[Paris] Hopping around in ‘le gay paree’

We hopped on the Eurostar for a few days of sun in Paris back in August this year. I feel like having been to Paris for so many times, I know the city pretty well that I know where to go and what to do during my days out here.

My go to place for crepes is definitely Crêperie Suzette which is in the hustle of Le Marais where you have your quirky coffee shops and non stop shopping. My favourite is the galette Barbette which is a savoury pancake made from buckwheat with cheese, potatoes and bacon inside topped with crème fraîche and a drizzle of basil dressing. It’s amazing – just get it!

Nothing is complete without an early lunch at the famed Carette in Place des Vosges. We opted for the French onion soup, a sandwich platter (Parisien ‘Duo’) and a lemon crêpe for afters.

We were on our way to the Eiffel Tower when a small Popellini caught our eye. Must go to get my pistachio fix! Deliciousness every time, small but filling and one is certainly enough.

We lazed around on the grass with a view of the tower in sight. It was a lovely afternoon before saying ‘Au revoir Paris’ and then ‘Hello London again!’

[Seoul] Eungbongsan 응봉산

Having visited Seoul during three out of the four seasons, I finally managed to plan a trip in early April which means yes, I have now completed my trips to Seoul during the four seasons! I still must say that Autumn is my favourite in Seoul but Spring is a close second followed by Winter and then Summer.

So as you all may or may not know, Spring means bloom which means flowers, flowers and more flowers! South Korea in particularly is popular during Spring where they have many festivals and not to mention the cherry blossom festivals where thousands flock to see their blooming beauty.

After an unsuccessful viewing of the cherry blossoms in Yeoido due to bad weather and time limit, I was taken to capture the less popular but still lovely forsythias in Eungbongsan. To my surprise, the mountain and park is in the centre of Seoul – between Oksu and Wangsimni station on the Gyeongui-Jungang railway line which made the trip ever so easy and accessible.

We were lucky as the weather was simply perfect for a relaxing hike up the mountain whilst being able to see the forsythias in full bloom – a field of sunshine. The walk from the train station up to the mountain was not difficult and not as high compared to Haneul Park. One could make it to the top easily within 20 minutes.

Once we reached the top, we were able to see a clear view of Seoul Forest and Han River which during the wonderful weather we had that day, was of course a lovely sight! There were not many people when we went so we had the enormous pleasure of taking pictures to our hearts content without any huge crowds in sight!

I highly do recommend this short trip to Eungbongsan as it is a lovely stroll through the park and whilst the forsythias are in full bloom, it is truly a wonderful experience! If you cannot survive the crowds when going to see the cherry blossoms then Eungbongsan could be your second choice as there are also some cherry blossoms in the park to gaze at. If you cannot make it this time around then mark it in your diary for next Spring.