Travel Photo Thursday

Korea: Unexpected Travel Inspiration in Daejeon

Posted by on Jul 4, 2015 in Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 3 comments

A new city (Seoul), and a new job are on the horizon (eek!). My travel this summer seems to be apartment hunting trips back and forth to Seoul, and that’s about it. That doesn’t mean I’m not looking for travel inspiration, and this morning I found just that on the river. This is what I love about expat life and travel. You just never know. Who would have thought I would have found this beauty and his rider cantering along the river trails?!


Horse Back Riding on the River in Daejeon

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Korea: Visiting Daejeon’s Green Space

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Destinations, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Welcome to week 235 (07/02/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m often asked what’s worth visiting in Daejeon, a city I’ve called home for the past 10 years. I am always at a bit of a loss. Daejeon is a nice city, but it really isn’t a mecca for tourists. However, I do think that it is worthy of a visit to enjoy our gorgeous green space. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that I walk the river almost everyday (at least this time of year). This morning I headed out, but decided to change my route just a little. In the end I never actually made it to the river, but to our near by arboretum, and that’s when I decided to feature it here on Travel Photo Thursday.

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This is where you’ll usually find me early in the morning. The Expo Bridge was built in 1993 when the city hosted Expo 1993. Closed to car traffic, it’s often rented out for special events like wine tasting and tango.

Daejeon Expo Park and Arboretum


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Korea: A Coffee Quote To Make You Giggle

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

Welcome to week 234 (06/25/2105) of Travel Photo Thursday. It’s been a busy end of semester week (all finished…yay), and Indy is sick (poor girl). Her hair is falling out badly (she has no hair left on her hind legs, and there is a big bald patch on her right leg), so I took her to the vet, who subscribed medication and ointment. Getting the pills into the poor thing has been a challenge. We go back to the vet tomorrow, or we might wait until Monday. I want to see how she is after a few stress free no med days. Things happen for a reason. If this had been a normal summer, I would have been getting ready to head out for a summer of  travel, and there’s no way I could have gone anywhere and have left a sick Indy behind! This week I am sharing one shot with you, and it was taken during my travels close to home.

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In the past year at least four new coffee shops have sprouted up in my little neigbourhood. I walk by this cafe a lot, and the sign stenciled on their window always makes me giggle. Koreans can get rather inventive when it comes to English.


Coffee Quote, Daejeon Korea

Coffee Quote, Daejeon Korea

I definitely think ‘upplay’ should be added to the English dictionary!

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Korea: To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Visit Tartine in Seoul’s Itaewon

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 39 comments

Welcome to week 233 (06/18/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week we are enjoying over-the-top delicious pies from Seoul’s Tartine Bakery & Pie. Before I share the luscious photos, let me tell you a little story.

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Arriving in Korea in early 2001, I quickly realized that baked goods of any kind were difficult to come by, and what was available was not great. Eating out one day, the Korean waiter proudly asked me, in English, if I would like dessert. I perked up really fast, and with a smile that could have lit up six city blocks, I asked…”What do you have”? “Coke, orange, or copi, he answers.” Imagine my disappointment. My smile was like a balloon that had been pricked with a pin…totally deflated. BTW…copi is how many Koreans pronounce coffee. Not wanting to disappoint the poor waiter I chose the coffee, but what a let down. I was expecting cake and pie, not coke, fanta, or coffee!

Fast forward to 2008, and I’m in Itaewan (the section of Seoul that caters to the foreign crowd) having lunch with friends. They’re raving about a new pie cafe (the first in Korea) tucked away in a small alley two minutes away that we definitely had to try. I was game, although a bit apprehensive. I’d been disappointed with Korean baked goods on more than one occasion. Not so this time. The pies were amazing, and I don’t think I have ever eaten a piece of pie so fast!

Tartine quickly became popular with both foreigners and Koreans. In November 2012 they sold there ONE MILLIONTH retail pie, and that amazing number was doubled August 2014. Who would have thought that Koreans would ever have such a love affair with pie! With roots in Oregon and Korea you can read all about the owners on their website. 

Last weekend I was in Seoul, and decided to pick up some pie to take to a friends place. Making pie choices is not an easy decision, but someone has to step up!


How could I walk by???


Tartine, Seoul, Korea

Tartine Pie Cafe, Seoul, Korea

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Bangkok: Klong Toey Fresh Market

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Featured, Food, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

Here we are for week 232 (06/11/2015)  of Travel Photo Thursday and a photo tour of Bangkok’s Klong Toey Fresh Market. I’ve been traveling in and out of Bangkok for years. Sometimes I stop for a few days, and other times I just breeze right on through. Unusual for me, but this past Christmas found me in Bangkok. I did a fab cooking class, which I wrote about here. However, before we donned our aprons we did a tour of the Klong Toey Fresh Market with Poo and her assistant. I’m not sure why I’ve never visited this market before, and was thrilled to have the chance to wander through with my camera and a great guide. There is nothing that you don’t see at this market, and you may find that a couple of these shots leave you a tad squeamish.

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The Klong Toey Fresh Market is so large that it seems like a little village within Bangkok. Remember, it is the largest wet market in the city! Any where you walk in the Klong Toey district you will end up at the market. There is absolutely no way you can miss it. There is nothing you can’t find here; from fresh fruit and veggies to stationary and everything in between. Finally, the place is always packed with people. You’ll never be lonely here.

This first shot is taken in the outside area. Restaurant owners/employees roll those big wicker baskets around filling them up with their daily purchases. Everything is fresh, fresh, fresh. Don’t get in their way because they are on a mission!


Klong Toey Fresh Market

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Favorite Travel Quotes for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Destinations, Egypt, Featured, Myanmar, Spain, Travel Photo Thursday | 27 comments

Welcome to week 231 (06/04/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows that Korea is trying to come to terms with an outbreak of MERS (Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome). As of an hour ago my classes have been canceled for next week (make-up week), so I have loads of time to prepare for my exams the following week. This is definitely the summer that I do not want to be here, but it looks like I will be, or at least for most of it. I am moving to Seoul, and will be starting a new job in September. Those changes are both good, but it means getting rid of my apartment here, and finding new digs in Seoul. I never knew that most apartments for rent don’t get advertised until 3 weeks before move in date! On that note, I have been reading a lot of inspirational quotes lately to get myself inspired to travel Korea this summer. Of course, that’s when I’m not packing boxes! :)  There is so much to see and do in country, but habits like traveling out of country are so hard to break. Hopefully, these favorite inspirational quotes will help me get inspired to visit and enjoy the beauty that is right outside my ‘back door’.

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I have never been a huge Mark Twain fan, but I have always loved this quote. Egypt was an epic journey for me (2004), and I was a little leery of traveling solo. The thing is I really dislike organized tours beyond a day or two. However, I knew that there were things that I might have a difficult time doing on my own in Egypt. Visiting the Pyramids wasn’t one of them, but that visit turned out to be magical even with a tour group. We pretty much had the place to ourselves that morning, and no idea why! There are no tour buses in this photo! Although there were things about the tour that I disliked, without the tour, as a solo traveler, I would have had a difficult time sailing down the Nile on a Felucca, sleeping under the stars in the desert after I rode a camel through a mountain pass, or a trip to Abu Simbal in an armed convey. Okay, the guns definitely put me way out of my comfort zone! Even the camel ride had me questioning my sanity!

Would I have been disappointed if I hadn’t gotten to sleep in the desert, sail down the Nile, or wander through ancient Abu Simbel with its amazing huge carvings and take your breath away hieroglyphics …YEP!

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Pyramids at Giza, Egypt

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