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Back in the USA

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Clearing out my dad's house, helping my brothers get it ready to be put on the market.

rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2014/0
7/cleaning-house.html


I'm counting packing and moving as my cardio this week. Well, that plus pruning back the vines outside, doing some yardwork.

  
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PLATINUM755 7/21/2014 10:32PM

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PUNCHILOUIE 7/20/2014 11:38AM

    Not an easy job indeed going through memory lane while cleaning the house you grew up, your parents home. I know I've been there. Best wishes. My thoughts are with you! emoticon

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MILLISMA 7/20/2014 10:19AM

    Take care. No an easy job. emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/20/2014 3:14AM

    I can certainly understand what poignant time this will be for you and your brothers. Glad you are making time to have some fun while there though. emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 7/19/2014 9:42PM

    Enjoy your time in Washington with your memories in the house.

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GOANNA2 7/19/2014 8:29PM

    I understand how sad and poignant this is
for you and you have your siblings there too,
and I'm sure there will be happy memories as
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SUSIEPH1 7/19/2014 4:56PM

    Welcome home!.
Although there will be some sad memories the good ones will prevail ..
You have both been on such a incredible journey .. I hope you will come back to Oz sometime ..
Thinking of you ..Susie . emoticon emoticon


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EDDYMEESE 7/19/2014 4:10PM

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I'm sure it will be a bittersweet visit for you - I can't wait to hear about the fun you guys have planned :)

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WATERMELLEN 7/19/2014 10:38AM

    Poignant, indeed -- did just that with my dear sister when our parents passed away in 1997. We both have bizarre and black senses of humour and we keep it as light as possible but there were some tough tough moments. Hang in there!

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Leaving Korea Tomorrow

Monday, July 14, 2014

We leave Seoul tomorrow - we've had a great time, but it's time to move on and do something else.

And while we've been busy with laundry and packing and downsizing as usual, we fit in a palace visit, and found a great artist!

rollingluggagers.blogspot.kr/2014/07
/last-post-from-seoul.html


Best photos from the day:







  
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PLATINUM755 7/21/2014 10:27PM

    Oh my the statues are great...thank you for sharing!

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PUNCHILOUIE 7/20/2014 11:43AM

    love the tree with butterflies and the bicycles sculptures... nice photos!!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/20/2014 2:54AM

    The pics were emoticon, like they always are. Kind of sad that the palace wasn't what you expected. It does seem as though it's kind of lonely or sad where it's at.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/19/2014 9:09AM

    The palace is kinda sad in the middle of the city. Looks like it should be sitting in hilly green meadow. I guess everything gets engulphed in time by new generations moving in. We have this mansion in town owned by a famous politician from the 1800's that's a tourist trap. All the property around it was was sold to build houses in the 70's. When the area used to be his farm land. So strange how this amazing property is just tucked away in a neighborhood now.

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GOANNA2 7/16/2014 4:23AM

    Beautiful photos again, thank you. Can't wait
to see where the wind leads you to next. Keep
blogging. emoticon

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ARTJAC 7/15/2014 4:27AM

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ROCKYCPA 7/14/2014 9:20PM

    Beautiful pics as usual = keep us posted as where you are going.

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TARABEAR 7/14/2014 1:00PM

    More lovely pics! Can't wait to see where you end up!!!

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French Art in South Korea

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The French Impressionist museum, Musée d'Orsay, has a special exhibit in Seoul, and that's where I spent my afternoon. It was lovely, especially since it turned into a HOT day (100 or so F, 35 C) - and staying indoors was a better option that running around outside in the heat.

So I enjoyed gorgeous paintings, kept rather cool, and walked about 5 miles. It was a wonderful afternoon!

rollingluggagers.blogspot.com/2014/0
7/the-musee-dorsay-comes-to-seoul.html


The subway station connects to the museum through long underground passages decorated with perforated panels, showing some of the artifacts of the permanent exhibit. And the grounds of the museum are gorgeous - you could make a day of it and hang out with the koi, in the pagoda!







  
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PLATINUM755 7/15/2014 7:28PM

    What a wonderful way to spend a day!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/14/2014 2:05AM

    Great job on all of the walking! What a treat to see the works of art that are rarely seen. The grounds look wonderful and a great way to spend the day outside and in if it's not too hot to be outside.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/12/2014 12:35PM

    Very pretty! I love art museums.

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ILOVEROSES 7/11/2014 9:30AM

    What a great time you're both having in Seoul! A perfect way to spend a hot afternoon admiring all those beautiful paintings. emoticon on your 5 miles!

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GOANNA2 7/11/2014 8:42AM

    Very beautiful. Well done on the 5 miles too!

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WENDYJM4 7/11/2014 6:06AM

    looks good

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ARTJAC 7/11/2014 5:23AM

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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2014 9:18PM

    I would have LOVED this exhibition also -- and particularly as you say because these travelling shows generally showcase lesser known (and often equally fabulous) works.

Plus the grounds look gorgeous too.

What a lovely way to spend a hot hot day.

Don't you just love Bonnard?

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ROCKYCPA 7/10/2014 8:59PM

    You really are having a wonderful time traveling and seeing the sights. Having the time to spend and not rush through an area is wonderful!

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PHEBESS 7/10/2014 11:08AM

    We're really enjoying Seoul - have been here about 5 weeks, and haven't gotten very far outside the city, there's so much to see and do and explore!

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SPATTEN2001 7/10/2014 10:19AM

    I miss Seoul .... lived there for 12 years over 3 different tours with the Dept of Army as a civilian --- hoping to get back there for a visit this year!

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Finally tried a bingsu!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

I finally had my bingsu! Sort of good, sort of weird, and hard to explain.

And no, I didn't eat the whole thing.

But hey, part of travel includes trying new foods, and today it was the bingsu.

rollingluggagers.blogspot.kr/2014/07
/adventures-in-bingsu-eating.html


I also had an arugula pizza for dinner, to offset the rather sweet snack. Just warning you, don't read the blog hungry!

Here's the crazy bingsu:



  
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PHEBESS 7/14/2014 7:04PM

    I just had to try one - and yes, once in a lifetime is probably enough bingsu for me!

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TARABEAR 7/14/2014 1:06PM

    I'm not so sure about the bingsu but it was worth a try while you're there. The pizza looks amazing! I want some!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/14/2014 1:21AM

    The bingsu sounds good but awfully sweet. Good for you for not eating the whole thing and having a healthy arugula pizza for dinner. emoticon emoticon

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/12/2014 2:39PM

    Props for not eating that whole thing, I sure would have.

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WENDYJM4 7/10/2014 7:29AM

    looks interesting.

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GOANNA2 7/10/2014 6:59AM

    Looks interesting and huge!

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ARTJAC 7/10/2014 1:14AM

    LOOKS YUMMY

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SANDICANE 7/9/2014 9:45PM

    I have never heard of a bingsu! Gosh, food I haven't heard of???? Anyway, that pizza looks sooooooooooooo good. I'm going to have some soon.

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ROCKYCPA 7/9/2014 9:42PM

    The pizza looks great but the bingsu not so much. But it is fun to try different things.

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WATERMELLEN 7/9/2014 7:27PM

    That pizza looks great -- properly blistered in a hot hot hot oven!! The bingsu . . . nice adventure but I don't think it would really turn my crank so much: I've tried Chinese red bean sweets and would pass next time. Coffee redeems a lot, however: chocolate too!!

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PHEBESS 7/9/2014 6:29PM

    It was about 80-90% shaved ice with coffee (which is why I went with the coffee flavour) - and I figure I ate about 75% of the stuff on top (having moved the sweet beans and chocolate corn flakes and cashews). I tracked the nuts, gelato, and coffee with some simple syrup (it was a little sweet) - so I guestimate about 250 calories for what I consumed. Could be off, but, well, it was an adventure in eating.

Ania, Aussie pizza has too little sauce, too thin crust, and the wrong cheeses - you wouldn't find cheddar on an Italian pizza (nor an American pizza). Plus bbq chicken doesn't go on a pizza. Or any of the many odd items Aussies add to their pizzas. The crust should be a little more like bread and less like crackers; you should taste the tomatoey sauce; and the cheese should be mostly mozzarella, with maybe a little Parmesano or Romano added after cooking. Aussie brekkie or tea, loved it. Aussie pizza, no. (We're both from New York, home of probably half the Italians in the North American area - we expect pizza to taste like Italian pizza. There was only one place on St. Thomas that had decent pizza, and the owner was a Noo Yawker.)

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/9/2014 3:48PM

    I read that it has a lot of shaved ice, but it still looks like a huge "snack."

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ILOVEROSES 7/9/2014 10:16AM

    That bingsu does look and sounds a bit sickly sweet and you've done well having an arugula pizza for dinner, though I can't understand why our Aussie pizzas weren't to your liking. emoticon

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Flower Market - So much fun!!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I went to the flower market today - oh wow, do I love flower markets! Plus I managed to get in 11,000+ steps while I was having fun!

rollingluggagers.blogspot.kr/2014/07
/melons-flowers-and-subway.html


And of course some funny stories and the usual cultural confusion we seem to enjoy in Seoul!







  
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CATHYGETSFIT 7/14/2014 1:12AM

    Wow! I would have loved to have been there. Gorgeous flowers!!

Your story of your train ride is funny. Glad you didn't fall or hurt yourself.

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ROCKYCPA 7/8/2014 9:49PM

    Beautiful flowers - thanks for sharing!

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WATERMELLEN 7/8/2014 8:08AM

    Your flower pics are absolutely lovely, especially for a person like me!! When I travel with DH I almost always buy flowers for the condo on Day One . . . just as I always have flowers on the kitchen table at home! (Right now: tiny zinnias, sweet peas, yellow evening primrose, daisies all from my garden, with a secondary bouquet on the bedroom window sill!)

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RASPBERRY56 7/8/2014 6:41AM

    Nice pics!

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WENDYJM4 7/8/2014 6:21AM

    lovely flowers

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/8/2014 6:16AM

    Wow, I've never seen that many flowers in one place. Homes in Korea must be full of flowers to support a market like that.

Funny about the seat on the subway. In Slovakia young men were always jumping up to give me a seat.

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GOANNA2 7/8/2014 6:10AM

    emoticon Love the flowers.

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JSTETSER 7/8/2014 6:08AM

    Pretty!

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BELLENGLISH 7/8/2014 6:04AM

    That is great that you walked all those steps while enjoying the market. Beautiful flowers!

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