Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The End

Our plane ride home was uneventful. We have been home about a month now . It was the trip of a lifetime with GREAT friends.

I hope you have enjoyed this blog as much as I have enjoyed making it.

Semper Fi

Taipei 101

Our last stop was Taipei 101. This beautiful building is 101 stories and 508 meters high. The elevator ride to the 89th floor observation deck took 45 seconds up and 45 seconds down. The elevator cabins are pressurized for the passengers comfort. The 18 foot diameter 730 ton steel sphere in the last two photos is to dampen the motion of the building. They say it eliminates about 60 percent of the motion. You can still feel the motion of the building and we are watching a sculpture vibrate in one of the last photos. There is and inside observation area on the 89th floor and an outside area on the 91st floor.

Look who is a chicken!

looking up from the 91st floor.

Wind dampening sphere

Monday, May 4, 2009

Taiwan City Tour

On our way home we spent a couple of days in Taipei, Taiwan. We had to visit one last Temple.

Chaing Kai-shek Memorial

War Memorial

Honor Guard and old Marines.

This was the toilet in our hotel room. It cleaned you up and had a heated seat. Only Denny tried out all the features.