South-Korea - Busan - last day

Tuesday 2 june 2015

This last day in Busan we really took it slow. Haha. I needed time to wake up like every morning and was a bit tired of speeding thorugh all the streets for more than a week now :-)
We took the bus to the Santorini of Busan. Gamchean Cultural Village.

The gamcheon village is a quiet town but open to visitors as Korea, Busan promotes this as the santorini of Korea. No need to explain why :-)
not every street/narrow alley between the houses, is accessible for tourists...this to not disturb the inhabitants

So we joined the group to the Taejong dae park where we could walk a 5 km coastal walk. And take some really funny pictures at a photobooth.

Jiwoo love story in Busan - photo exhibition

Afwards my mate wen ton his own to explore the city some more, I joine dsome others to visit the Busan Aquarium. A bit pricy: 25.000 won per person but I like fish. we were in tiem for the feeding time of the penguins: that didn't seem very handy in catching dead fish and the sharfeeding time: which was more a show for kids with divers among the big fish and feeding dead fish to the stingrays and one shark that didn't seem to be hungry at all.
anyway i love big fish haha

In the evening me and my mate foudn the best seafood dish ever: 35.000 won for 2 persons and more shells than we could count two big shells, one big crab, one big octtopussy that they came to cut with scissors at our table. We enjoyed it so much. All the previous fishdishes we had seemed to have been ripp off in coparison with this delicious food: adress: Big Seafood restaurant Busan.

In the night we went to Lotte Mall to see the fountain show

I found lots of Nemo!!!

full view of our delicious big seafood dish :-)

No idea what you get in there

The 13th floor of the skydeck of the Lotte Mall is just stunning!!!!

as is the view over the border :-)


South-Korea - Yeosu day 2

Thursday 28 may 2015 - Yeosu day 2 (all pictures copyright myself unless otherwise mentioned: smartphone and dslr)

yeosu central city local market

don't you think all the old Korean women look all the same? :-)

In this hotel I found breakfast a bit poor, mostly due to the fact there was no good coffee! So I went outdoors straight out of the hoteldoor to the coffeebar to get some hot americano. Not iced. Don't get it why I would drink iced coffee... something Korean I think. So we're ready for the next level. With taxi's we drove to the ferryterminal. The ferry terminal is right in the city close to lots of shops and markets where we ought to find some lunch. Also the ferry tickets were on name and left punctual. It's kinda an old boat with place for some vehicles. We really enjoyed the sight on all the islands and fishing boats. I missed the Dolphins!!! Aaarggh for that second that I closed my eyes.
Anyway after one hour and a half we arrived at Guemodo island.

my only selfie with the Korean flag :-)

call the ships to port, actually this is when we left :p

arrival point Guemodo Island
We had two options: we could walk an esay walk along the coast, or we could do a more challenging climb in the hills. With a 6-7 people we choose the hike in the hills. We saw some viewpoint far out on the hills and most people didn't think that was the point we were headnig to but as the hike was a small 2 km long I kinda expected to arrive over there. So we started walking but a few hundred meters it was clear we didn't have to follow the road but had to look for a path leading up in the hills. And so we found it and there it started. What a hike! Again the steepness could easily compete with the hikes I did in the Mountains of Corsica of Nepal... it was 30 degrees and no wind in the forest :-)

where the F are we??

I liked the path very well, beuatifull not to hard, great nature. Me and my mates were long ahead of the rest and just when I thought that we had reached the poitn were nothing was to be seen, we finally came acroos a board. But it said everythign in Korean so we didn't have a clue where we were. I decided to go a bit further where the path was already leading downwards and then suddenly the trees went aside and I was at the viewpoint!
It took an average of a big hour to 1u30 to reach it.
We rested and enjoyed the beautiful view over the other islands and the ocean.

'olsan rechtendeure', always straight on

still no clue but I am on top that's for sure!

voilà!!!! magnificant and worth the hike!!!

The way down went lot's easier of course and faster.
We were at the ferrypoint very early while the rest was still somewhere at the other side of the island, we waited an relaxed for a few hours till the ferry brought us back.
Everybody wanted to go back to the hotel but me and my mate decided to explore the city: why wouldn't we take that chance?
After a few minutes we bumped into Café de Paris. They seemed to have coffee and smoothies. So we entered. A very friendly nice lady which clearly ate to much of her own cake sat in the tabel at the wall. I mistook her for a customer til she broadly smiled at us and came to serve us.
The paper of the walls were a stitch of French newspapers and at our table Tom Boonen was featered. The cussions were cats, so this was the closest to a cat café we were eveer getting I suppose.

I took this kind of cinematographic picture. The guy was a acquaintance of the lady apparently and they both waved us enthousiastically friendly out when we left their café.

cafécafé, yeosu :p

Nightfall: we did some shopping streets, wandered one way in a street full of restaurants, did it the other way round, decided to go back to one of the first we saw were some old people were dining. Good choice. Didn't know this time neither what we ordered, we just pointed at the table next to us and waited till I was served.
When we misunderstood the price. We took the American 7 for a '1' we tought first it was the price for one person... we kinda felt being rpped of but as I got the big money out, the man made refusing gestured and jsut took some small bills out of my hand. This honesty is much appriciated so the dinner was 27.000 for two persons and not 21.000 or 21.000 each :p.

soupdish with a very big fish in it

We went back to the ferry point and the square were some tens of people were doing Korean zumba in the open air.
There was a big turtleship which was open for visitors. So we went to take a look and I posed with one angry warrior.

We searched a cab to go home. I had asked our local guide the fee, she said 5000, so I showed my hand to him signing 5? and he said no: and showed only three fingers and pointed a a bill of 1000 won. Again, this honesty is much appriated. We were home in e few minutes and joiend the others at the tabel in front of a store where we could buy some beers or other drinks. Again a nice day in South-Korea.

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Corsica - Sun Sea & Salt

For the second time in my life I went with the usual posse to Corsica.
Most people think of Corsica, as the place to be where crazy hikers go on dangerous yet fabulous mountain ridges, the infamous GR20. Well this is a travelreport for people that want to enjoy the scenery, but are not those freak-hikers, yet like a good stroll and a little hike without having the feeling you're in the army or need special equipment. Just like us, you wnat to wake up late in the morning, take a nice swim, have a brunch and then wnat to go out wihtin an hour drive to see the natural beauty of Corsica.

We were planning to go in june. But one of our friends who has never been there before, didn't want to go, due to the FiFA Wolrd CUp Football. He wanted to see every single match! My Friends told me, well, anyway it it cheaper in September and the sea is a lot more nice to swim in as june may still be cold water.
For me with the last two years no holidays, it was biting teeth but hey there it was. A bad summer in Belgium and hot weather in Corsica! This was our place to be: a big nice villa!

It looked in real like it does on picures, just a bit less chique. Vlsoe to the sea, lot's of space. A kitchen with fridge on the terrace. A great pergola where we lived all the time.
From Brussels Airport we flew to Ajaccio with Thomas Cook and got a Rental car a nice Peugeot Partner from Eurental I guess.

So First stop was the local decathlon to buy some of those new snorkling masks that cover the whole face... sold out. So I bought myself a regular snorkling mask. I'm so happy it did that!
We did a lot of hiking. But as we practically started the day at noon and we wanted everybody to have fun, the hikes were pretty short in time. The longest we did was a 5 hour hike. Which someone in good shape shoudl ahve been able to run it in a few hours. But beautiful scenery!
In Cargèse the littel town, we walked a bit around. The Greek Church is one of the most interesting places to hide for the sun.

the Hike Lac de Nino is really nice, not too heavy and is a pretty close drive to start off.

When we were driving to our villa, the first thing we saw, is fireplanes trying to estinguish the fire in the woods...very spectacular how they manuoeuver in the air and get water in the open sea

A must do classic along the coast is the short hike and climb!! To Capu Rossu Tour de Turghiu. It is not that long but is is a very rocky and steep climb to the top. Mind the heat and take a deep breath! Some tourists think it's just close to the coast and have no adapted shoewear and no water with them: mistake! Once you made it, you can really enjoy a breathtaking view along the Corsican shores.

Or spot some local wild life :p

While returning home and taking a fresh dive in the sea: you can find one of these:

Lots of these: seacumcumber, seasnail

The water is not deep and sometimes you find yourself snorkling in water of just 20 cm deep!! Mind the sharp rocks!!! You can go further and spot some bigger fish. It is amazing what you see. Lots of fish and other creatures if you are lucky: we spotted an octopus from close by and a murena. My friends caught even some fish, very little fish actually haha!

If you don't like the mountains, you can just have some easy walks along the shores to some old towers

dream away

there are of course very nice forests to walk in before you get higher in the hot sun or cold wind!

still walking to lac de nino!

And finally we've arrived!!! Lac de Nino! How rewarding! amazing! I went running up that hill and then literally ran off the hill til I joined my friends at the very very mystic quiet lake

see those mini mini frogs!! or toads!

Another very interesting walk is the walk to Girolata! A very very little town in a bay only accessible through hike or boat! We took the hike, le chemin du facteur along the coast. Wgich is a challenging hike along the shore with the sea right underneath you! So mind your step! And mind the sun!!!! when arriving in Girolata, it's very touristy...but have drink in one of the bars on top or eat something. We took a boat back but then it turned out we had to do a 45 minutes -1 hour steep walk to our parking spot! Really not for the one in bad shape! Luckily there was a small bar where we could have a refreshing drink before entering our cooked car.

One of the last walks we did was a very small walk in the surroundings of Vico

This doens't mean it is easy. the height of the highest point may be disappointing for people like me but the girls returned quickly tot the city and waited for me and my friend, os the way up was really challenging! So was the way back!!!

Whatever you want to do in Corscia - it is the place for you! sunbathign at one of the beautifull beaches, snorkling in the sea, hiking, strolling around, havnig drinks and food in the restaurants or bars, cooking your meals yourself, what we did a lot! It is so much fun!!! I'll be back! Oh warning: tiger mosquitoes!!! they are hell!!!!


La Route des Champions - Ardennen

Verleden november gingen wij voor de zoveelste keer dat jaar van 2013 richting de Ardennen. ondertussen is de chalet waar wij gratis konden logeren verkocht, maar toen genoten we nog volop van de gezelligheid, het lekker tafelen, het plezier maken en het wandelen. Altijd leuk als je vrienden hebt die kunnen koken. Een winters stoofpotje gaat er altijd in. Op culinair vlak deden we ons niets te kort. En meestal vinden we in de buurt van Durbuy ook nog een lekker restaurantje.
Op fotografisch vlak leverde het ons dit op.

Een wit zwammetje. Wie dit kent, mag reageren!

Op het pad richting de chalet stond dit kleine knotszwammetje of heet het anders? Lekker in de nattigheid op de buik gaan liggen en fotograferen maar!

Iemand zijn ogen zijn groter dan zijn buik

heel klein paddenstoeltje.

Klassieker. En wie zegt dat mist geen mooi effect heeft op foto's?

Onbeschadigde vliegenzwammen waren amper te vinden. En die prachtige stinkzwammen helaas al helemaal niet, jammer.

Mooi niet?

De bomen van het bos

Mijn fantasie slaat hier op hol. Lord of the Rings en black metal.

Black metal is hier de uitgesproken soundtrack. Ulver, anyone?

Wat deze allemaal bij mekaar doen, weet ik niet.

Stekeltrilzwam. Prachtig niet? Lijkt op slijm maar bestaat uit allemaal kleine stekeltjes. the Aliens have landed!

En wie nu nog niet in sprookjes gelooft, is blind.

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Ik kan niet meer zeggen dan dat het korte weekendje Ardennen geweldig deugddoen was. Genoten heb ik van het gezelschap van mijn vrienden waarmee ik over enkele weken wer lekker in een IBIS hotel verblijf voor een weekend vol gothic music in Köln.
Lekker eten gezellig drinken en tafelen en praten over de dingens des levens beperkt tot sex en relaties met uitwijding naar pampers en bleierende babies.
Via een andere maat was ik op een tip voor een wandeling gebotst die enkel en alleen per gps-track te doen was. Het kaartje op de site was nogal onduidelijk via googlemaps printte ik dan de regio af en stippelde zo aan de hand van het onleesbre kaatje de weg uit.
Zo zonder straatnamen wandelen in de dardennen lijkt niet simpel maar ik heb toch nooit gemist. En na ruim 17 km waren we aan een welverdiende pannenkoek toe.
Gelukkig verliep de wandeling de volgende dag niet langs asfaltwegen maar lekker gezellig door het bos het enige wild dat we spotten was een vos die relaxed ons pad kruiste op enkel meers van ons vandaan. Dit keer geen herten of ander groot wild jammer.


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