Time Machine to Not-that-old History – Trip to Gunsan

gunsan, history, korea, travel

Ola in Wonderland

Monday, 25.02.2019

I think that all the bus stations are never peaceful. Even at 7 am on Monday sleepy travellers are hurrying to their buses or are looking for a bit of rest on one of the seats in the main hall.

We were ones of them. With tickets in our hands, we walked bravely towards our bus. In about 2,5hours we will start our day in Gunsan.

Gunsan is a port town. At the end of the 19th century it started to serve as the main port to transport rice to Japan, and during the Japanese occupation, it was mainly inhabited by Japanese. That is the reason, why till this day there are many buildings in typical for that time Japanese architecture.

We reached our destination at a perfect time for morning coffee. Even before coming here we saw on Instagram a lot of fantastic cafes, but our legs…

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Voltaire in Strasbourg

In May, 1753, Voltaire arrived in Strasbourg after a row with Frederick II, the King of Prussia, whom he had spent the previous three years in his service. In a letter to his niece, Madame Denis, Voltaire exclaimed, “Je suis retirer” (I can now rest). Voltaire had a great affection for this enchanting city in the Alsace region of eastern France which dates back to the Moyen Age.

Voltaire loved Strasbourg and spent a year here reflecting, rejuvenating and reveling in the culture and beauty that Strasbourg can bring. During this time, he wrote Madame Denis, over one hundred letters detailing his life.

FRANCE, REVISITED: Strasbourg and Voltaire