Travelling to Taipei day! But not before we headed to one last destination in Taichung.
After the terrible experiences with cab drivers the day before, we vowed that we would just adamantly tell the taxi driver that we only wanted to go to Moncoeur (心之芳庭) and refuse everything else.
We got a cab a couple of stops away from our hotel, where yes the taxi driver tried once again to convince us to go on a couple of other sightseeing trips (because getting to Taipei via the high speed rail is incredibly fast anyway so we don’t need to go there so early) but we just insisted on our original plan. Sigh, what IS with Taiwan and their cab drivers?!?! I did find it pretty funny when the driver chided Nigel for ‘bringing’ me there so early because it would be super hot and that it would only be romantic at night.
So anyway, Moncoeur is this really pretty, fancy garden-like tourist destination in Taichung that couples apparently love. There is no direct bus/train that you can take there so the only way to get there is to drive! ‘Mon Coeur’ means ‘My Heart’ in French, and the place was designed as a scenic spot for weddings to place at! There’s even a really gorgeous little house (not open for visitors to explore but you can still see it from a distance) meant for wedding receptions.
Our entrance fee cost us NT$200 (S$8) again, just like the fee to enter Carton King, and once again you can use the coupon for food/souvenirs! We used it all on our lunch because we didn’t think we would have any use for the various lavender products at the souvenir store. I actually wanted to visit the lavender farm in Taichung but it wasn’t the season for lavenders! 😦
I guess one good thing about being in a place meant for touristy couple shots is that you don’t feel that embarrassed about milking the scenery for shots like these hahahah.
Had lunch at the only cafe there! It was supposedly French inspired too.
You know, the thing about cute novelty cafes is that they are usually well, novelty. So it’s hard to find substance that goes beyond their carefully decorated exteriors. And by substance I am totally referring to the cafe’s food of course.
Not a big fan of pesto, and this chicken cheesy baked rice had a TON of it.
We were staring at this when it came because the pork chop looked totally uncooked?? It was though – and it didn’t taste as bad as it looked, but the best part of our meal was probably…the fries. 😥 At least we didn’t exactly pay for our meal since we used our coupons.
The souvenir store! Stocked to the brim with lavender/lavender-related products.
We spent around an hour plus there, and then we were pretty lucky to get a cab almost right away because there was a driver waiting outside the attraction for another family. To earn more money he didn’t buy taking us as passengers, but only to a nearby train station just in case the family he was waiting for came out early. But it wasn’t so bad because it was definitely a cheaper alternative anyway!
1 Fong Ting Road
Beitun district, Taichung, Taiwan