honeymoon day 24, how to be popular with the kitties

day 24.

We are  nearly there.

resident dog eyeing the cat biscuits we got for the strays.

our 2nd day up in The Meteora - this time, we took a cab!

more kitties than we imagined

happy kitties

Megalou Meteorou

Varlaam Monastery in the distance

curio on the road

 

outside the Varlaam Monastery - the cat biscuits are proven to be popular with the dogs too

just one of the many wonders of nature - what does this look like to you?

 

Rousannou Monastery

Agios Nikolaos Anapaphsas from Rousannou Monastery. This little one fascinates me! I couldn't keep my eyes off it everytime I sighted it. Alas, we didn't visit this one...

perching on the rocks like the big boys

These litter of kitties were living near the dump outside the nunnery (closed for the day - ha ha). we wished we brought more food

 

we think someone's living inside in there.

a final look at the rocks before we head back down to city centre

just a whole stretch of lazy day for us then...

evening walk

simple...

... but nice!

that’s end of day 24, and nearing the end of our honeymoon! It took longer than I thought to post all the pictures up, but this process has kept the memories fresh for me all these while. One more final one and we’ll see what tomorrow brings. I’m excited about what’s going to happen this later half of the year, keep you posted!

Previous honeymoon scoops!>>> 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), day 23 (Meteora)

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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 😦

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. 🙂

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* 🙂

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


day 18, dreams are made of these, part 1

day 18.

Dear friends, thank you for your patience all these time while I upload my pictures on my own sweet pace. This just seem like one really long holiday, but really, when you’re on your honeymoon, time just flies and already I was sad the first few days that all these will be over soon. Now that I’m on my regular daily routine, I just can’t wait to plan for our next big trip again! I live my life on short-term plans.

After spending a lazy day at the shops, we headed back to Gazi.

An industrial area made funky.

I would love to continue sharing pictures of this wonderful bar that we visited in the Gazi area, but WordPress seems to be having a problem attaching pictures to the post. Been happening for 2 days now. So I guess that will have to wait till WordPress is back in order again!

Please visit soon!!

xoxo.

pat

 Follow all the days of our honeymoon!  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)

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kiss.mequick I’ve always wanted to go on a roadtrip! But it seems like the older I get, the more unwilling I am to get myself stuck in a moving vehicle for long hours. I still enjoy a good train ride though!

Leslie *Fresh Out of Lemons* That’s right! I guess most things are worth trying! We can always not have them ever again if we didn’t like them!

Sarah Thank you Sarah! I feel like we are friends already! 🙂

theEclecticLife Haha, we really can’t complain! We are truly blessed!

HiLLjO Thank you HiLLjO, I hope all is well with you!

honeymoon day 17.2, yoohoo! have you had your ouzo today?

day 17.2

After we finished exploring the Acropolis area, we sat down for refueling.

sitting al-fresco with the sun on our faces

I told myself I gotta try Ouzo while I was there. I know I won’t like it, but I still wanna try it under the Greek sun, eating Greek food together with bushyhead. Unfortunately, bushyhead will have nothing to do with it. I looked at the menu, looked at the waiter and told him I wanted a Ouzo and which one should I try. He looked surprised and amused. I was surprised and amused by his reaction. He made his recommendation and set down this bottle of Ouzo with a cute girl in a mini skirt on its label who seemed to beckon, go on, even girls drink Ouzo! Just look at me!

So why that face on that waiter?

I poured a two-finger height of Ouzo into my glass, smelled it, and got turned off by that strong ‘thinner’ smell that reminded me of a cross between Indian food and Korean Soju. I took a sip.

Ok, I’m awake!

The fluid reeks of Licorice, which i hate, the second it was in my mouth. It went on to burn my throat and esophagus as it made its way to my stomach – Now I know exactly how long it takes for liquid to travel down to my stomach.

I look at that huge ice bucket that came along with the bottle and came to a quick conclusion that a drink this strong and pungent should probably be diluted with lots of ice. That’s what I did and as soon as the ice hits the clear liquid, it turns cloudy. Magic! Either that or I had reached my year’s quota of alcohol with that one sip. I took another sip, bigger one, confident that the ice will have make the drink a little more welcoming. It didn’t. The licorice tasted stronger than ever and I was left worrying for my stomach.

The plus point is, I’m sure it dissolved all that fatty lamb I had for my lunch!

As I left the restaurant with that almost full bottle of Ouzo, I felt ashamed. Normally I wouldn’t have wasted it, if it had been any other beverage I paid good dollars for in a restaurant, but I was so sure that I wouldn’t have wanted to drink it ever again, at least not in the duration of the rest of our time in Greece! I left with my head low thinking the waiter must be telling everybody in Greek, see I told her so! pff! Tourist!

children hugging their accordian in the street asking for money when they should be in school or home playing as kids.

We went back to the famed Stavros Melissinos to make ourseves some customised shoes

son of the poet, he is quite a character himself! he completely charmed us with his honesty, friendliness and perfect american accent. those sandals at the foreground, I have them now!!

bushyhead having his sandals made

I wish we have this in Singapore, recycling made easy for every possible object nicely sorted out

it took us forever to find this funicular station. it doesn't seem that complicating and far from the map, but it is.

the frequency of the Lycabetus hill funicular wasn't that regular in January, so we have a cuppa coffee at the coffeehouse opposite the station and prayed hard that the sun wouldn't set on us

inside the tunnel

inside the cosy cabin

just in time!

chapel of Agios Georgios

folding ceremony at sunset, notice the reflection of the orange sunset on the chapel's door? Imagine saluting in the direction of your country's flag with such a spectacular view of the city in the sunset every evening. he must be a very proud soldier

spectacular 360 view.

this was taken at the same time! in front of us we got the sun setting into the waters and behind us, the moon was rising from the mountains into the open sky. and then we got views of the city and the Acropolis hill all in one place. Incredible!

my attempt to make a panoramic picture of Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf.

soon, the moon was all that was left from the twilight hours

 

arriving at the hip Gazi area for dinner and drinks. Unfortunately, as was our honeymoon luck, the rooftop bar I wanted to go to, was closed on that day.

we settled for cheap greek fast food instead!

kebap! with yummy yogurt and fries on-the-go!

the nescafe frappe that the greeks love so much. it is like nothing I ever taste before really with that different layers of frothiness maintaining that way till the very last drop

my preferred choice of dessert

 Follow all the days of our honeymoon!  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)

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day 17, i wish i’d read more greek mythology

day 17.1

It’s almost 5 months ago when we left for our honeymoon in January. It didn’t seem that long ago. Well, this just goes to show how slack I am posting the pictures up!

But this is A LOT of pictures, so much so, for example like here, I even have to cut day 17 up into 2 parts! My time has been taken up by work, dinner dates with bushyhead (the most comforting part of my day) and more reading! I didn’t even have time to read all the pretty magazines that I’d never fail to acquire, nonetheless, I’d be happy to do more! I guess, there’s always enough time in the day to do more stuff, it’s all pretty much a matter of better time management… and less sleepy eyes! … at least in my case!

so, day 17 is our 2nd day in Athens, Greece. A totally foreign place to me, and coming from the last 3 countries which I love, Athens seem somewhat dull initially. You know, but it’s not about the destination but really the journey and memories that both of us made together.

As usual, we couldn’t start our day without the complimentary breakfast that the hotel came with. It’s funny how I didn’t usually used to have breakfast but over there, I just had to eat.

I guess this could be a nuisance - the vines pushing their way as far as they possibly can, across the windows, the walls and the telephone/power lines to the next house.

while trying to make our way (note "trying", we met a few people on the way who were apparently lost too) to the Acropolis, we passed by this wonderful neighbourhood that I thought deserves to be an attraction by itself. This is just a little off the flea market.

 

we were lost anyways, might as well spend some time here with that magnificent view and take a few pictures before we left and lose our way to come back here again.

yes, that was somebody's rooftop that I shamelessly climbed on and demanded a photo on it

this is why I want a balcony

we found the entrance

winter left athens early

As amazing as the place is, I can't help feeling disappointed that it's becoming a huge man-made open air museum.

sometimes, it's isn't too bad using your imagination

i fell into a hole trying to set the camera for that picture above

God blessed us with that wonderfully warm weather and the lack of tourists so that we could comfortably chill with the entire modern city below us and an ancient one behind us

we picked up that guidebook at a library book sale. 50% of the times it was useful, other half made me pull my hair and ask why did I put all my trust on an old guidebook instead of being diligent and do what I always do - researching!! ... especially Greece was the only place I have never been to! I just don't understand why people trust me to be their tour guide.. hmm.....

let sleeping dogs lie. I think this is where it came from.

from the rock of Areios Pagos

 

this bottle of lemon tea is obscenely expensive! Bring your own water, don't ever ever buy anything near the Acropolis no matter how harmless )or cheap) they look!!!

 

descending into Plaka

orange trees!

End of day 17.1!

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)

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honeymoon day 7, where did these people come from?!

day 1 & 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, day 6

day 7, we depart the Italian fashion capital after a complimentary breakfast at the hotel for Venice. Along the journey, we stopped by Padua – 30 min away from Venice.

We arrived into Padua train station, dropped our bags at the baggage storage and then discovered that the tourist information counter was closed. We ended up getting lost in Padua without a map nor any inkling where to go. We survived, though with little success, on bushyhead’s sense of direction with the help of his phone.

I love getting lost!

this will be the first of our many encounters of what we now refered to as "the abandoned city - did we miss the evacuation signal?" during this duration of our winter honeymoon in Europe.

there was barely anybody around, and of course, that made bushyhead very pleased!

we stopped for lunch

i still think i had the best italian meal here

bresaola pizza

St. Mark's Lion Column

Torre dell'Orologio astronomical clock dating from 1344

arriving into the largest square in italy, Prato della Valle, after exploring aimlessly for the past 1 hour

by the small canal that runs round this small island that bushyhead is standing on

countless statues bordering the square

sculptor at work, though i prefer my grimmer take that involves a torture devise

this poor guy not only had his wings clipped but also have to bear the weight of a giant stone book on his face

Basilica of Santa Giustina

nativity scene. every year it's different. and it involves moving mechanical parts and sunrise/sunset simulation! it's quite amazing

we started to see signs of life here....

in fact, a lot! where did all these people go to when we were getting lost in the afternoon! It was like a whole different city altogether.

shops are open.. where they were previously closed. nobody told us the siesta lasts a whole afternoon!

red carpet on the waling street! glamorous people started pouring into it... this city itself really is as different as night and day!

We hurried across the city to get to the train station with our jaws open to catch our next train to Venice. We still couldn’t believe that the city came alive after a whole afternoon trying to figure out where everybody was.

 

arriving into our Venice apartment after a long boat ride and snaking through its many alleys. Door was locked and we have to try a few calls before we reach the landlord, who told us to get the keys from the bar beside us

our room was on the 3rd floor and it opens up to this stairway that leads to a small kitchenette. t's also here on this stairway, with an exact image like this that was the last i saw before i slipped and fall with my overweight backpack while we were checking out 2 days later

out for dinner

we decided to have our dinner here at the smallest hard rock cafe in europe.

We went strolling round Venice’s alleyways for a considerable while after dinner.. only because we couldn’t find our way back to the apartment. It was drizzling wet and cold, but i thoroughly enjoyed its quiet, lonely maze at night.

Next day, we set off intending to lose ourselves in Venice! Stay tuned for the next post! Do drop me a message too, I love discovering your messages in my comment page!

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honeymoon day 1 & 2, i got my craving fix

3rd Jan 2011,

We departed sunny Singapore, hopped on a 12-hour flight and begun our much-awaited honeymoon.

note his expression. he knew he's going to be in for some kind of hell soon - free from work and possibly internet conection, foreign food and beyond-tired legs

 

checking for signal was one of the first thing he does once we got off the plane and stated waiting for the train to take us to Frankfurt am Main.

ow-ow's first appearance

light and tickling : his first snow

hardly Zephyros. it didn't snow when we touched down, it didn't snow when we were taking the train but the moment we stepped out of the subway station, Frankfurt gave bb what I wanted him to have for this honeymoon: a chance of snow.

huddling birds on leaf-less trees after a long winter flight. in the morning, they will be gone and who knows where they rested their aching wings the next night

We spent the next 2 nights at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof. Long history behind this one, they opened in 1876 as “Frankfurter Hof”, it was the first place to own the first public phone in Frankfurt 1891 and a year later, the first electric lightning. Having survived through the first world war and never been occupied during the WW2 by the Nazi Regime, the hotel was burnt down after a series of bomb attacks. Only the facade was saved and it’s the same facade that we see today.

i love all those little (well, little from afar) Christmas trees between the archways.

the hotel, then. Imagine the grandeur that the interior was

the room, however, contains none of the grandeur we saw on the facade, nonetheless, it was nothing to complain about... except... I was expecting the bed to be a little plushier though..

After a successful late-night scour for food outside, we headed back to the hotel to do some quick exploring through its endless corridors.

 

" swipe id if you want your ciggies! "

lights out!

Day 2.

 

frankfurt (kaiser straße) in the morning... the sun just never seemed to officially start work until noon-time

morning-faced

Brasserie ici at Marriot Frankfurt was one of the breakfast experiences that i missed so much! This is just one small section that they have. The variety was incredible, though I felt with every passing years, they cut down on the variety, and this time round when i was there, my much-look-forward-to sliced beef steak was taken off! woe to me.

but the pancakes cheered me up a little

and this, more

bb had a long-distance phone relationship with a girl at the phone service-provider most parts of the morning

i had to entertain myself with my freakish eye

on familiar grounds

leipzeiger straße

yummy bath bubbles

tools of the trade

this was the stuff that carried me through many lonely dinners in the room, me sitting cross-legged in a couch with my eyes either mindlessly watching german MTV or some english dramas I'd brought from home. Nonetheless, it was always enjoyable and a luxury I looked forward to.

taken from bb's pov: his stomach just couldn't compare with mine, he only had a soup

tiramisu after a meal like that? oh yes!

both droolers

a maggi store. seasoned chicken noodle soup with more seasoning. eek! just what we needed for the cold outside.

at Römerberg plaza. all the pretty neogothic buildings you see behind us were all destroyed in WW2 and rebuilt after. lovely place for a meal, if you have spare to spend!

 

coffee at my favourite joint in the gloves my buddy personalised for me for christmas

toasty idea! sit al fresco and watch the world go by with your best friends tucked snuggly under these wool blankies

i'm still in awe at this mall's architecture a year plus after its completion

the cold and probably the time difference got the better of bb and we headed back to the hotel where i watched him sleep like a baby for the next 2 hours. i think my heart was still wandering out there

but being the good sport and a thoughtful husband, he woke up to go the other pizzaria that i must go to meet Jan with me. this look was a mishap after i , the absent-minded wife, hopped on the wrong tram and inadvertably caused the 20 minute wait in the cold dark night at an unsheltered tram station.

the taste of familarity that i missed soo much!

yummy, downed with generous portion of wine

if you had spotted our free model in the background of the 2 above pictures, you'd understand why we had to take a photo with this character

thanks jan for coming out to meet us when you too were under the weather!

More to come! We travel to Switzerland next! Touching hospitality and cats galore, but before that, which will be coming in the next post, I have to share this picture taken on our way back to the hotel.

this one is a classic look that even I won't get to see often. it's his "i'm cold and i'm tired and i have a loud hiccup" look

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