Sunday, September 8, 2013

Saluting Taipei

Pipkin and Domo had very little time to walk Taipei today and they couldn't agree on where to spend their time. In situations like these, sometimes it's best to agree to disagree and spend a little time on your own. After a week of bunking together, Pip wanted a little solitude. So Domo went to Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall to see the Changing of the Guards, while Pip hopped over to Taipei 101, the seemingly crooked tower in the photo above. (It's not leaning, it's a "keystone effect" caused by the camera angle.)

Domo salutes Dr. Sun Yat-sen
The gold roofed building is a memorial to Taiwan's National Father, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Every hour there is a changing of the guard ceremony that draws a lot of tourists into the lobby to watch the guards march and put on displays of rifle twirling and tossing maneuvers.

Pipkin went to Taipei 101, the world's tallest building from 2004 until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai was completed in 2010. Taipei 101 has (you guessed it) 101 stories above ground and 5 below ground.

Pipkin didn't make it much further past this guy. "No animals inside the building!"
Pipkin thought he'd have time to hop up the stairs but no animals were allowed inside. He'll just have to enjoy the view from oustide.

It's quite...tall.

Where is the love? Oh, out here. Not inside.
Pipkin didn't know one of Robert Indiana's LOVE sculptures was here in Taipei. He's pretty happy about it, and he's forgotten all about the whole "no animals" thing. Love is all you need.

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