First Major Site Seeing spot — Cona’s Chococastle
The ticket price was 300 or 250 TWD, and our driver told us that it can offset our purchases which mean that it is a free entrance. It is a really nice posh place with European feels.
Unfortunately, I had a sudden stomach ache and had to visit their toilet at level two, and in there i discovered the best reason to visit Cona’s..
After I was done with my business, it was time for Baby Domo to have her milk and off to the breastfeeding room we go. One thing for sure is that, in Taiwan, a pro breast feeding country, almost everywhere, you can finda breastfeeding room. These rooms are usually not equipped with the bare minimum (unlike in Singapore, where you can expect only a small chair and a table in a small room).
After that we proceeded to explore the Castle proper. We went back to level three to visit their chocolate facility and play a “make your own chocolate” machine.
After viewing how they make the chocolate, we went down to level 2 to try some of their chocolate ice
When we went down to level one to see the rest of the chocolate, it was indeed a very impressive sight (till forget to take
https://www.conas-choc.com/ (main website)
https://shop.conas.com.tw/ (their online shop)
Here are the two links to their websites. Overall, I will say that Cona’s is a beautiful place but it is rather small and out of the way. If it is on your way, do pop by to take a look, otherwise, you might consider other places instead.
The next stop is lunch , we were given a few choices and we settled for 酥妈妈汤圆.
It was a nice experience, eating something that is not a restaurant (this driver only bring us to cheap places XD). It really let us feel and enjoy the life of the locals here. This is one of the reason why I do not really enjoy Taipei as much, it feels more and more like Singapore , hectic inside a concrete jungle.
After this we moved on to our next sight seeing place. To be honest, we wanted something different for this trip since its the first time we are bringing Baby Domo along but due to the wet weather, we can only choose places that are indoor.
Next stop is some honey making place, to be honest when we reached, there was literally no one attending to the place.. lol. Even the exhbition lights were turn off, well I guess this is reality. No one will come for sightseeing on a weekday especially one that is so far out.
We went through the exhibition and purchased some of the honey back and off we go to the next stop. It was quite sad that there are no other tourists here today but oh well. The next stop is KOKOMU, a small establishment that sells wood products.
Generally a small place, we did not have time to sit down and DIY but we did purchase a unique music box with a carving of a character from one of the Studio Ghibli film. Why are we rushing so much? Because we are going to the highlight of the day – Moncoeur.
The landscape is extraordinary and it even have a small lake at the side as we walk towards the compound. There are a few shops at the very end and there are lots of greenery in the area. The main purpose of us for visiting this place is to purchase their products. It is most unfortunate that while we were trying to go the shop , it started to rain heavily. We had no choice but to leave the Moncoeur after we are doing shopping as the rain was just too big. The last thing we want is having anyone sick for the rest of the trip.
Honestly, if I am a resident of Taiwan, I will be proud of the baby room and the receptiveness to breast feeding here. The standard is just years beyond Singapore’s level. We quickly went back to the car as the rain becomes bigger and proceed to our second last stop –
After this, we proceeded to have our dinner – Braised pork meat again but this time round, the meat comes in a big piece. At this point of time, Baby Domo have been so cranky it is affecting us. I ordered just one bowl of us to share and we left for the HSR. We bid farewell to Mr Lin and we wait for our train back to Taipei, we wanted to squeeze onto a earlier train but it was so packed and I decided not to squeeze in.
Finally we reach back to Taipei, drained and hungry. We decided to have our dinner at our favourite fast food – Mos Burger (by the way, Mos Burger in Taiwan is so much nicer than Singapore’s). After that, we dragged our body back to the hotel and crashed for the night. We thought that Baby Domo will be worn out after so many activities today but….
It was a struggle as we try to get her to sleep but in the end, everyone could not sleep well at all…at least this concluded the second day…
Stay tuned for the next post, where I will most likely combine the remaining few days’ key events together.