France Trip, Part 1: Paris

We arrived in Paris (direct flight from Taipei) on Monday July 13 around 07:am. The time to go to our hotel, a shower and then run to handle whatever about my work and documents (administrative stuff).

I worried a lot because the next day was July 14: the French National Day.

Usually, people make the “pont” (“bridge”) and so don’t work.

But I was lucky enough, all the official offices I needed to go were open.

Rush, rush, and rush. That was the time in Paris, so not so much time to take pictures.

But still… Here is for our quick lunch on Monday (arrival day) – thanks to our waiter:

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Even tired (14 hours flight), we were very happy. We went to a “cafe” I like, near Saint Germain.

Have a look on the food: a sandwich for me and a salad for my Queen:

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I know, you must be jealous 🙂

The glass for my beer was funny: it was for the rugby world cup:

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Funny, isn’t it? Like the ball… 🙂

From a taxi, my Queen shot the Eiffel Tower, but it looks like the Italian tower from “Pise” 🙂 :

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In the evening, next day,  we went to a restaurant near our hotel.

I always used to go there for their Carpaccio. Delicious!!! :

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According our faces, you can imagine we enjoyed our food and wine (rose).

Next part will be for the city I was born… well, a while ago 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the pictures.

 

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Taiwan: I Am Back From France, Nothing Changed here

I am back from France, after 2~3 weeks in France with my Queen. Sorry my dear readers for not posting during that time.

I bought the Taipei Times Newspaper and noticed that nothing changed here in Taiwan.

But why expecting any change?

According the news (last Wednesday):

1- During his last hearing (verdict should be announced on September 11), the former President broke his silence to describe his trial as unfair:

  • last September, the Special Investigation Panel prosecutors held a press conference to say they would step down if they failed to successfully prosecute him…
  • the switching of the judges…
  • no procedural justice…
  • double standards…

And if I well understood (but I forgot the source), he will still be in jail until the verdict. I have no idea why…

 

2- the World Game was clearly a success according what I read and heard. Normally the president of the country is not supposed to be invited according his status. But the mayor of Kaohsiung who organized the game succeeded to make him invited as the president. What did he say during the inaugural speech? He thanks China…

Can you believe that?

Did he mentioned that the Chinese team boycotted the opening and closing ceremonies?

Of course not…

Not mentioning the lake of strong support from the central government and its political party to organize the game (according the organizers). Maybe the Deaflympics (in Taipei next September) will get more support as the mayor is from the in-charge political party…

No comments…

Anyway, let’s forget politics.

I am preparing the pictures shot in France and also the “surprise” I promised you in my last post.

Give me 1 or 2 days… or maybe it will done today?

🙂

 

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Trip Time!

My dear readers,

Sorry. I didn’t post since few days, being quite busy with some administrative stuff.

And… In few hours I am flying with my Queen to France, for about 2 weeks.

The first one will be for my work and then… vacations! Cool

I will bring my notebook with me so I hope to be able to upload the pictures I already prepared.

I have some surprises for you…

Beside, I will shot some pictures from France too…

Almost 6pm, time for one more shower (so hot…) and then, direction to Taoyuan Airport Wave

So excited… I didn’t go back to France since a while.

Wish that everything will be great and smooth.

Let’s keep in touch Dancing

 

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Taiwan: A Hot Day

During the summer, it’s very common to have 35 Celsius degrees here or even more.

I was walking around here and a man fainted in the middle of a busy intersection.

Traffic quickly piled up in all directions, so a woman rushed to help him.

When she knelt down to loosen his collar, a man emerged from the crowd, pushed her aside, and said, "It’s all right honey, I’ve had a course in first aid."

The woman stood up and watched as he took the ill man’s pulse and prepared to administer artificial respiration.

At this point she tapped him on the shoulder and said, "When you get to the part about calling a doctor,I’m already here."

😆

 

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Taiwan and Chinese Tourists: The Final Truth?

I posted several times about the willing of the Taiwanese government to develop the Chinese tourism in Taiwan (all policies are now toward China), whatever the price.

It seems that tourists from other countries are not very important even though they are the majority…

So a lot of million is spent for that, even though I don’t know who really get the money…

The government claimed that 3,000 Chinese tourists will come.

Since the policy was implemented on July 4 last year, only about 360,000 tourists from China had visited the country, or around 1,000 per day, much less than the government’s promise of 3,000.

About 3.5 million Taiwanese visited China in the same period, 10 times the figure for Chinese tourists…

The government claimed that Chinese tourists would bring NT$60 billion in revenue per year.

According the today’s news (HERE):

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according to the Sun Moon Lake National Scenic Area Administration, Chinese tourists spent on average NT$1,500 per day between January and last month, similar to what the average foreign tourist spent in the 1970s

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So officials are blaming whatever: H1N1, crisis… just name it.

And the president added:

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There’s nothing wrong with the situation now and I believe we will attract more Chinese tourists when the tourism industry is ready. Chinese tourists are very interested in visiting Taiwan

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So of course, once more time, he was misunderstood but he is right…

Does he listen the professionals (HERE):

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Meanwhile, travel agencies complained in a separate meeting that their partner travel agencies in China often write checks payable only after three to six months, causing them tremendous financial pressure

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Obviously according professionals, Chinese tourists provide mode trouble than  praise…

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Other hotel operators said that while it was not news that guests often steal towels and slippers, they still found it quite shocking that Chinese tourists would take shoe brushes, shoe horns, hangers and even closet door knobs away

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Don’t they understand that the problem is not the quantity, but the quality?

Beside, even if 3,000 or 5,000 (as expected by the government) Chinese tourists come to Taiwan every day, staying for example 7 days, do your math. Most of the beautiful spots in Taiwan are not prepared for such a big number of visitors.

When the president said that more Chinese will come when the tourism industry is ready, does he mean to destroy the environment to let the way to more buses, more parking lot, more hotels? So in Alishan area, it will mean to destroy one part of the forest.

… just to please his ego by increasing the Chinese visitors number.

They don’t understand: by playing the quantity, they will destroy the environment and the beauty of Taiwan (kill the chicken which provides golden eggs) and that, for a poor result as mentioned by the professionals (see above: low level of spending, very bad behavior…).

By playing the quality, they will focus on the environment, keeping and even improving the beauty of the island and improving the quality of the services provided by the tourist industry.

They will attract tourists more respectful and with a higher level of spending.

Finally, the tourism industry will by this way, increase its added value.

That is pure common sense.

But does the government use its common sense concerning its economic decision?

Taipei Times Editorial Cartoon.

Taiwan is an island. Not a big country as US or China. Once the eco-system is destroyed, who will come to visit here?

 

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