Estelea's Blog

French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.

Seoul in 3 days!!! The 10 spots on my bucket lists



In 72 little hours, we will have our first family trip as real tourists ! No family to visit, no one is working, we are all on ho-li-days for one full week!

Our last décade of expatriation has taught us one thing : travel light ! We always end up giving away most of our « precious » stuff each time we are moving – when we come to realize that the fret will cost us much more than all the furnitures and deco proudly bargained along the years.

Hence our new moto is “collect moments, not things!” Let’s celebrate Birthdays and happy dates exploring other places, by car, boat and even plane whenever we can. The Attila have reached this age when they can eventually appreciate their surroundings, they are asking (non stop) questions, and I love the idea of raising them with an open heart and mind.

Maelle is turning 4 next week, her Dad celebrated his 43rd Bday last month, so Leandre and I decided to take them to … Seoul ! The South Korean capital seems to have everything to please our whole team: “toddlers friendly”,”autumn”, “forests”, “cafés” and “cuteness”.

Here is our temptative bucket list. Assuming we are on time at the airport, we have taken enough nappies and pull over and that we are safe from stomach bug ! The Swiss side of the family wants more nature, the Parisian more Cafés, and the Attila have a say too :

  1. Seoul Forest (to finally ride a bike again, and feed deers. Cant believe my kids have seen dozen of éléphants but not a single deer yet !)
  2. Children’s Grand Park (little zoo, botanic garden)
  3. Secret Garden ( I can already see myself rambling in those kings secluded garden. Feel my imagination wandering just by looking at the pictures of this World Heritage)
  4. Korean Folk Village (“living museum”!)
  5. Anseong Farmland (animal feeding, horse riding, nature.. what else?)
  6. Namsan Park (one of the greenest park of the town, with the famous tower. Can’t wait to feel a bit of cold and see the Attila’s noses turning red!)
  7. Rainy day option : Lotte World and Dibo Village (kiddos paradises)
  8. Dog Café, Cat Café and Sheep Café
  9. Club Expresso
  10. Dress Café

Big thanks to those 4 very inspiring bloggers :


The Bible of Seoul. All info you could dream about is here. Awesome blog !


It’s all in the title. Beautiful blog, very informative.


Great travel and culture blog created and maintained by Matt Kelley. It was named the “Best Korean Travel and Culture Blog” by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO).


Charlotte is discovering Seoul and her posts are light and fun ..really enjoy following her.

All for now. Stay tuned!


5 comments on “Seoul in 3 days!!! The 10 spots on my bucket lists

  1. wendybarronwrites
    October 4, 2014

    Bon voyage! Take lots of photos, and save up the stories! Sounds like you’re all set up for a great time.

    • estelea
      October 6, 2014

      Merci 🙂 Getting ready, got the batteries, got the pens, got the notebook and a spare camera. Even some room left for the kids! Have a beautiful week!

  2. wendybarronwrites
    October 7, 2014

    You must be leaving today for your trip! Safe and delightful travels!

    For when you are back: I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Please see the details in this post, for more details about your nomination and how to accept. (No obligation, no expectation on my part, and no rush!)

    • estelea
      October 15, 2014

      Thanks Wendy! Will look into it tomorrow morning, so sweet of you 🙂

  3. D
    October 16, 2014

    I hope you’re all having a grand time … my time in Korea was in the other side and in the concrete jungle of Incheon but it seems like all around that country excudes excitement.

    Like @Wendy I also nominate you for the same award (and it seems you’re on a roll) so I hope you would accept it and keep on passing it forward —

    Keep the happiness all around!


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