The Old Jewish Cemetery – Prague

Old Jewish Cemetery
The Old Jewish Cemetery was established in Josefov, Prague’s former Jewish ghetto in the fifteenth century.  The oldest tombstone dates back to 1439 and marks the grave of the poet Avigdor Kara.  I was left in awe at the number of tombstones on such a small area of land.  There are about 12,000 tombstones and an estimated 100,000 burials.  Since space was at a premium, bodies were buried on top of each other.  It is estimated the graves are layered about 12 deep.
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Karlštejn Castle

Castle
A short journey from Prague, Karlštejn Castle was built by Charles IV from 1348 to 1357 to safeguard the crown jewels of the Holy Roman Empire.  The castle’s current look is the result of a neo-Gothic reconstruction by Josef Mocker between 1887 and 1899.
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Taiwan B&B Travel Guide

Insect
Eric Wu has been hard at work putting on the finishing touches of the Taiwan B&B Travel Guide website.  The site contains a lot of useful information for people considering traveling to Taiwan and is easy to navigate.  Check it out!

Chih-Shan Yen Prehistoric Site

Chih Shan-Yen Prehistoric Site 芝山岩遺址

I finally got around to returning to the Chih-Shan Yen Prehistoric Site [芝山岩遺址]. The previous time I visited, it was closed. This archaeological excavation revealed details of an advanced Austronesian population that lived in Taiwan. Radiocarbon dating places this layer in the strata between 3,600 to 3,000 BCE [Wikipedia article (CH)]. Besides an introductory Chinese/English plaque outside, there is really no information inside except for a small brochure about Chih-Shan Park. The volunteer was helpful and knowledgeable, but anyone who doesn’t understand Chinese may not get much out of a visit.
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Chih Shan-Yen Gate and Huiji Temple

Chih Shan-Yen Gate

I had some time to kill before work yesterday so I decided to check out a few places I had been meaning to visit for a while. The Chih Shan-Yen Gate [芝山岩隘門] is on the stairway up to Huiji Temple [惠濟宮].
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The View from Erping

Erping Panorama

We made a very brief stop after Checheng [車埕] to buy ice cream at a small shop in Erping [二坪], the view from the shop was as great as the ice cream during this unseasonably warm winter.

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Checheng, Nantou County

Train Station

Nantou County’s Checheng [車埕] serves as the terminal station of the Jiji Branch Line [集集線]. In the past, the area prospered as a transshipment point for lumber and from hydroelectric building projects [the Menpaitan (門牌潭) powerhouse in 1919 and later the Minghu (明湖) and Mingtan (明潭) powerhouses built in the 1980s].
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Liuhuangku Geothermal Scenic Area

Liuhuangku 6

I had some time to kill before going to work, a rarity awarded to me during Shida’s semester breaks, so I decided to walk from Xinbeitou Station [新北投站] to Zhongzheng Mountain [中正山]. I didn’t know anything about the mountain, I just saw a picture of its location on the area map located inside the MRT station. Along the way I got lost changed my mind and decided to stop at the Liuhuangku Geothermal Scenic Area [硫磺谷地熱景觀區].
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MOS Burger Romanized Menu

I have included links to pictures from the company’s online menu.

All Star

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Ginkaku-ji [The Silver Pavilion Temple]

Ginkakuji Temple 5

Ginkaku-ji [銀閣寺] was established in 1482 by Ashikaga Yoshimasa, the eighth Muromachi Shogunate. Sitting on the roof is a golden bronze phoenix dedicated to Kannonbosatu [the Goddess of Mercy]. It faces east and protects Ginkaku-ji.
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