Isabelle Engler has called Taipei, Tokyo, Paris, and San Diego home, and is now living in San Francisco with her husband. She enjoys traveling, taking photos, and experimenting in the kitchen. You will likely find her carrying one too many cameras and trying new foods with her husband off the beaten path somewhere in the world. Visit her portfolio, Facebook, or Instagram, and say hello!
In her journal, Isabelle revisits her childhood hometown of Taipei, then explores the serene landscapes of Taiwan’s countryside, enjoying many gastronomic adventures along the way (warning: do not read this on an empty stomach!).
Since you lived in Taipei before, how does it feel to return as a tourist?
It was familiar yet foreign at the same time. I recognize places from childhood, but a lot has changed in Taipei. It was great to show my husband where I grew up. We loved the people and food!
Which camera do you shoot with?
I brought two cameras with me to Taiwan, but a lot of my shots were shot with my iPhone 6 during this trip. Generally speaking, I shoot with a Leica M8 or Nikon FE. Lately, I’ve been using my iPhone 6 and Leica D-Lux 4 a lot too.
Do you have a favorite place that you’ve visited, and why?
That’s a difficult question. If I have to pick one, it would be Hoi An, Vietnam. I had traveled solo internationally quite a bit, and this was the first trip I took with my now husband. (Obviously things worked out!) Vietnam is a very beautiful and photogenic country, and Hoi An has amazing street food and friendly locals. I really enjoyed biking through this quaint city and trying all kinds of food.
What’s your favorite travel tip?
Travel light with an open mind -- the best souvenirs are your experiences.