Monday, February 14, 2011


This weekend I went on a ladies weekend with three of the members of our "Olle" club (see my Christmas Party post for more background on the club). We drove to Gapyeong County 가평군 to do some touristy stuff and stayed over night at a small resort condo in nearby Cheongpyung 청평.

On Saturday we visited Petite France 쁘띠프랑스, Korea's "French culture village", which is modelled after a rural French Alps village and has been the setting for several Korean television shows.

The theme of the village is Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince". There are murals and character sculptures scattered throughout, as well as an indoor exhibit featuring various published versions of the book, original drawings and letters by the author, photos, and other memorabilia.

There's a variety of mildly entertaining things to see and do: we missed the marionette show, but were entertained by the coq gaulois (national symbol of France) exhibit, and played dress-up in the authentic 200 year-old French house that was, in fact, transported to Korea from France.

Before leaving, we stuffed ourselves with delicious crepes following an overpriced and truly horrible meal in the restaurant (eat before you go!).

In the evening, we hung out at the resort, feasting on Jeju style pork barbecue and playing 'Go Stop'.

Sunday (Heather's 31st birthday) started with a breakfast buffet and a trip (my 4th) to Nami Island 남이섬. It was, unfortunately, quite frigid, but we had fun nonetheless. Here we are; Soon-Ok, Heather, Me, & Marcie. It's fun walking around out in public together and watching/listening to people trying to figure out our dynamic.

My favourite part of the day was seeing the clay sculpture exhibit called "Mother's Happiness", though it caused me to miss Logan and want to head home sooner rather than later.

To see all of the pictures I took this weekend, click my Picasa Web Album on the main page.


  1. Wow! I can't believe you spent a weekend away from your son! Braver than me you are! ^.^
    It looks like a really interesting and fun weekend too. I had no idea that such places existed. Maybe we'll take a family trip there one day. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Pork barbecue - yes please! Your trip looks like so much fun!