Saturday, June 25, 2011

Santorini

Santorini -

My favourite pit stop of the Honeymoon




the ferry company - 5 hours from athens to santorini

~坐到屁股开花~





but before we could board the ferry, we need to collect our tickets from the counter which was like 200m away....




so we have Mr Ang with the tickets - after a 400m run - to and from the ticket counter... while i waited happily at a corner with all the luggage...





sleepy us on the ferry







our 5th room sweet room @ 27 euro per night only.... aircon, attached toilet, fridge




the owner was super nice...picked us up from the port...showed us around the area in his van.... drove Mr Ang to get tickets for our volcano day tour the next day too... =)



room was super clean but no room photo again as we messed it up the moment we entered with all our barang barangs...




Getting ready for lunch then the black beach.... =) ...happiness....





the view outside our room sweet room...








the mini swimming pool ... dun understand why do they need to build the swimming pool when the black beach is just 2 - 3 minutes away lo.... hahaha....

but we still went for a dip after the day trip to the volcano






Had lunch at Irene's restaurant - Irene is this super enthu (abit too enthu) owner of the restaurant














super yummy...especially my mushroom and cream rice at 6 euro.... love... and chicken grill with rice for Mr Ang...they are very generous lo...gave him 3 slices of chicken for 7.90 euro...considered very cheap by europe standard...



then it was beach time....the BLACK BEACH of Perissa, Santorini


it's not the famous one but thank god it's not the famous one cos it meant lesser people .... really love the peaceful feel of the beach and the sea ...


it's not called the black beach for nothing.... the sand is really BLACK....


and they are scorching hot (those under the direct sun - i was holding those from the shade...heee)....remember black is a good absorber of heat??? And they are super fine... will sink in one lo...


I love the beach ..... yet i dun like the sun.... i also dun like beach games .... i only like to nua under the shade at the beach.... listening to the waves....dosing off...mind blanked.... ...once in a while, dip into the sea to play with the water...woohoo.... perfect holiday... =)


Mr Ang roasting himself.... while i shifted my day bed to be as much below the shade as possible, he shifted his day bed to be as much out of the shade as possible....



These 2 cans of lemon tea cost us 5 euro....that's a freaking S$9 la.... and it is the cheapest item on the menu liao... if dun order anything then have to pay 5 euro for the use of the shade and the day beds....

maybe they should market it to be -

5 euro for the use of their shade plus 2 free welcome drink???

sounds better right??




the view from my day bed.... =)....






and when i m happy....there will be 自恋 photo lo.... hahahaha....




One regret @ Santorini - not able to drive their ATV


super cheap ... less than 20 euro on a per day basis... non guided as in you can drive it anywhere...it is more like the tourists' mean of transport around santorini than a thrill form of leisure like what i tried in bintan and phuket.... BUT, they require a valid driving license which i don't have and which Mr Ang did not bring along for this trip.....argh.... regret ah.....


the view at 8pm... nice hor??? only one shade lighted up....
the day darkened only towards 9pm...




Our dinner place



super comfy....






super yummy


Friday, June 24, 2011

Athens

To & @ ATHENS



The breakfast place of Venice hotel... we had to checked out at 630am which is 30 minutes before their it is opened for breakfast and they purposely opened it for us at 6am.... so nice of them... =)








Backpackers on our way..... =)








10 minutes walk and we were at the bus terminal.... the D2 sign where the bus to the airport picked us up...






The bus..... do take note that ATVO and ACTV both share the same terminal and both have buses to the airport and both charges the same price 5 euro each...but should take the ATVO bus cos it's a express bus to the airport (no stops in between) and you can reach the airport within 20 mintues and there's lesser people on this bus as the counter is on the other side of the terminal



can purchase the bus ticket directly from the bus conductor too... =) ....




Mr Ang said that i look like xiao wan zi with my messy and qiao qiao hair that refuses to be straighten despite using water ...argh





Us at Venice - Marco Polo Airport.... 3 hours before departure at 1040am.... Mr Ang is super kiasu..... our flight info wasn't even on the departure screen when we reached lo....




Please stand behind the yellow line...




Our checked in bags in plastic bags... good service by Aegean Airline ah... =)





Us again...while we wait for the plane to Athens.... =) ...was abit worried abt the demonstation in Athens over their economy at this time...we even had plans to sleep in the airport for 5 days if we sense any danger when we are at Athens airport....





Luckily there isnt.... the streets outside the airport looks peaceful and we headed to look at the bus stop for bus x96 which is an express bus that brought us to our new room sweet room - Hotel Phidias ...the ticket cost us 5 euro each.... supposed to validate but the bus was just too crowded and with our big bags, it was impossible for us to move in at all.... so we did a very dishonest act... we recycled our bus tickets (which was not validated) for the trip back...oopx.... that saved us 10 euro which is equal to S$18...=P



Our room sweet room at pit stop 4 - Athens @ 4pm


(the breakfast area)





the computer area...they provide free wifi too...can access laptop in the rooms... =)





a section of their lobby which Mr Ang luvs







the super tiny lift.... max 3 ppl only....








Lunch at our favourite restaurant in Athens.... Collection Barbecue














finally NO MORE pasta ...=)



super delicious potato dollar chips with cheese and prata like bread with tomato sauce




grilled chicken for him and grilled chicken leg for me...=).... changed our side dish of potato to rice.... but not nice one but we still finished it all....craving for rice....hahahaha.....

Din roam about as we need to catch a ferry to SANTORINI at 7am the next morning....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Venetian lagoon

Venetian Lagoon - Murano, Burano & Torcello





Another day trip... =) ....










Our ticket....






by right supposed to be 20 euro each for a half day trip to the 3 venetian islands.... but i think the counter chap must have thought that both of us look pretty young and asked if we were students....Mr Ang flashed his student card and I said i forgot to bring...and he was so nice as to charge both of us student rate at 15 euro each only.... =)






i din lie..... i really do have my student card at home ah... just that my student card had expired years ago... wahahaha.... =)






decided to have sandwich for lunch before heading out for the half day tour at 230pm...









saw two gondolas on the way to the gathering point at hotel danieli (the one that angelina jolie and johnny depp checked in in the movie TOURIST)...still dun understand why the gondalas are so freaking expensive lo....





us on the tour boat...=)







1st island - Murano - famous for glass making



This old man (above) made this glass horse (below) from that orange orange bally thingy in less than a minute with just the tweezer lo... and after the demonstration, we heard him chuck the glass horse back into the furnace... !!!











we have street lamp on the road...venice has street lamp in the water....



speed limit is between 7km/h - 20km/h








2nd island - Burano - famous for their laces





hand sewn....this old lady is like the exhibit machine of the shop
... =P






their laces are not the laces that i know....their laces are actually designs sewn together by white threads...... strand by strand....

There's actually also a leaning tower on this island...just not as famous as the one in Pisa.... it's actually part of the San Martino church






Another famous thing about Burano is the candy coloured houses... read from a travel blog that if homeowners would like to paint their houses, they must contact the government, who will then let one know which colours are permitted for their house....they will never allow two houses of the same colour to be next to each other or even close to each other....





























our ambulances are speeding on the road, theirs in water











3rd island - Torcello - famous for its super old (639AD) church; Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta




















very autumn-ish hor???

















On the way back to our hotel, we decided to purchase (finally) just one slice of the green green thingy...we assume it was the nugget which lili jie jie recommended....





though it states 3.20 euro for 100g....just one slice cost us 7 euro lo...heartache... and really not that fantastic... hahaha... we took a pinch each and decided to bring it back to singapore for everyone to have a pinch each too... hahaha... and now it's still sitting in our fridge...=P




The invisible man with his newspaper along the way ...








Mr Ang looked so serious.....what is he up to????



facebook only la.... hahahaha......






ran out of tiramisu with nutella, so had the classic tiramisu instead....so so only but the white drink, sgroppino, which is lemon ice cream with vodka and sparkling wine is super nice la.... no alcohol taste at all... hahahaha...tasted like lemon milkshake instead... i likey.... and only 3 euro...=)