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!


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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! 🙂

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! 😦

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 🙂 I hope you enjoyed our little trip, Georginna!

Libby, Vintage Aplomb You really should!

honeymoon day 19, out at sea

day 19.

We woke up before the sun is up, took the train to Piraeus and hopped onto a ferry boat.

There were vendors sellings Greek giant donuts for breakfast at the entrance of the ferry. Vehicles were queuing up to find their cozy spot in the ferry for the next 7-9 hours of sea journey. We went up the escalator.

We booked a slightly more expensive ticket that allocates us seat numbers. The cheapest ticket is really cheap and you are free to find seats where you can and make them yours within the public and dining areas. We thought, hey, it’s a long journey! We want to be comfortable in seats that recline. We don’t want to end up near the toilet or out on the open deck and freeze our noses off. Pay a little more and we’ll be that much more comfortable. Here’s the difference between the seats that we paid for on the left and the free seating on the right.

spot the bushyhead.

We should had got the cheapest ticket.

A couple of smart/ignorant/lucky travelers captured in the picture above paid for the cheapest ticket and made themselves comfortable here. Nobody checks anyway. Just so long you don’t ‘ignorantly’ walk into the Business class at the front of the boat.

A Goody's restaurant in the ferry.

look at the variety of coffee concoctions the Greek has.

one of the island ports the boat docked at

here's our stop!

waiting to be let out into paradise on earth

hello? We are at Santorini!!!

It took us quite some effort and time just to reach Fira, where our home for the next 3 days is, on the island. We took a bus from the ferry terminal to the city centre, where we can count the number of people in it with our ten fingers. We were helpless there and tried to ask for direction. Finally we found a woman who could speak a little English and thought that she should take a cab to our accommodation. Our bags were heavy (even though I had left a chunk of our shopping back in our hostel in Athens) and neither of us had ever been on the island, so we took the advise, got on the cab and got off it 3 minutes later.

Not that it was an ill advise, but given our situation then, we could had got lost for more than 30 minutes there had we tried to find the place on foot. We were just glad that we could get our backpacks off our back and soak in the sight in front of us.

Mill Houses, the place we stayed at

our own little private corner on Santorini

The staff in charge of the place (who insisted that he isn’t the owner) fetched us from the gate and brought us to the reception. While trying to catch our breaths, we found out that he could had picked us up from the ferry terminal and brought us here. Why didn’t we call him?

We forgave ourselves pretty fast for all that lost time trying to find our way back at the city centre because we were so pleased with what we saw from then on.

complimentary bubbly and Dog no.1, whom we were told is the 2nd most famous dog around the area. She came all the way from Oia, on foot. We were not too sure if the Most Famous Dog came with her - we never met that one, or she followed somebody here. Nonetheless, she had travelled far.

at sunset, we set out for food. Bushyhead got caught up with his flood of mails in his inbox, despite the glorious view. Dog no.1 ready to begin his escort service with us.

island life.

recommended by the staff at Mill Houses.

why cut down a tree when you can have it inside the tavern you want to build on?

al-fresco dining indoor.

Dog no.1 waiting outside

she stayed with us the whole time we were having our meal. I guess she knows the consequence of her doing that is that I will be smuggling food out from our plates.

eggplants! my favourite! Tzatziki! Double yum!

After the meal, Dog no.1 was gone. I saw her wandered up the alley beside the tavern and we saw this as an open window to shake off our friendly escort.

We went back to our room, and while bushyhead showered, I went out for a nice night walk.

i enjoyed my night walk. The island was mine to explore, Alas, everything was in pitch-black. I was lucky I didn't fall off the caldera.

I found a beautiful kitty that I thought bushyhead would love

then I saw more kitties.

I got back, told bushyhead of all the kitties I saw, and that was enough to make him get out of the room and wander around the premises a bit with me.

the kitty that bushyhead lured into the room.

We let the cat out eventually when it started scratching the door. Unfortunately, Dog no.1 came back, saw the cat with us, turned ferocious and chased it out of the compound. Poor kitty, we hope she’s alright. Later we heard from the locals that in winter, everybody went away and no one was on the island to feed the animals, consequently, the dogs eat up the cats. T_T

 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), day 18 (Athens), day 18 part 2 (Athens)

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kate spade book clutch

I love my Kate Spade book clutch more & more everyday!

I love it even more because I got it at half price!

So imagine my delight when I saw Emma, Romeo & Juliet and The Importance of Being Ernest on the bags shelves the other day! and then I thought, that New York Times is a cute prop…

turns out…

WEEeeeEEEee! It’s a real clutch bag!

Are you screaming yet?

wedding day pictures – the solemnization

Hi friends!

This is going to be a long one! If you haven’t seen the pictures taken before this solemnization, please check out the links below!

The preparation

The Gate Crash

The Traditional Tea Ceremony

After some photo taking at the hotel, we took off in 3 cars to Toucan Irish Pub at Duxton Hill. I wanted only Baby’s Breath and Anna from Spellbound Weddings, along with Ellie, took care of all that flower arrangement for us! She also took my scrappy DIYs and displayed them in manners that far exceeded my expectations.

our reception table

our pretty receptionist!

for a simple tutorial to this bunting, click on the picture!

cute signage by Anna!

On that little tree by the left is where we hung pictures of both of us, instead of printing them out on a photo book

one of our favourite photos out of the 20ish we picked out from our travels and engagement shoot. click on the picture to see some of the engagement pictures we took ourselves!

the wedding favors - click on the picture for these tutorial!

L.O.V.E.

little turquoise guitars and ribbons on doilies and hanging tealights

 

the aisle to the altar, lined with lotsa Baby's Breath

I had 8 of these little bubble bottles to be used as confetti after the ceremony. Note to everybody, you need more bottles than that! click on picture to see my notes on confettis!

Rock n' Roll is not dead - because for that one day, it's the 50s and the events that led to the song American Pie has not happened yet

I'm so glad I found these shoes, special thanks to Ching! Though if anyone of you out there is having an outdoor wedding, please buy those heel protectors. I had our initials lined out with crystals underneath the shoes, those along with the heels are knackered by the time the evening was over. click on the picture to see the one thing I should had gotten for the heels before the wedding but didn't and am now realy regretting that decision

You know I'm really happy when my smile turns into a grimace and all the facial lines and muscles are pushed into slight aesthetically-uncomfortable positions

You know I'm ecstatic when I start to guffaw with those MGM lion roar

the bridesmaid and the best man!

this and the next 2 pictures were taken during our brief rehearsal

while guests are arriving, I was off to do some last-min touch ups, redo my hair piece and attach the birdcage veil. Guests were encouraged to take photos at the photo booth we set up. We thought we prepared enough props for the photo booth - fun retro eyewears, blackboards and markers.. etc. Anna surprised us with more eyewears and a couple of boas. Isn't that service excellence or what!

the backdrop for our photo booth with the poster I did myself.. colour came out wrong actually but since it was already printed, it will be a shame for me to waste it just because of a slight off with the colours.. click picture to see part 1 of the pictures we took at the photobooth!

... and so begins the wedding solemization. leon our best man with anna our wonderful decorator

leon looking more tense than the groom

my mum walked me down the aisle to the music "In Time Love Comes" specially composed by our friend Tze. To listen to our march-in song, click on the picture!

Note to all future grooms, please say " I do" to your bride, not to the Pastor nor the Justice of Peace. For clarification, he did say that to my face, this is an example of how it would look like if you forgot

stefan repeating his vows to me, mostly about how I irritated the hell out of him

i stuck with the safer choice of for better or for worse

it's comforting to see that I'm not the only one with double chin

thanks to all my 'bubble generators'!

an oh-so-sweet and beautiful poem written for us by our friend Ganesh... fitting for this picture 'cause he's in it!

and then it was time for the bouquet tossing

it took me at least 3 tries to get the toss right. the first few times stefan was always there to catch my stray-flying bouquet

and Ellie was the lucky girl who caught the bouquet!

More pictures from that evening coming up next!

I’d love to hear from you, please drop some comments!

Lotsa love & hugs,

Pat

* All photos by Jan

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