Petite France was originally not a part of our plan, someone just told us to “drop by” Petite France after exploring Nami Island, as it is “nearby”. Yes we did “dropped by” however, we are quite appalled how “near” it was from Nami Island. 😛
What is the first thing that pops to your mind when someone mentioned South Korea? Mine is Nami Island. Of all the blogs that I’ve read while preparing our itinerary, Namiseom is the most recommended, endorsed and applauded. It’s arguably the most popular romantic destination for tourists and locals. Be still my autumn-starved heart as Nami is one of the must-see fall foliage destinations. 😀
To avoid the horde of tourist a.k.a. for a more peaceful photo-op, we woke up early as the travel to Nami Island is roughly 1 hour and 30 mins from Hongdae (our home away from home in Seoul). Here’s how we’ve reached Nami via subway following the directions from our ever-reliable app – Seoul Mapway.
Growing up in a tropical country and working in a country that is mostly summer even in winter, we have limited seasons to experience i.e. dry season, wet season and drier season. LOL. So experiencing fall for the first time was like an oasis to our deserts and a warm food to our hunger. 😛
I’m particularly looking forward to visiting Mt. Namsan when we were in Seoul. Why? Because autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile. 🙂 Mt. Namsan means nature, beautiful walking trails and trees, trees that have auburn, scarlet and copper leaves, warm colors that brings feast to the eyes and peace to the heart. Please be warned as what you will see in this post are trees, leaves, and mostly trees.
On our second day in Seoul, following our planned itinerary, with our four layers of clothes and our resolve to wander where the wifi is weak (though wifi is never weak in Seoul) off we go to Gyeongbok Palace for oppa hunting! I mean, sightseeing. LOLs.
We were in Seoul the last two weeks of November 2016. The plan is to go the first week so we can enjoy the best of autumn, things happened and the trip was moved two weeks after. We don’t have much expectations as we’ve read somewhere that the last weeks of November are when the season transitions from autumn to winter, meaning leaves have fallen and the weather is expected to be gloomy.
As the proverbs say, every cloud has a silver lining, indeed it has. 🙂
When we arrived, autumn is in full bloom. (Hallelujah!) Bursting in autumn colors, yellow, red, brown and orange leaves are everywhere! As my sister calls it, the last of autumn – it was nothing short of wonderful!!!
They said when you decided to travel you’re already halfway there. If you are planning a trip to Seoul, this blog post might help.
After a while of research, reading of various travel blogs about Seoul, hunting of affordable-but-livable-and-accessible guesthouses on booking.com, I’ve managed to complete our itinerary plan few months before our travel. It’s a lot of work but oh so worth it. Who wouldn’t want to wake up knowing you wouldn’t need to scurry searching the web for tourist sites, where and how to go? Men, I loved being prepared. We never got lost, not even once. 🙂
Traveling to South Korea requires a tourist visa. My sister and I have never applied for a visa before. It turns out, unlike in the Philippines, for Filipinos residing in the UAE, getting a South Korean Tourist Visa from Dubai is actually a piece of cake.