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Top 20 free things to do in Paris

City of love, fashion capital, literary paradise… Paris has many different guises. And while museum entry can be steep and fine dining comes at a premium, the French capital can also be a cheap date.<p>Whether you go weak at the knees for soaring church spires or want to rub elbows at an authentic …

Europe’s hot springs: 20 of the best spots for a soak

Sliding into a bathtub after a long day is one of life’s little luxuries, but there’s nothing quite like the restorative buzz garnered by a dip in a proper thermal pool. From Iceland’s idyllic Blue Lagoon to Switzerland’s most chic spa, here’s a rundown of some of Europe’s best hot springs.<p><b>Blue</b> …

Free Things to Do in Prague

Not long ago, Prague was hailed—in hushed tones—as one of the greatest European cities vacationers had yet to discover. Those days are gone, and the city is now well known as a major destination for art, history, and culture. Naturally, its prices have grown along with its reputation. With these …

Reader Mailbag: What to do with 5 Days in Seoul, South Korea

One of the reasons that I started Tripologist.com was because I love helping others plan their travels. Recently, I was asked the following question …

How does a scenic bike ride through cherry blossom lined lanes sound? How to get there: Yangjae Citizens' Forest Stn (Subway DX line, Exit 4) then go straight about 50m Bus-140, 405A, 405B, 408, 4422, 4432, 4424

This cafe, Sammotoonge, sits on a lovely mountain corner and makes for a great day trip. It takes a bit of time to get there but it's well worth the trip. How to get there: Bus - Green 7212, 1020, 1711, 7016, 7018, 7022, Jongno 13 ( Walik 15mins.)

Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is simply awesome. It is the world's longest bridge fountain and lights up when the sun goes down. 200 lights shine for all people to see. Thanks to our fan, Krystle SuYen Keah for sending us the photo! How to get there: 1) Dongjak Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1 or 2. 2) Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3,7 or 9), Exit 8-1. Go straight for 250m, and turn right at the Express Bus Terminal 4-way intersection. Continue going straight for 400m and cross the street at the crosswalk. Go straight through the underpass to arrive at the park. [Bus] Take Bus 405 or 8340 and get off at Banpo Hangang Park.

A walk along the wall makes a great spring day! Designated Historic Site No. 10, Seoul Seonggwak is an 18.2 km fortress is a wall that surrounds the city and was built during the Joseon Dynasty. How to get there: Hanseong Univ. Station. Subway Line 4 . Exit 5. Make a u-turn so that you’re going in the opposite direction. (It’s the same direction as Exit #4, but if you go out of Exit #4 there’s no place to cross the street). Walk down the street for approximately 150m, going up the hill to the right (the second “side street”), which will lead up to Hyehwamun Gate (혜화문). After passing the gate and taking a short walk (30m or less) you will see the Wall of the Seoul Mayor’s Office, a big gray wall covered with ivy (the second or third side street). Turn right and follow the gray wall up the hill. Keep following the wall (160m) until the wall comes to a corner and ends. There will be a road going off the left, but continue going straight.

Did you know that Seoul has a wide selection of walking tours with paths already marked out for you? On the government site listed below, ancient sites, themed courses and more. You can traditional cultural, modern historical, ecological, traditional markets, You can find the information here: http://tinyurl.com/cdpeskn

Namdaemun Market has a huge impact on fashion in Korea. The ladies’ wear part of the market is superbly popular and you can get all kinds of fashions here. In addition, up to 80% of all children’s wear traded in Korea goes through the children's wear section in Namdaemun Market. The best time to shop is before 3PM as many clothing shops close before then. How to get there: Hoehyeon Station. Subway Line 4. Exit 5, 6, or 7 (photo: http://tinyurl.com/p9y6ttt)

There are many bicycle courses along Hangang (river). Here are 2 of the top areas to bike along the river. 1) Nanji Bike Park - The Banpo Hangang (river) Park course simply rocks. The scenery is full of nature, bicycle riders and you can experience the view of an island and of Mapodaegyo (bridge). 2) Gwangnaru Hangang (river) Park - This course lies adjacent to the river. From here, you can get to River-view 8th Avenue, the only under-bridge observatory in Korea that was featured in the Korean drama “Iris”. Visitors without their own bicycles may rent and return them at any of the 12 bicycle rental shops set up in 11 parks along the river. For instance, a bicycle rented at the shop at Ttukseom Island may be returned to the shop in Gwangnaru Hangang (river) Park. Payment for a bicycle rental can be made either in cash or credit card. International visitors must show their passport or alien registration card before renting a bicycle. Should the rental bicycle break down, call the Dasan Call Center (120), and the SOS team will be dispatched to fix it.

Ewha Womans University stands as this nation's first educational institute dedicated solely for women. It was founded in 1886 and its name was given to it by Emperor Gojong (the 26th king of the Joseon Dynasty, 1863-1907). The goal of the school is to promote truth, goodness, and beauty. The school holds 18 graduate schools, 11 colleges and 65 departments as well as several research institutes. How to get there: Ewha Womans University Station. Subway Line 2. Exits 2 and 3. Walk for 5 minutes. (Photo: http://tinyurl.com/mdycxb5)

Gyeongui Line Forest Trail is perfect to enjoy a walk by yourself or with a friend. Seoulites enjoy walking along this scenic trail to grab some shade from the hot summer sun. Gyeongui Line Forest Trail runs through a residential area which means it is used by locals to get to and from work and school as well as for visitors to enjoy the surroundings. Come for a walk! How to get there: Daehueung Station. Subway Line 6. Exit 3 or 4. Or Gongdeok Station. Subway Lines 5 and 6 and the Airport Line. Exits 1 and 9. Walk for 5 minutes. Or Bus -Blue 110B, 604, 740, 110A, 163, 604, 740, 753, 260, 160, 600 / Green 7016, 7613, Mapo 10, Mapo 11, Mapo 12, 1002, 7013A, 7611, 7013B / Red 8601, 8600, 2500

The Ultimate Fall Wardrobe: Luxury Looks for Less

So, I admit I have already collected a lot of these items and I love to mix and match them. I can tell you from experience, they can take you from work to a cocktail party to hanging with the kids at the park. I focused on affordable priced items that are well made and could easily pass as the …