[ 水草文化館 ] Seaweed Gallery
有時候人生就是要來一個 “去他的 XYZ”. 這樣才能退一步-海闊天空一下.
總算暫時解脫考試的夢饜. 親愛的夏天我來啦! (雖然 technically 我已經沒有 “暑假” 這種東西了 *sigh*)
I managed to escape to the other side of the Central Mountain Range (中央山脈) of Taiwan to experience what we would call the “country-style” of living. Thanks to the ladies and gentlemen that made this trip enjoyable! 🙂 Although I pretty much have to travel to I-Lan (宜蘭) at least once in a week, I hardly get a chance to see the places in that area. So this time, we are off to I-Lan to the most-talked about Whisky Distillery (金車威士忌酒莊) and….
the Seaweed place I was talking about!
The Convention and Meeting Space.
The King Car Whisky Distillery – exterior.
The gallery part was quite short, especially when you don’t have a guide that explains the details to you. So we moved directly to the building (酒堡) where we could try some whisky. This photo was taken when we were waiting in the line.
You see why we need to line up – all the people sitting in there are in a “whisky-tasting” session.
I think each session probably last less than 20 minutes.
The space for tasting the whisky – when they’ve just prepared the tables for the next wave of guests.
Every one gets a glass for taster.
But you can see there wasn’t a lot… haha It was definitely strong ‘though!
沒有想像中灌到醉的感覺. 不過有嘗到也就ok 啦. 果然需要加冰塊+水.
After the whisky distillery, we headed to Wushi Harbour (烏石港) for seafood lunch. Then we saw lots of people surfing off the shore. It’s quite amazing. Last time I remember seeing so many people surfing was when I was in San Diego. (See Surfers and Titanic Tea at Pacific Beach) . But the place reminds me of Cornwall when I went surfing with the ISC group. (see Surfing in Newquay) :p
From the dyke, we were able to see the Turtle Island (龜山島). That’s one of the places that I’d like to go some time. You’ll need to register with the local authority to go to that island. There used to be a small village on there. But the whole village residents were relocated in 1977. The island has a shape like a turtle (hence the name). But one of the coolest things is that with seasonal changes and tidal changes, the “tail” of the turtle will “sway” (due to movement of current and sand deposition)Nowadays visitors would come here for whale-watching. (賞鯨)
Our last destination of the day was the Seaweed Gallery(水草文化館), On our way to the seemingly remote location of the gallery, we saw this interesting building. It looks modern and has a “moat”-like water channel around it. & There were no buildings or other infrastructures around it. It’s quite nice in a sense. If it were a glass house and there’s a white grand piano or harp in there, that’d be a pretty scene. I think I can open a art gallery and lounge. haha.
The unbelievably green field we saw along the way.
Someone told me this is the flowers of the passion fruit plants.
聽人說這是百香果的花. 真的假的?! :p
I just thought it looked interesting at the moment.
A restaurant that has “Seaweed Meals”. The pools in these concrete cubes are aquatic farms.
Display introducing the different aquatic plants in the buidling.
Viewing the main entrance into the gallery space. It’s quite clean and chic.
More display cases. It’s pretty much like a mini science world.
There was a nice and spacious room inside the small centre. It was excellent for leisure talks. We were glad we got in before it started downpouring! We had such a nice view of the surrounding from that sheltered space. It was a waste not to have some tea and biscuits. We could have an afternoon party here. :p
The other view of the room and the view outside. It’s such a relaxing place. I almost forgot I have a gazillion things to worry about. haha. Just kidding.
It was a beau afternoon.
Exterior of the building. Some parts got yellowy. Not sure if it was intentional.
There was also a shop that sells all kinds of seaweed omiyage (souvenir). You can find these HUGE seaweed balls that you can see almost all over the place in Hokkaido too. (see Hokkaido Seaweed Balls). According to the signs I saw in Hokkaido, these ones must also be like 100 years old each!
金車威士忌酒莊 King Car Whisky Distillery