Thanksgiving hike

October 11, 2015

It's the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend which means turkey, family, hikes, and 3 days work free. I'm always grateful for this break to spend some time with my family. My sister invited the whole family at her house for dinner. She cooked a beautiful turkey with all the sides. It was fantastic and the company couldn't be better. 

The photos above are from my hike today. I always end up at Rouge River during fall to capture the maples change colours. It was a beautiful fall day. Sunny and warm! Unbelievable!! I had to take full advantage of it now before I leave for Italy next weekend. I didn't want to miss it. 

Italy next week! I'm excited but fully not ready yet mentally as I have a lot to do before I go. I am dreading to pack but I think I'm going to start putting things on my suitcase tomorrow so I don't panic. 

Wishing you all a great Thanksgiving and hope you are enjoying it with your family and friends! 

P.S. If you have any recommendations for restaurants, sights, etc. for Rome, Naples, and Amalfi Coast please let me know. Much appreciated!

Deoksugung Palace Part I

October 9, 2015

While we were making our way back to our apartment on foot when we noticed a crowd in front of a gate. We inched closer to see what was going on and it was the changing of the guards at the Deoksugung Palace. It was fun to witness it and see the guards in full costume for the all the tourists to enjoy.

What I Ate: Seoul

October 6, 2015

I love Korean food but I was apprehensive about the spice level that I will be getting in Seoul. I cannot stomach spicy foods. It just doesn't go well with me and I feel sick. I relied a lot on pictures to order in restaurants.  The meal above was amazing! It was a cold day and Seoul and having that soup with kimbap was a great combination!
Found this random restaurant in our neighbourhood. It was full of people but we found a table for two. My bf ordered the spicy seafood and I got the Korean pancake. I tried the seafood but it was too spicy for me. The vegetable pancake was perfect!
This is hands down one of the best meal I had in Seoul. We had lunch at this random restaurant in Insa-dong. I didn't know that I ordered a vegetarian meal. Everything was delicious and I have no clue what the names of the vegetables that I ate but it was FANTASTIC! I would go back to South Korea for this! I don't remember the name of the restaurants as most are in Korean but I know exactly where to retrace my steps.

Namdaemun market

September 29, 2015

After visiting the Gyeonghuigung Palace, we walked all the way to Namdaemun market. I didn't even notice how far we walked because I was too busy taking pictures of everything I saw while walking, haha. The best way to explore for me is always by foot (the bonus is it's a workout). 

Namdaemun market is filled with different stalls selling food, clothing, shoes, accessories and various knick knacks (kdrama and kpop memorabilia). It was hard for me to shop because you really have to bargain and know the price of what you're buying. When you are a foreigner, you always get the inflated price rate so I didn't even bother shopping although before I learned my lesson not to shop at this market, I was looking for shoes. I went to a shop and one of the sales person there was friendly at the beginning. He welcomed us to his shop and I was poking around and found a pair I wanted. I was trying on the shoes when the sales person started asking me a million questions including my heritage and could not stop grilling me about my life. I was getting so annoyed that I just left the shop without buying anything. I lost my appetite for shopping and I went to the food section of the market instead. 

I had better luck there. I ended up sampling various street food. I recommend eating here than shopping. For that, head to Myeong-dong (more on that later).