Itaewon

Welcome to Itaewon! This has been our favourite neighbourhood yet. We got off the subway and immediately fell in love. It feels like the entire plateau of Montreal has been condensed into a few square blocks of winding streets and little alleyways. Every business was either an adorable cafe, a small boutique or a trendy restaurant. PLUS there are street vendors where you can buy everything from socks to basketball jerseys, and it also has your big stores like Adidas if you’re looking for something branded.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

 

Our first major adventure in Seoul was a trip to the Gyeongbokgung Palace near Insadong station. Quite the magnificent spot I must say. Admission was 6,000 Won for the both of us (equivalent to about $6.60 CDN) and that got you access to the entirety of the grounds. From the mountain backdrop to the lush greenery and the vibrant architecture, it was really something.

My instinct here is to go on about the scenery, but seeing as you can look for yourself in the pictures, I’ll spare you the redundancy and attempt to provide some history on the landmark.

Wedding Weekend on Salt Spring Island

Alas, the wedding bells of August have sounded, which for a Johnstone like myself, means gearing up for a night of some SERIOUS dancing. If Salt Spring Island was to be the designated location for such celebration, then so be it, the dancing J-stones would be there.

Last weekend my cousin had a beautiful wedding at the Bullock Lake Farm, a charming location on lower Ganges road, Salt Spring Island. Their ceremony took place on bluffs overlooking the lake, just a short walk from the farm house. We returned to beautifully decorated outdoor tables, hors d’oeuvres, a bar, chatter among family and friends, and of course, and maybe most importantly, a delicious taco stand. After dinner and speeches we convened in the farm house, a majestic wooden structure with fairy lights lining the ceiling. We gathered around for the first dance, followed by an evening of the aforementioned groovin’…at which point, I’ll admit, it was necessary I take my heels off…

fran and john wedding

mom and ian

A Trip to Tofino

 

 

Ah Tofino, the majestic heart of British Columbia. Whether you’re blessed enough to live near this hub of natural beauty, or are planning a visit to the area, you’ve got to make the trip out. One ferry ride and a 3 hour drive from Vancouver (you can be there by noon!), Tofino is the remote yet accessible, quiet yet buzzing with activity, picturesque, beachy, bohemian surfer’s paradise that your mind drifts off to as your falling asleep. Seriously, it’s that great.

So…let’s delve into why it’s so great, shall we?

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of [wo]men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

Mark Twain