We toured a small part of the coastline to the north of Taipei then climbed and climbed up, up to the Jioufen village, an old gold mining area now a tourist attraction and with views like this it is little wonder.
Many interesting tea houses and eateries dot the steep streets that are overrun with excited tourists.
The Taipei Zoo, which was established 102 years ago has a Panda enclosure and they were delightful to watch as they ate their snacks and stripped bamboo or rolled around with huge ice blocks that held a tasty treat in the centre.
The gardens were very tropical and well maintained. We are finding Taipei is clean, people are kind and helpful and the traffic obeys the signals!
These were the colourful doors in the ladies toilets. Aussie and Taiwanese bonding!
The Joy of being Green is my latest quilt from the Viewpoints 9 monochromatic challenge set by Kate Themel. The reveal from all the artists is happening now so hop over to the V9 blog [link above] to see the wonderful quilts.
We are in Taipei for a few days and have discovered it's all about the food here! The choices are endless and variety also amazing with cafes, restaurants and night markets plus street vendors all competing for our attention! It is hard to decide but this stall with everything on skewers caught my eye, although we didn't try one of their pieces.
Loved the colour.
When you ordered it was then cooked in a deep fryer. This stall was at the Ning Xia night market.
This was my dessert another night. Sweet potato, the orange colour, with green Matcha jelly and Mocha balls, the brown ones [glutinous rice outside with yellow custard filling]- yum!
Holiday time approached for us and we will be travelling to Taiwan, where will meet up with a group of artists going to Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 16. This is all very exciting and I hope to be able to post photos and stories here, on the blog, along the way. In preparation for a month in Vietnam after the Taiwanese travel, I dyed cotton fabric which a friend had given me. The cloth holds stitches and threads from a past life.
I like this and was thinking about the recent history of Vietnam in the 1970's when I coloured this 'conflict' cloth. Am taking the oil paint sticks and 6 fabric squares to play with.
Travel is an exciting & large part of my life, combined with creating fabric, stitching art quilts & enjoying textile traditions around the world.
I work in the quilting industry; exhibit, judge, curate, tutor & write.
These are some of the threads of my life.