Taipei Botanical Garden is the oldest Botanical Garden in Taiwan. It offers a free place to walk around and enjoy nature in southern Taipei. Obviously, the best way to get to Taipei Botanical Garden is to take public transportation. Xiaonanmen station exit 3 is to the north and multiple bus stops are to the south of the Garden. We visited in October but there is always some flower that is in bloom. Taipei Botanical Garden is open from 5:30 am to 10 pm every day.
After visiting Rareseed Pasture we drove up to the Wuhe terrace. Located in the rift valley Wuhe terrace is a popular place for growing both coffee and tea. I passed over the terrace on my Chinese New Years Bike trip in 2017. One of the most interesting parts of the terrace is the Saoba Stones.
I had forgotten I had filmed this. I took this video during my September visit to the USA. Danial Shays’ Rebellion was an early challenge to the pre-constitution USA government. In fact, the final showdown took place in Petersham Massachusetts where my father had grown up.
Hong Kong is one of the busiest ports in the world and has been a historically important port. Naturally, this makes the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and a great place to check out. The museum is located at Central Pier 8 and only costs 30 HKD to enter. This makes it easy to take the Star Ferry from Kowloon where I was staying to the Museum.
Despite being the type to get sea sick I actually kind of like boats. Well, maybe I like the idea of being on a boat out on the ocean better than the actual reality. Maybe a canoe or a kayak on a lake is more my speed but so his reading about history.
Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and one of the oldest cities in the United States. Dating back to 1630. Like most cities, it has a large metropolitan area around the city proper. Boston had the United States first public school, public park, and subway system. Boston played a central role in the early United States History.
Anyway, John and I took the train from Lowel to Boston then grabbed the Green Line to Boston Common. Despite working for the last few years in Boston John does not spend a lot of time exploring the city. I had not been to Boston since 2009 when I went with my GF at the time.
The town of Barre was were I grew up. It is a rural area that is not far from major urban areas. Despite being in a very different place now, it was a great place to grow up. Located in Worchester County it was incorporated in 1774 as Hutchinson after Thomas Hutchinson the Governor of the colony. However, in 1776 it was renamed Barre after Isaac Barre, a Parliament member that opposed the stamp tax. The Barre Historical Society is on the west side of the town common at 18 Common St. Barre Historical Society is open on Thursdays from 10 am until noon and on Sundays during the farmers market (summer mornings) and can be called at 978-355-4978.
Hardwick is a small town next to the one I grew up in. Made up of the villages of Hardwick, Gilbertville, Wheelwright, and Old Furnace. The town of Hardwick was settled in 1737 and incorporated in 1739. The Hardwick Historical Society was founded in 1961 and bought its current building from the town for one dollar. The building was the site of a school until the 1930’s. Latter it was used for engineers working on the Quabbin reservoir before becoming a meeting place for boy scoots and polling.
Located on the east side of the town common, in a brick building. The Hardwick Historical Society is open Sundays from 12 to 2 PM. In addition you can find them on Facebook.
The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes
Every so often you see something on social media and the comments section is the most interesting part. Ok, who am I kidding the comments are usually the interesting part. As you can see on the left we have an add to send a gun to help defend Britain by something called The American Committee for the Defense of British Homes (we will call it ACDBH for the rest of the article). Like a lot of small things from World War Two, it is hard to find much information on it. Sadly a lot of it is antidotal. So the two questions in the comments were; “Is it real?”, “Why?” and “What happened to the guns afterward?”
On my June visit to Taipei, I went to Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall. Completed in 1980 as a memorial to the former leader of the Republic of China it is still a popular tourist destination. With the change in views of Chiang Kai-shek, feelings and the impressions of the hall have shifted. The open area is now known as Liberty Square and this year the government has announced the Hall will be changed to face “history, recognizing agony, and respecting human rights.”
If you did not know, I love history. It was the one subject I was good at in school. So when I visited Tainan I was excited to visit the National History Museum of Taiwan. The museum opened in 2011 and has about 60,000 artifacts. It covers Aboriginal, Dutch, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese influence on the island.
The museum is best viewed from the top floor and working your way down. On the top floor is the special exhibits. When I went the exhibits were on New Migrants,Food in Taiwan and on the 2.28 incident.