the irony of looking forward

She & Him – Don’t Look Back from Merge Records on Vimeo.

” Don’t Look Back” by She & Him.

After some frustrating and despairing house hunts and an unsuccessful furniture-purchase attempt yesterday, I am looking forward and dreaming of what-can-bes.

‚ô° Zooey Deschanel’s adorable vintage outfits and the furniture in this video. The little dance at the end is just too cute!

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HiLLjO i guess my patronage is appreciated? haha… it’s a nice touch ūüôā

escapism

After countless visits to the bookstore and leaving empty-handed and disappointed each time, I placed an order over the counter for The Stylist’s Guide to NYC by Sibella Court.

And now, it’s finally here! * happy *

It's impossible to be disappointed with it!

early birthday card from Coco and my to-read before the movie is out!

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HiLLjO I don’t have much impression of the other Bond flicks… except for that guy with the iron jaws!

honeymoon day 23, a little footpath goes a long way

day 23.

our B&B in Kalampaka in the morning light

The yummy chocolate and orange sponge cake for me. we had a whole breakfast bar just for the two of us on our first morning.

The Metora rocks out in your backyard.

crossing the railway track. the shortcut to anywhere.

the little small fragile kitty who chased us up a slope for food that we didn't have. Much later in the day, we returned to the same spot with some cat biscuits which we bought, but it was already gone ūüė¶

The Holy Church of the Dormition of Theotokos, built between 10-12 AD, an excellent example of Byzantine Architecture during those centuries.

we love how the little windows cast streaks of light all over the monastery, creating that awe-inspiring aura

one of the many murals inside

and then it's time for us to start out hike up into Meteora. "Follow the little footpath", the landlady at the B&B says. "It's an easy 30min walk up!"

the little brown dotted line was the pathway we took

we believed her and walked up the little footpath with no water nor supplements. It took us an hour to see the first monastery. That says a lot about our physical stamina!

 

view from one of our many rest stops.

our first monastery - Agia Triada - did you see it in James Bond For Your Eyes Only?

we have an updated schedule of all the monasteries from our B&B landlady. There are certain days where a monastery is not open to the public. And on this day, it was supposed to be open, but due to some reason, they decided to rest for a whole week...

after an hour's hike and 140 steps up the carved stairs to Agia Triada only to find that it's closed, no wonder bushyhead decides to sulk.

a low point. "The road is long..."

Agia Triada from afar

we picked ourselves up and walked the zig-zag road (road!!! another option we didn't know we had. deja vu?) to the next monastery - Agios Stefanos, the only convent around

 

As luck would have it, Agios Stefanos was on a long lunch break. It was freezing and windy at the top of those rocks. We were hungry, thirsty and tired from the hike. We were also resigned to our stroke of bad luck. So we gave up, called a cab and returned to town, hoping the next day will be a better one..

It was a fantastic day "hovering in the air", nonetheless!

we asked the taxi-driver to take us to a restaurant with good food, and he brought us to the city centre where the taxi headquarters is next door, to this restaurant on a slope.

the interior... homely!

our late late lunch

a happy bushyhead

the city centre. I like to walk off a huge meal, so we walked round the town to find kitties to feed. ūüôā

but luck really wasn't on our side that day...

so we went back our B&B and spent the evening with delivery pizza and a hungry resident doggy

i love the balcony, if only it was not so cold!

having our take-in dinner at the dining room table set by our lovely landlady especially for us

Thank you for taking the time to go through all the pictures! You can follow all the other days of our honeymoon by clicking on these links:  day 1 & 2 (Frankfurt), day 3 (Frankfurt & Switzerland), day 4 (Switzerland), day 5 (Switzerland), day 6 (Milan), day 7 (Padua & Venice), day 8 (Venice), day 9 (Venice & Florence), day 10 (Florence), day 11 & 12 (Florence), day 13 (Rome), day 14 (Rome), day 15 (Rome) , day 16 (Athens), day 17.1 (Athens), day 17.2 (Athens), day 18 (Athens), day 18 part 2 (Athens), day 19 ( Santorini ), day 20.1 ( Santorini ), day 20.2 (Santorini), day 21 (Santorini), day 22 (Santorini & Meteora)

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frizztext Thank you for dropping by!

jacqueline Well, another weekend is coming! whoopee!

Whitney I think Jamie Beck did a great job bring these photographs to life!

Karin and¬†Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* ūüôā

Shannon of Happiness Is‚Ķ and jaclyn @ thelateafternoon Never underestimate Pooh and gang’s words of wisdom! haha, and yes! Those are amazing! I can just keep watching them!


everyday.closeness

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. 

“Pooh?” he whispered.¬†

“Yes, Piglet?”¬†

“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand.¬†

“I just wanted to be sure of you.”

from Jamie Beck's blog : From Me To You

Going home soon for a night of home-cooked food, I’m always looking forward to a night in with my bushyhead, even if the food is overcooked/burnt/bland.

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!
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Sewon Exactly! Without the ups and downs, it’s just a boring straight line! ūüôā

Shannon Eileen Those doggies will melt anyone’s heart, I suppose! I miss them!

jacqueline aw.. thank you for your sweet comment, Jacqueline!

Colleen / Inspired to Share Oh I hope you get a chance to visit soon! I’m sure you will love it!

Sarah I think all aerial pictures are nice! They are kinda magical, aren’t they? To imagine all the people living in the lands below, and all the wonderful and unexpected lines and designs that are on them, which we would normally never have seen them on ground.

nuelene Agree! Thanks for dropping in!

Georgianna I hope I can it there someday! So where do the bus tours start from? Is there any public buses instead? I’d rather try traveling on my own than follow a tour group! (That’s the thing about being a non-driver, I want to go everywhere, but I don’t drive!)

honeymoon day 22, i wish you doggies well

day 22.

Leaving Santorini on this day.

Dog No. 1 came back.

we took our breakfast outside, and shared them with the dogs that we have grown really fond of.

this makes me wonder, what life is like for the animals on this island - living life like a vagabond, not knowing what each day brings nor who they are going to meet. Each day IS a gift, no matter which way you look at it.

Dog No. 1, 2 and 3 walked with us out to the carpark to send us off. Dog No. 2 and 3 were fast friends, poor Dog No. 1 feels left out, sounding out her protests and jealousy by barking at the 2 playmates every once in a while.

Dog No. 2 has a special place in my heart and it still tugs at my heart to say goodbye to her. I didn't blame her at all when the moment our mini van drove away, she and Dog No. 3 spotted 2 other tourists metres away and started running to them. (Those 2 girls must had been scared to see 2 grown dogs running toward them) At least the dogs had waited till the engine started, like they knew somehow, that this is goodbye and we needed a proper farewell.

Santorini (Thira) National Airport

boarding the plane. I love how this no-fuss, aero-bridgeless boarding seems to carry back the Romance of Travel.

flying into Athens. - Do you ever get tired of the aerial view from planes? I'm still fascinated after all these while.

This image will feel like a big jump in time, because it is. The day after the planeride was a combination of different transportation rides. We took the subway back into Athens city, collected our left luggage from our previous accommodation, hopped on a bus and got lost for a while looking for the main train station. After that it was a long uninspired train ride where I doubted myself if we got on the right train because it was hours and hours of darkness outside and the journey took longer than expected.

No one speaks English and everything is in Greek and appeared outdated. The train we were on arrived way too late. I was sure the connecting train left, but I wasn't sure if there was any arrangement for anoter connecting train. (The train station was smacked in the middle of nowhere... or maybe it was too dark to make out anything... ) Not knowing what we were waiting for, we just kept on waiting anyways. That was really all we can do!

Well, then we managed to arrive… into METEORA!

Once again, we didn’t expect how quiet the little city would be, nor how misleading the directions to the guesthouse we booked really is. It says it’s just behind the train station, but from where we were, we really couldn’t tell. Long story short, it really was just behind the train station, just that we took the long way round where there are proper paved road. That seemed like the obvious thing to do. We just didn’t know then, that we were supposed to step onto the railway track, cross it in the dark and get to the back of station where the neighbourhood is.

I may seem like I’m complaining a lot, but i really enjoyed all the little ‘misfortunes’ and ‘unforeseen circumstances’. These are what made the trip OUR trip.

I don't know about you, but a proper dinner is really important to me no matter how tired I am

These were really not the best...

... but these were what I needed to properly end the day and look forward to the next, plotting the places where we can explore!

You can follow all the other days of our honeymoon here!  day 1 & 2 (Frankfurt), day 3 (Frankfurt & Switzerland), day 4 (Switzerland), day 5 (Switzerland), day 6 (Milan), day 7 (Padua & Venice), day 8 (Venice), day 9 (Venice & Florence), day 10 (Florence), day 11 & 12 (Florence), day 13 (Rome), day 14 (Rome), day 15 (Rome) , day 16 (Athens), day 17.1 (Athens), day 17.2 (Athens), day 18 (Athens), day 18 part 2 (Athens), day 19 ( Santorini ), day 20.1 ( Santorini ), day 20.2 (Santorini), day 21 (Santorini)

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jillian m. {coffee, light and sweet} Well, we did want to bring her home! She’s so sweet! But I doubt that our warm Sunny Singapore weather is best for her! ūüė¶

Sarah We have never had animals like that following us around anywhere, ever! It was a pleasant surprise to have the lovely company. I’m extremely honored that the dogs chose us too! haha.

jaclyn @ thelateafternoon Yes! I think anyone who arrives into Santorini and not see the standard blues and whites will really be disappointed! – except that there is no way that would ever happen!

Margaret Hi! I hope you managed to get my message on your blog!!

Georgianna ūüôā I hope you enjoyed our little trip, Georginna!

Libby, Vintage Aplomb You really should!