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No one speaks English and everything is in Greek and appeared outdated.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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{ Replies to previous post }

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!

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honeymoon day 21, santorini is made up of blue, white and yellow

day 21.

a greek morning

not all is still

at least it started off bearable, just a little disheveled

then this.

uh-uh. not a good look.

we imagined how far the winds had travelled...

as we walked down the countless steps to the pier. We wished the cablecar was in operation, we wished we had seen the donkeys instead of their 'poopcakes' on the steps, telling us they had been here before shuttling people and goods from the pier to the city on these very steps. Where were they then is still a mystery to us now.

does anyone live in these?

deserted. no donkeys, no boats to take us to the caldera. just abandoned buildings and cafes filled with stinking faeces of unknown sources and dust in them - on overturned mattresses and broken tables. I shuttered to think that these will be open for business in the summer, it's actually unthinkable. Unknown to me then, i was also happily clicking away on my lomo, which had ran out of batteries donkey years ago (how apt is that description here!), and returned home with 2 empty rolls of films to develop. Now, all the pictures that I had took are only recorded in my mind. 😦

the lack of activity creates plenty of quality pondering time for the residents there.

the mood was infectious.

i'm happy as long as I have his hands to hold

 We resigned to our fates and made the climb back to the city, instead of wishing hard that the cablecars would start an unscheduled operation.

booze almost always cheered us up

tuck in!

apertifs on the house! Cheers to that!

we found Dog No. 2 in the city center. She was sleeping on the street when she saw us and decided to follow us. She's gorgeous.

I'm always lagging behind during our walks because, 1) I'm easily distracted. 2) I stop to take pictures alot. And while bushyhead walked far ahead of me, Dog No. 2 would always turn back and check that I'm still there behind them.

same view, different feel

Dog No. 2 knows the House Rules without us even having to tell her. She only enters the room when we let her. *I love this picture, by the way*

on our way to get dinner, Dog No.3 appeared and started to play violently with Dog No. 2 - the whole time we were walking to the restaurant.

now we got two dogs hot on our tails.

we went back to the same restaurant we went to on our first day in Santorini. Eventually Dog No. 2 and 3 chased each other down the street and disappeared.

I was quite upset we lost Dog No. 2 and my sweet bushyhead went out in the dark to find her for me. It was not an easy search, she could be anywhere on the island, but he did managed to find her, brought her back and fed her with food he bought from the supermarket.

We gave her some towels and she slept all night outside our room. It must had been cold. We felt so bad that we got her into the room (don’t tell the owner) early next morning and fed her some more. Sweet Dog No. 2 even hesitated before she stepped into the warmth of the room.

Next up, our departure day.

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)

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honeymoon day 20.2, atlantis by accident

day 20.2

So we made it down the hill, filled the cute car with gas and drove across the island to Oia.

We heard it’s a lively town, and boasts of magnificent sunset view.

But we didn’t know where to go. It should had been pretty straight forward – just follow the sun! But we weren’t sure, everybody else was on holiday. We put our trust and faith in a group of school children who kept giggling and pointed in different directions. And we were caught in a maze with plenty of distractions.

we could see the sun setting...

but we just couldn't get near enough

what is too many locks

chasing the sun

We were hungry from all that climbing earlier, and it seems that the sun is already setting. We saw a pretty little bookshop called Atlantis Books – the only store that was open. We asked the girl from the bookstore if there’s any place open for dinner and I wanted to linger a while longer at the bookshop, she looked at us and just goes, oh i know a place, but this is not the place for you to be at now, you have to go now! We’ll talk in a while, but now, go, go, go! The sun is setting!

How ever she knows we were looking for the sunset remains a mystery, but maybe all tourists came to the then-‘abandoned’ city of Oia for one reason – to see the sunset that everybody talks about. We followed the direction of her finger and sprinted.

we were just in time

the colours that were cast around the dipping sun were a dream!

even the stones reflected the brilliance of the colours

and then it was gone

can you see the reflection of the sunset?

even after the colours of the sunset became muted, the natural colours of the island still remains

We went back to Atlantis Books and ended up spending loads of time in it – bushyhead was playing with the resident cat and I was going through the massive collection of books for something to read. ( You can read about how Atlantis Books begin here.) In the end, I picked A Month in the Country and got a cute stamp it it too. The lady was looking after it for the winter is Charlotte Koster – an amazing artist who did all the woodsigns and wordings in the bookshop. She also did some really amazing sand sculptures and designed one of the suites for the 2008/2009 season of the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi. You can see her work here.

After Charlotte so kindly directed us to a nice family tavern for dinner, we left the bookshop. We were half-expecting the bookshop to disappear magically the moment we turned our heads. We know this is not Hogwarts, but we believe this place definitely exists in a realm of its own!

warming ourselves beside the coal burner!

ending the night outside our room with a drink... and Dog No. 1 (not shown in the picture)

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 )

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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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