After 12 hours in the airplane, checking into the JW Marriott (company paid for) was wonderful. Full service for sure. I wasn’t allowed to carry my bag and was escorted to my room personally. Very lovely. Sleep was easy.
Waking up at 3:30 am local time was a bummer. Still, 6 hours was enough that I just decided to stay awake and futz around the internet a bit. Breakfast at 6 in the concierge lounge before the day started.
“Breakfast at the lounge. Soup, green veg, grilled tomatoes and and Americano. With whatever this beautiful roll is. It’s early here. 6am. I was up at 3:30. Exercise, a tourist destination and then a nap before dinner I think. 😘” (That’s the text my hubby got.) The attendant was very nice, and said she’d try for me when I asked her to find a ballet class I could take. Strange request, I’m sure but she gave it a shot. It didn’t happen.
I decided to take a walk to the Han River as it was still only 8 am and nothing was open. Google said walking wasn’t an option! Weird. The front door concierge gave me the “jogging route” card and directions. Right turn at the Starbucks and under the freeway.
Directional tiles in the street assured me I was going in the correct direction. Banpo Hangang Park was lovely for a walk in the brisk spring morning air. 45 degrees outside on the early April day. (The Visit Korea app is a great tool for finding information in English.) People out getting exercise like myself and a few walking their dogs, a few bikers maybe going to work.
Late March early April is cherry blossom festival time and there were lots of blooms. There was a small block park I passed through that had evidence of a Cherry Blossom festival. Late March and early April is the season for that and I’m guessing that’s why the Lanterns were on the trees.
It was a riot of pale pink. Really pretty.
On the way back I successfully navigated the pedestrian tunnel to get across / under the freeway. And later at another big intersection, a mostly closed underground shopping mall. Might be worth visiting again when it’s open. 😉 Watching were people cross is helpful! Aka, following the crowd. The sign is translated via Google Translate app. All in all a good morning. Up next, my visit to the N Tower.