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Lilac time in Korea, 2015

Those of us who have been blogging for awhile have learned that we never know which posts will be the most popular. This post in April, 2015 was one of the most popular posts I've written. The title was "Lilac Pink and Cotton Candy,"and it was a discussion of two of my favorite finds while I was in Seoul, the capital of Korea. The first discovery was that mid-April in Seoul was lilac time and the lilac bushes were everywhere and as beautiful as any I'd seen. 

These beauties were next to a major office building in downtown Seoul, and their aroma matched their lushness. Cherry blossom time in Japan (where I visited before going on to Seoul) is legendary. I learned that lilac time in Korea is equally extraordinary. 

My other discovery was Milkcow, which is perhaps the finest soft serve ice cream I've ever had.  

This looks like the Snow Drop, adorned with cotton candy and jelly beans. Almost directly after I came home from Japan and Korea I started eating low-carb. I think the Snow Drop may have put me over the edge. I did, however, get a craving for Milkcow when I looked at this picture and was pleased to see that my favorite soft ice cream has arrived in North America. Unfortunately the only location is Toronto, which doesn't -- perhaps luckily -- permit home delivery. 

But my trip to Seoul wasn't just lilacs and cotton candy. I enjoyed getting to know Seoul and seeing major attractions. I knew very little about Korea before I arrived and I came away with a greater understanding of the history of Korea and the political and geographic challenges the Republic of Korea faces. One of my favorite memories was seeing the Changing of the Guards at Deoksugung Palace. This ceremony dates back hundreds of years and was reinstated in 1966. Though there is no longer a king, this ceremony is the same ceremony that the Royal Guards performed in centuries past. 

This school group practiced their English with me. 

Buttercup and one of the Royal Guards

It's been fun re-visiting Korea as part of our Around the World from A to Z Challenge. Tomorrow we leave Asia and spend two days in South America. I hope you'll join the journey.

I hope everyone had a happy Easter. Even though we're not celebrating holidays as we're accustomed to I am so glad for Passover and Easter. I've enjoyed the holiday cards, Zoom Seders and services. Definitely an upbeat moment in this time in our lives.  

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care.  Much love and wash your hands!


Ginny Hartzler said...

I do really like their clothing colors! And the lilacs are gorgeous! I am very interested in this ice-cream. Your link would not let me enter, so I am off to research it now!

Ginny Hartzler said...

That Milkcow looks beyond anything!!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I have never known anyone who has gone to North Korea for vacation unless they went to see relatives. You are truly a world traveler who opens up your mind to new, interesting adventures.

Kerin said...

Very interesting place!
Thanks for sharing.


~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I enjoy looking back and travel photos. We are all going to be ready for a trip when this is all over....even if it's just a day trip! Take care my friend. Stay safe!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I do love lilacs. The smells there must have been amazing. I've heard about the cherry blossoms in Japan but never thel lilacs of Korea. So I learned my something new for today. Thanks always for sharing !

Joyce F said...

Our son and his wife were fortunate to be able to go to South Korea, including Seoul, with a college group, and their sponsor/instructor who was Korean. They had many great experiences and took MANY pictures. DIL did not care for the food (eaten in Korean home) and the host went into the kitchen and returned with an apple for her to eat! This post reminded me of how much we enjoyed seeing their photos and hearing them talk about their trip.

Theresa said...

Beautiful pictures! Love the lilacs! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Edna B said...

Oh gosh, those lilacs are gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing. You stay safe and have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Patti said...

Wow! You sure are a globetrotter! I have never been off the North American continent; in fact, with the exception of camping trips to Canada when I was a little girl and a thirty minute visit to southern BC 15 years ago, I have never been out of the United States. I do love lilacs, and the ones you enjoyed in Korea are definitely stunning. I am imagining that divine fragrance right now.

Blessings to you!

Frédérique said...

Beautiful photos, interesting places!
L is for Landscapes