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Daejeon’s Expo Bridge for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 6 comments

I had to go out twice yesterday, and came back blue with cold. It was definitely the coldest day of the year here in Daejeon, so far. To confirm, I checked my weather app and it was -10c, and very windy! Needless to say, I am fast forwarding to Sunday when I will be arriving in balmy Bangkok. However, first, for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday (#206) I want to introduce you to Daejeon’s Expo Bridge. Trust me, these photos were taken when it was much, much warmer!

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I’m a morning person. Five o’clock on the dot (sometimes earlier) my feet hit the floor. While I might not be Chatty Cathy in the early morning, it is my favorite time of the day. I have always been lucky enough to live within a ten minute walk of Daejeon’s Gapcheon River, and I spend a lot of time there in the wee hours of the morning. A focal point of the river is the Expo Bridge, built in 1993 when Daejeon was host to the World Expo. The bridge sees only foot traffic, and connects to Expo Park (which is in the process of being torn down). Thankfully the bridge will remain.

 Expo Bridge early morning views…

What’s not to love about the glow of the early morning…

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon, Korea

 

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A little later in the morning when the sun has fully risen…

This shot was taken in September, which is one of the best times of the year to visit. The brilliant blue skies are common this time of the year, and the summer humidity is pretty much a memory.

The tower in the background is the Hanbit Tower (often called “The Needle”). I’ve just realized that I’ve never visited the observatory at the top. Apparently, like the Expo Bridge, it will be incorporated into the building project that is underway. I must make a point of getting to the top one of these days!

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon, Korea

 

One last view from above the river walkway…

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon,Korea

 

The peace and serenity of this final shot is why I will always be an early riser (at least when it’s not -10c!)

 

Herons on the Gapcheon River, Daejeon, Korea

 

 

Travelers Tip 

While Daejeon is not a tourist mecca, there is certainly enough to do here to keep you happily entertained for a day or two. With a population of  (ONLY) 1.5 million the city will feel like a village after rubbing elbows with some of the ten million Seoulites for a few days. The KTX train can whisk you here in a mere 50 minutes, or if you prefer there is a two hour slow train or bus. If you want to experience early morning on the river, I recommend that you overnight.

Is Korea a destination that’s on your travel list?

 

This is the 206th edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.

 

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Czech’s Karlovy Vary for Travel Back Saturday

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Czech - Prague, Destinations, Featured, Karlovy Vary, Travel Back Saturday | 26 comments

If you’re visiting Prague, and want to wander further afield, I highly recommend that you visit Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad). This small city offers superb architecture, world class spa facilities, and some great restaurant choices. The city boast thirteen major hot springs’ along with some 300 smaller springs. Comfortable, reasonably priced, buses depart daily for the short trip between the two cities (slightly more than an hour). While it’s possible to do a day trip, if you want to enjoy a spa treatment, at least two days would be best. Have a peek of my favorite shots from my 2012 visit.

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Karlovy Vary, Czech

 

Karlovy Vary, Czech

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Penang’s Char Kway Teow for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 11, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Malaysia, Penang, Penang, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Penang street food is world renowned, regularly finding its way on to top ten lists in Asia and around the world. Considered one of the top ten, and “must try” is a noddle dish, char kway teow. On this 205th week of Travel Photo Thursday (December 11th, 2014) join me as I sample what is billed as one of the top char kway teow stalls in the city.

 

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