Walk down history lane..

There is something magical about Stratford-upon-Avon, a market town with more than 800 years of history, adorable buildings, a lively town and one with some many blessings and worthy of a visit.

With so much to visit, I offer you a few snaps from my afternoon walking along very familiar territory for me, a Brit.

Exploring the awesome Starfield Goyang

The latest mastermind of the Shinsegae  is Starfield Goyang which includes a handful of international brands, a long list of amazing Korean brands and even a fantastic new spa. I would highly recommend a visit and it is easy to get to (address: 경기도 고양시 덕양구 고양대로 1955)

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This unique street in Shanghai is a chest of history, it attracted the intellects of Shanghai back in the 1920s and 30s with numerous Chinese writers moving in, many key left-wing writers such as Ding Ling, Qu Qiubai, Guo Moruo, Mao Dun, Lu Xun and Ye Shengtao.

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Today, the neighborhood attracts tourists and locals, shops and bars attracting people. The history hasn’t been concealed and you will be able to see the past, street signs and statues will point them out to you.

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Take a look at this website for a guided tour of the area – before you go!

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Some information on one of the major writers whose history is associated to the area:

Lu Xun (1881-1936)

Lu Xun was a man obsessed with curing his country. In his early years, he took the mission literally and decided to become a doctor. Believing traditional Chinese medicine to be a scam and a superstition that had hastened the death of his ill father, Lu Xun began the then rare process of obtaining a Western education, which put him in contact with Western science, literature and philosophy. This eventually lead him to study in Japan, where he would have finished his studies if it weren’t for an epiphany he experienced when looking at slides his teacher brought showing attrocities from the Russo-Japanese War. The pictures showed Japanese soldiers seconds away from shooting a supposed Chinese spy, but what horrified him was that the crowd of Chinese that surrounded the spectacle looked on with complete indifference, or even passive interest, in their own countryman’s death. Lu Xun would later write that this picture convinced him that Chinese society suffered most pressingly from a spiritual sickness that he would try his best to document and cure by returning to China to become a writer.

His first work of lasting fame was a short story “A Madman’s Diary,” published in 1918, some years after the establishment of the Republic of China. The story is an allegory of the viciousness of Chinese society, wherein a man slowly realizes the people in his village and even his family are cannibals. He followed this with perhaps his best known work The True Story of Ah Q, a novella that satirized the many faults Lu Xun saw in his country’s character. In 1927, he moved to Shanghai, where he would live for the rest of his life, and continued to write essays and short stories. He also founded, with encouragement from the Communist Party, the League of Left-Wing Writers, but he would later renounce his membership when he felt the group had become enthralled in leftist doctrine, which valued art only insofar as it promoted leftist politics (you won’t find this piece of information anywhere on Duolun Street, where the League was located). In truth, Lu Xun was disappointed with both sides of the Chinese political spectrum. He believed the Nationalist government to be a failure. He eventually grew to believe China’s problems were beyond the help of politics and probably had something more to do with ineradicable defects of human nature – like Dickens’ diagnosis of his own country.

Lu Xun died with a rather dim view of his own efforts to correct these defects, but Mao Zedong was one person who disagreed. He believed Lu Xun to be the greatest writer of modern China, and his writings have been a part of the curriculum for Chinese students ever since, under the perspective that Lu Xun’s works were a critique of feudal society before the communists changed everything “for the better.” He remains by far the most famous writer of modern China, and many of his most famous books are available in English translation.

For more information on Shanghai please visit

Shanghai Tourist Office

(ADULT MATERIAL) JEJU LOVELAND

The TOP location for people with a good sense of humour and a love of things cheeky, Jeju Love Land. This will give you a whole new picture of how Koreans think and work!

(though maybe the high number of love motels and Kdrama could well be a hint!)

 

10 Corso Como comes to SEOUL Avenuel

20170821_150919The trendy, stylish and simply divine 10 Corso Como has arrived in North Seoul at the Lotte Department store’s Seoul ‘Avenuel’ with a divine Cafe which is divine.

The new 10 Corso Como offers a handful of sections: women, men, beauty, books and designrestaurant, cafe and garden.

Quicklink to their bookstore.

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I think 10 Corso Como is always worth at the least a little look around – and a nice drink!

Goto the Lotte Department Store at Eulijuro Il Ga

 

Seoul Station, KTX and Daejeon

Fancy a day trip from Seoul, I would recommend a short trip to Daejeon.

Daejeon is very accessible from Seoul, a short train ride using the Korean high-speed train ‘KTX’ from Seoul Station and you will be there… very quickly!

The first thing you should do on arrival in Daejeon is to grab some bread from the famous ‘Sung Sim Dang’ and then head on out.. Daejeon is a pretty easy to walk place..

Go and explore, Daejeon awaits you!

 

Cheongdam, Apujeong and more

Seoul takes it to the next level!

Seoul is such a vibrant city, everyday there is something new to explore and something old has changed in a way you’d simply never guess.

When I went back to the UK, I arrived back in Seoul and realized this and that had changed.. so going away is as exciting as a weekend away in Busan because you know when you’re back..

Seoul will remain awesome but with something new to feed those cities needs!

If you happen to hold a Hyundai card (credit/check) then you may well be lucky enough to visit their Cooking and Travel library.

Visit Korea’s 1000th Starbucks in Cheongdam and when in these neighbourhoods, don’t rush, walk those streets and explore.. you’ll be surprised!

 

Iconic British brand ‘BOOTS’ enters Korea

Several stores can be found across Seoul, the latest being the flagship ‘Boots’ store located in the commercial capital ‘Myeon Dong’.

The store retains that British touch and offers numerous popular British products. Take a look