Travel Photo Thursday

Korea: Seoul’s Dongdaemun History and Culture Park

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

Welcome to week 248  (10/01/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Can you believe it!? We’re into a new month. The year seems like it is careening on a high speed chase. Sorry I am so late today, but very busy time in the new job, and that takes priority right now. By the way, I am loving my new position! This week I am taking you to Dongdaemun History and Culture Park in downtown Seoul.


Dongdaemun is famous for its shopping. There are a plethora of department stores that will keep anyone who has a yen for shopping busy for hours. However, the real fun beings after midnight, when clothing and other items are sold in open air markets on the street. That later it is, the better the bargain. However, we were not there for the shopping, but for the history and culture park. We were anxious to see the illuminated rose garden and Andy Warhol. We did manage to finally get to the rose garden, but missed Andy on the first visit. These photo are taken over a two week period, so some night shots and some day shots.

Walking into the park is like entering a space ship. I immediately thought Star Trek!


Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, Seoul, Korea

Dongdaemun History and Culture Park, Seoul, Korea

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Korea: Feasting on Traditional Korean Hansik

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 32 comments

Welcome to week 247 of Travel Photo Thursday. One of the things that I want to explore, now that I have moved back to Seoul, is where to find the best traditional food in the city. Restaurants serving up traditional fare are often literally tiny hole-in-the-wall establishments frequented by those who can manage to navigate Seoul’s maze of back alleys, and narrow windy streets. I was excited to find the meetup group Hansik, and quickly RSVP’d to a meetup to savor some old-school Korean food in the heart of the city. In Korean, Hansik means Korean food, and the Kimchi Jjigae  (spicy Kimchi pork stew) ( (김치찌개) served up at Gwanghwamun Jip is purported to be the best in Seoul, and maybe all of Korea. 

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We were met at the Exit 7 of the Gwanghwamun subway station by our hosts, and found ourselves in front of our hole-in-the-wall dining establishment within minutes. (These shots were actually taken as we were leaving.)


Gwanghwamun Jip, Gwanghwaumn, Seoul

Gwanghwamun Jip, Gwanghwaumn, Seoul

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Budapest: Favorite Photo Memories

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary, Travel Photo Thursday | 41 comments

Welcome to week 246 of Travel Photo Thursday. Apologies that this post is so late, and that I haven’t been around much to comment or visit your sites. I finally got my computer back on Tuesday. While it is working, there are still some issues that I am trying to resolve with the computer tech. I can’t wait for things to get back to normal. In the meantime I want to share some of my  Budapest favorite photo memories.


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Pest from the Buda side, and I could not get enough of this view!


Pest from the Buda Side...Budapest, Hungary

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Nova Scotia: A Peggy’s Cove Encore

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Destinations, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 12 comments

Welcome to week 245 (10/09/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday, and another peek at Peggy’s Cove. This is the week that almost did not happen. I finally bit the bullet and sent my computer into be fixed. The computer tech that I trust is in another city, so that meant packaging it up and sending through the Post Office. I am typing this on my Lenova S10, with a screen less than 10 inches, painful! Apologies for such a short post. We should be back in full operation next week.


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Sometimes I find the great photos in my archives, and here is one of them. On top of it being buried way, it was taken with my iphone!


Peggy’s Cove from a different angle. I love the blue of  the sky and ocean, and the buildings providing dots of color here and there.


Peggy's Cove

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Nova Scotia: Why You Should Visit Peggy’s Cove Now

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Destinations, Nova Scotia, Travel Photo Thursday | 14 comments

Welcome to week 244 of Travel Photo Thursday.  The week here has been nothing short of intense. Settling into a new job that involves getting to know over a hundred personalities is no easy task. Enough of that!We’re heading to Nova Scotia this week, at least virtually, and specifically, to the iconic Peggy’s Cove.

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Whether you’re standing on the rocks at Peggy’s breathing in the distinctive smell of the North Atlantic, or admiring the quaint village harbor lined with pretty as a picture fishing boats, time will stand still, at least for a few moments. Sadly there is a dark side to Peggy’s Cove. Every year there are deaths or close calls as visitors get swept off the rocks into the frigid waters. Many people pay little heed to the warning signs, and don’t understand the meaning of rogue waves. One of the latest tragedies has the government rethinking how to keep visitors safe. I’m sceptical that this will happen immediately, but there is talk of erecting fences to keep visitors out of harms way. I cannot imagine a barricaded Peggy’s Cove, and here’s hoping that the government will find more innovative and visually appealing ways to protect those who want to experience the beauty and inspiration she has to offer.

These views should never have to compete with a fence.


Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

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A Favorite Korean Street Food – Gaeran To Su Tu

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 44 comments

Welcome to week 243 of Travel Photo Thursday. My computer continues to limp along as we wait for the parts to arrive; fingers crossed. Last week I brought you a favorite traditional Korean food, Bibimbap. This week, staying with food and Korea, I’m sharing with you one of my favorite Korean street foods, particularly for breakfast. The Korean Egg Sandwich is known by a variety of names; including Gaeran Tost-U and Gaeran To Su Tu. When I buy it I usually just smile and point, since quite often that’s the only thing that will be on the grill.

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You’ll often find these tasty sandwiches being cooked and  served from a Pojangmacha (literally means: covered wagon, and often shortened to ‘pocha’). If your taking a highway bus they usually stop at a rest area, and quite often one of the vendors will be serving up tasty Gaeran Tost-U. This is where I often get my fix. This pocha, located at the Dong Seoul Bus Terminal serves up some of the best Gaeran Tost-U I have ever eaten. I always make sure I am hungry when I take a bus to Dong Seoul.

Korean Egg Sandwich

Korean street food served from a Pojangmacha Tent

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