Then I drooled over some other fabrics on the way out of the building, but made it safely out onto the sidewalk. We passed gobs of bright items in a row along the building as we made our way in the cool breeze. There were cars of trims, lace, pom-poms, and plastic ware. We cut through the block in a wide area beneath the 2nd floor of the huge building, and people were zooming past on scooters and carrying stacks of goods. We came out on the other side of the building, where we tried to avoid the man annoying us with his loud whistling, who thought he had something to do with managing traffic, We grabbed a couple bottles of water and escaped across the boulevard to see the temple that was there. From the other side of the temple, we could view a hillside with a wall along the top, and people were sitting on the hillside enjoying the afternoon. We decided we needed to rest, so we journeyed to the hillside. You could not cross the street to get there, so we had to go back the way we came and go around the other three sides of the huge intersection to get there. Then we walked up the hill to a park bench where we relaxed a little and watched the world go by. It was a lovely day, and we witnessed five fire trucks rushing through the intersection below, and along the road on our left, which was also going uphill. Besides being giddy over a lot of fabric that I could not get a little of any, earlier, this was the most excitement I had had all day. We walked further up the hill and visited a gazebo/pagotta? There was a wall museum there, but we did not go in.
We went back to the subway and traveled on to Nondaemun. This is an area with a outside market where items are a bit cheaper. On the way there we, wondered passed "Line Friends", when there was no line, but I said we could stop there on the way back., Okay. We walked on around and found the Cat Café. We met a traveler from New Zealand, as we were pausing deciding to go in. He came and also was deciding if he should go in., Mary worked out the shoe system situation, and we all decided to go in. I took off my shoes and Mary got me a pair of slip-ons to wear in. They were not as uncomfortable as I suspected. We were greeted at the door by a young lady who sprayed some disinfecting soap on one of our hands. We put our personal belongings into plastic bags, to keep the cats from catching anything from us. We ordered from the coffee menu and sat at the table next to the man from New Zealand. He was 'on holiday' and had just come to Korea from Japan. He gave Mary some travel tips about Japan. We enjoyed the cats and had a very relaxing time. One cannot help relaxing when a new friend has found a comfy spot on your lap.
|Mary tries to pet the squash-|
faced kitty's tail
|A friend found my lap.|
|Cat on the counter where you order.|
We left and strolled on down the way, loud music coming from every store front and in the street. We made our way back to "Line Friends" and stood in line so I could take Mary's photo in front of the BIG BEAR at their storefront. Then we went in and looked at what Mary called "more really cute crap we love." We went on and found "Art Box", which had a crap load more of really cute crap we love. I could not resist purchasing a couple things in there. I got me a note pad, so I would not have to write my blog info on old used envelopes of Mary's or the back of my prescription description paper. It has a pineapple with eyes, that says "I'm fine" on the cover. I love all this cute art and odd verbiage smattered everywhere. I took a video to capture the noise, while Mary was checking out with her baggage strap.
|Mary at Art Box with her friend|
We finally made it to the market. It indeed reminded me of the Roseville Flea Market in Roseville, CA. Mary was bag shopping. She finally found one, which was a bit more than she wanted to pay, but she gave in and to her surprise when she looked at it out in the street, it had a flaming pink inner lining. She said it was inside and she could live with it. We went on to the end of the road and came out where the No. 1 National Treasure was. We decided to go see this temple. Of course, we could not just cross the street to get there. We crossed the street then walked around the block to the entrance. It was very nice. There were few people there, so photos were mostly unobstructed. It was the Sungnyemun Gate, (not a temple) which dates from 1394. Sungnyemun means gate of exalted ceremonies. It was also known as Namdaemun Gate, meaning south gate.
|Carol at the south gate|