7/16 Sent off a birthday wish to Au. I don’t remember when we haven’t been together to celebrate her birthday. She’s in Germany while we are in Taiwan, and that doesn’t happen very often…actually never, and will probably never happen again. We spent the day with T, first going to Danshui, known for shopping, […]

09
Aug
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Rewinding backwards, I am now going to recall the fun we had in Taiwan, starting from the last day we were there. Monday, 7/18 On Sunday night we stayed at City Suites Gateway hotel near Taoyuan airport. Our flight was about 10am, so we woke early and took a taxi to the airport (100TWD). The […]