19.09.2009 - 20.09.2009 1 °C
We had a very pleasant weekend. On Saturday we went to a nearby estuary known as Soesagak. It's an amzing place ! The path of the river which reaches the sea here was carved out by volcanic lava and the reamins of the magma are the porous volcanic rocks twisted into all sorts of shapes and sizes.
The river itself is an array of translucent blues and greens. Barbara said it reminded her of the Verdun Gorges. The river flows its way down to the beach and so what you come across is a beach dividing the river from the sea except for a small strip of water where the river and sea meet. We would have gone kayaking there and done a bit of snorkling but the weather wasn't suitable so we'll be returning there another day.
Afterwards, we went to the Citrus Museum where there's a permanent exhibition of the all the citrus fruits (mandarins, satsuma,s oranges etc. ) which are grown on the island. The pungent and delicious smell of cirus fruits hits you as soon as you arrive and the taste of freshly picked tangerines is so much better than the imported citrus fruits we had eaten ont he mainland.
On Sunday morning we were invited for breakfast at the Hyatt 5 star hotel. Barbara and I have aready had breakfast there and we've always said that this is a definite must-do so if any of you readers come over do it !
I had the breakfast buffet which had everything you could imagine (cereals, English Wilkin and Sons jams and honeys and marmelades, all sorts of breads, pastries and of course eggs anyway yo'd liek them, sausages, cherry tomatoes, grilled an dsalted ne potatoes, crispy bacon, freshly squeezed fruit juices, as much coffee or tea as you'd like, waffles and maple syrup, hams, cheeses, fruits it was an amzing spread. And for just 10 pounds you could eat as much as you like ! We feasted ourselves of course and didn't have lunch. The icing on the cake were the beautfiul views from the retaurant balcony of the azure blue sea strecthign out as far as the sea could see !
Afterwards, we went to a traditional Korean tea house we had discovered by chance the other day. It's a home that has been transformed into a tea house. There aren't any chairs only low tables and a selection of tea sets to serve the different types of tea they have. There are seven individual rooms where you can sit and taste their teas. Ine ach one are antiques from all over the Far East. We tried wild cherry and dried tangeringe cold teas and a rooibus. The flavours were out of this world so we'll be going back there again.