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  • Elisse Carma

Seoul, Part 1

Amelia runs to me in front of the temple

Seoul! How I love you!

Skye smiles at me from the ergo baby on her dad's back

We spent five days in Seoul. We absolutely loved it.

Skye laughs as we make masks at a festival in Seoul

Brad was really excited to go to Seoul, and I guess I wasn't quite as stoked. I thought it would be sort of like Japan but less clean and modern.

Skye and Brad kiss

I didn't realize what a vibrant, bustling, diverse, beautiful city Seoul really is.

Dean welds at a festival in Seoul. Skye is on Brad's back in the ergo baby.

On the first day we visited Namsangol Hanok Village. We happened to visit during a cultural festival, so the kids got to make masks, weld little charms, try some yummy snacks like a buckwheat veggie pancake, and see some really amazing performances from drummers and tight rope walkers and singers.

Dean laughs at me in the sunset light at a festival in Seoul

It was a beautiful night. Really, the weather was perfect all week.

Amelia writes notes about our travels in the doorway of Uncle Hoonies in Seoul

The next day, Brad wasn't feeling well so the kids and I walked around the neighborhood (we stayed right next to Seoul Tower). We trekked up big hills and over bridges and had some great views of the city. Then we met Brad at this restaurant, which had a delicious veggie sandwich for me (WIN!). Amelia took notes all day of course. It's what she does..

Amelia laughs under the pillars of the fortress

Brad felt better in the afternoon so we ventured to Gyeongbokgung palace. This was my favorite place to take pictures. So many cool places on the palace grounds for the kids to run and play.

Amelia blows air from her mouth at a bug, trying to shoo him away

Amelia tips Skye back in her chair on the stone pavement in Seoul

The kids fought over pushing and riding in the stroller. Typical...

Amelia pulls at the iron circle in the ground in front of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul

Amelia's face is lit up by the soft sunlight

I loved the way the light softly flooded these passageways under the palace gates.

Brad talks to the kids about how this wall was made

I loved all the interesting architecture and design. It reminded me of Japan but also had unique qualities.

Amelia plays with rocks on the ground in the doorway of this fortress in Seoul

Amelia runs in the sunlight in Seoul

The kids really loved running wild in there. Thankfully it wasn't too crazy crowded.

Dean is angry and shouting at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Overall the kids were pretty well behaved, with a bit of the usual fights and meltdowns. I'd say it was one of their better trips.

Amelia sits on Dean in the stroller

Dean is grumpy because Amelia is sitting in the stroller at the palace

That night we walked to a vegan restaurant run by a former Buddhist nun. IT WAS DELICIOUS. I absolutely love trying vegan restaurants in new cities, and Seoul's food blew me away.

Seoul city skyline with the fortress in front

Stay tuned for part 2...

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