Well then. I finally got around to uploading the photos from our trip that now seems quite a long time ago.
We started our vacation off in Seoul. There is a bus that runs from Osan Air Base to the Army base in Seoul. Traveling by bus is the best choice, as there are special bus lanes that bypass the always-terrible traffic that surrounds Seoul. It took about an hour and 15 minutes.
We visited the Korean War Memorial. It was a well done museum, but very large.
We ate a lot of meals in the Itaewon district of Seoul. It was walking distance from where we stayed, and has many international choices for dining. We don't particularly love Korean food, so it was nice to have options.
We got around Seoul by using the metro system. It's a nice system and inexpensive. My kids have now navigated the subway systems of Washington DC, Madrid, Paris, Barcelona, London, and Seoul. I sometimes wonder if their nomadic young lives will give them the travel bug as adults.
Josh's favorite part of sightseeing in Seoul was hiking the fortress wall that surrounds the city. We walked along the northern part that comes close to the Blue House-- the presidential house. There was a lot of security along the way, and eventually we got to a checkpoint where a security guard confiscated my camera and erased several photos that I had taken. Oops.
I cannot adequately express how many stairs we climbed and how painful it was. My calf muscles were twitching.
A few days later, we took the metro to the airport and boarded a flight to Jeju Island, off the southern tip of South Korea. It was gorgeous!
We saw lots of waterfalls.
Beautiful cliffs and sunsets
We found a Korean restaurant that everyone enjoyed, and ate there twice.
Look at that color!
I apparently loaded the photos out of order-- this is a Japanese restaurant in Seoul. Alex tried the octopus legs and like them!
Back to Jeju. We appreciated the small amount of English on the sign. Josh was having chest pains just from thinking about swimming.
A Buddhist temple, and an impromptu lesson on world religions.
They had a special machine to fill these cones all the way through with ice cream.
The beach is the native habitat of the Schore family. It is our happy place.
We enjoyed visiting tiny Udo Island, which you get to by ferry.
This beach was our favorite spot of the whole trip. You can see the peaks of Jeju and the water was clear and fresh.
It was a nice little getaway, and good to see more of Korea than just our little city.