Long drives are a thing for me and Love, given that we get to discover and visit places, sitting at the passenger seat with him always gives us the alone time we need to converse and catch up on things that had happened over the past days or weeks. We have been to Batangas last 2016 as we visit Caleruega Church in Nasugbu and Stilts Beach Resort in Calatagan, but just this weekend we decided to paved our way up again, this time to visit Taal Batangas, Taal Heritage Town to be exact.
A lot has been blogged about the place which triggered the excitement within me and Love, following our frenzy for long drives and not to mention our growing ardor for museums and history 🙂 One post that has helped us a lot is willflyforfood.net’s The First Timers Travel Guide To Taal Heritage Town Batangas. We followed no particular itinerary, but lean towards the post as reference.
The Road We Traveled. We departed my place, General Trias Cavite around 11am and chose to drive along Amadeo to reach Tagaytay, having in mind to reach Taal via Tagaytay – Nasugbu Highway with a left turn at Diokno Highway (this road should be visible right before the Nasugbu Batangas welcome arch). Our gas tank that time based on Love’s estimate is at Php700, Love came from Las Pinas before heading to my place by the way.
We first had lunch at Mushroom Burger which is an all time favorite fastfood chain for us. Mushroom fries? Always a hit! ❤ We had 2 buckets of mushroom fries, rootbeer and cola, and chicken value meals for only Php454. For those coming from Manila or Cavite like us it is best to have tummies full along Tagaytay since there are limited fastfood chains along the road to Batangas.
After a quick food fix we then headed back on the road, only to find out that Diokno Highway (the fastest and shortest route to reach Taal) is temporarily close following series of road rehabilitation. One of the locals said we could also take a left turn at Caleruega but we chose not to since its safer to go for the bigger roads and also a whole lot easier when we need to ask people for directions. No choice left but to continue driving along Nasugbu to Balayan all the way to reach Lemery – Palico (alternate route). This route we took was longer than expected as we go town to town which should not be the case if only Diokno Highway is available.
Welcome To Taal. We kind of reach Taal around 3:30PM, travel time is inclusive of course of the lunch we had in Tagaytay and few stopovers for water, traffic, and checking our path with the locals we come across with. We were greeted upon arrival by the wonderful architecture of Basilica ng Taal or even more popularly known as Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours. One can not go wrong within the area since right after passing through Taal’s welcome arch, the path is headed straight to the municipal hall and the church. Parking around is free of charge.
It was super hot in Taal, the sun is so bright up until 5:30PM at that time. We ofcourse went inside the church (with a wedding on going) to pray for our own intentions and to take a few snaps. During that time, few tourists can be spotted which is a good point for me to take some pictures.
Above are some of the snaps of us inside the church, we could not take much pictures because of the on going wedding ceremony.
After a good half an hour stay inside the Basilica we then brave ourselves to head outside and walk around the area. We talked to the tricycle drivers parked just in front of the church asking them on which way shall we go to visit vintage houses, since we are aware that all of them will close at 5PM we tried our luck to visit even just one, luckily however we have explored 2 houses. 🙂
Few steps from the church are the vintage houses and attractions in Taal like the street food market and specialty food stops. Given the time, we have visited only Galleria Taal and Bahay Ni Apacible.
Part 2 of our weekend at Taal is on my next post! ❤ ❤ ❤