Bukchon Hanok Village

Last weekend, we decided to venture out to find good coffee beans for when our HHG finally arrived and Domingos’s Chemex¬†coffeemaker could be put to use. (We love our Nespresso machine, and use it on weekday mornings, but Domingos likes using the Chemex on the weekends when he has time for the process.) One of the shops he found was near Anguk station, so I convinced him to take a stroll with me through the Bukchon Hanok Village first, a charming area of traditional houses and narrow alleys. Continue reading “Bukchon Hanok Village”

Changdeokgung Palace

On Veterans’ Day, we headed out to Changdeokgung Palace, hoping we could also get tickets for a Secret Garden tour the same day. The Secret Garden is only accessible by guided tour, and the tours are limited to 100 people each. We arrived just before 11:00, and although the 11:30 English tour was sold out, we were able to get tickets for the 1:30 tour. I’m going to break this into two separate posts, the palace and then the garden, since I have so many fantastic photos from both. Continue reading “Changdeokgung Palace”

Lunch Out in Itaewon

Yesterday, I ran into a woman who had been next door to us in the hotel. By happy chance, she’s living in the same neighborhood on post now, and it was nice to reconnect. She invited me to go out with her two young girls and another neighbor today. It was really nice to have companionship and a social outing! We went to lunch first. Here’s part of the menu: Continue reading “Lunch Out in Itaewon”