Paradise Santorini

Santorini, Greece

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Wow! Wow! Wow! It has been almost a year since I update my blog. Anyone miss reading my blog? Anyway, I don’t think so except myself. I guess I am losing myself bits by bits, getting a little lazy to travel and writing crap/memories on my blog. Gonna try my best to find back my passion for travel and photography.

 

How to get to Santorini from Singapore? 

I took Singapore Airlines from Singapore to Istanbul, Turkey. From Istanbul, I took Aegean Airlines to Athens and then to Santorini. However, you can now take the twice weekly flight from Singapore Airlines to Athens directly between June and October 2014. I was really anxious to travel to Santorini and I had a long break from work and this was why I decided to pay more to travel.

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Why did I choose Santorini?

Stunning photos right! I have always wanted to travel to Santorini. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I really have to say this is one of my best holidays ever. On top of that, this is the first time I took an airplane out of Singapore and explored a foreign place entirely alone. It is not that dangerous as I thought it might be. It is a great experience and I have always wanted to do it badly. So glad that I have the guts to do it! YOLO MAN!

 

Some of the places that I have visited

1. Fira 

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2. Oia

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3. Amoudi Bay

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4. Volcano Island

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5. Kamari Beach

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6. Ancient Thira

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These are some of the dishes I have in Santorini. Seafood like fresh sea bream and fried calamari are MUST-TRY! I really enjoyed my life in Santorini. Who says traveling alone is boring? I have so much fun. I wake up everyday late, eat what I want and go where I want. I plan my trips very impromptu and I believe this should be the way how you should enjoy traveling. I used to plan my holiday itinerary and follow it rigidly which really stresses me out. So now, I will just google the must-go places but the best and easy way is just ask the locals especially your friendly concierge!

 

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Ending my blog entry with the sunset photo I took in Fira. Miss the days I get to watch the sun set everyday while enjoying my dinner with a glass of wine. Till then…

My Favourite Destination – Greece Part.II

Saronic Gulf Islands, Greece

We took the full day island-hopping cruise package to Hydra, Poros and Aegina on our second day in Greece. I would really love to go to Santorini instead to see the famed whitewashed houses with blue domes roof but our stay was too short.

Nonetheless, it was still a fun-packed day with an awesome bunch of peeps who are so steady!

Mariner of the Seas docked at Piraeus, Port of Athens. Spent 19 weeks of internship in Royal Caribbean Cruises and it is really exciting to see one of the cruise ships right in front of me. Talking about cruising holidays, I would really love to have the chance to go on an Alaska cruise!

A photo-taking session to welcome us before we go on board the ship.

Our first stop was Hydra. It is a very beautiful island and I will highly recommend newlyweds to come here for honeymoon. Just sipping a cup of coffee is already a pure enjoyment on this island.

The water is so clear! I think Hydra is a good subsidiary for Santorini if you do not want to spend few hundred bucks on air tickets or 8 hours ferry cruise to travel there. The only difference between the two islands I think is the roofs in Hydra are red-tiled instead of bright blue domes.

This is our ship docking at Hydra.

Motor vehicles are banned and the only form of transport in Hydra is donkey rides or by foot. Of course, how can you miss taking a donkey ride here?

I really enjoyed the donkey ride! The donkeys kept poo-ing and the owners would stop to clean the poo-poo.

Cats are everywhere in Hydra too! Meow..

Our second stop was Poros. Nothing much in this island but the view from the hilltop is really stunning.

Us at the hilltop of Poros.

The last stop was Aegina. This island is really huge to be explored by foot. With limited time to spend on this island, we decided to rent the motorbikes despite that none of us own a motorbike license. Steady! I love to ride motorbikes and I even went for Class 2B lessons. After 3 long years, I still have not passed my Class 2B license and it still remains a dream to own a Vespa Sprint. Sobs!

The 6 of us took 4 motorbikes and off we go for our mini adventure tour. I took the quad bike and maneuvering was easy.

Ain’t we cool? Heehee…And…Guess what? We spoiled the bench. Lol!

We almost got into an accident cos I did not slow down as we were approaching a sharp turn. The right two wheels were lifted and we drove into another lane. Fortunately, there were no oncoming cars and I managed to regain back balance. Phew! This is one of the reasons why I have not passed my motorcycle licence cos I am such a lousy driver. Hahah!

It was very rushed and we almost missed the timing to get on board the ship.

Alas, the whole trip was ended with a memorable view of sunset with swarms of seagulls in the background. It was a wonderful and scenic trip that I would really miss.

I LOVE GREECE! Really! Don’t you too?

My Favourite Destination – Greece Part.I

Athens, Greece

This is my first blog post and I shall blog about my favourite destination, Greece.

I am the lucky few to have the chance to fly to Athens and I had my bestest time ever in this country!

A visit to Athens will not be completed without a visit to the Acropolis. Acropolis of Athens is listed as one of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Acropolis also means “high city” in Greek and is literally built on the tallest hill in the city.

Located on the slope to Acropolis is the Theatre of Herodes Atticus. It was built by Herodes Atticus is memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. The theatre is still used for musical and theatrical peformances.

Great view of the city as you walk up the slope to Acropolis.

I like this birdie photo. Nice bokeh effect!

Entrance to Acropolis.

The Parthenon is a Temple on the Acropolis dedicated to the Greek Goddess Athena.

My jump shoot with The Parthenon behind me.

Erechtheum, another Greek temple in Acropolis.

Our jump shoot!

There were demonstrations going on when we were on our way back to the hotel. This is the first time that I see demonstrations in my life. Greece is a beautiful country with wonderful people and history but sadly, the country has debt crisis.

Anyway, something to share.. My name Irene is of Greek origin and the meaning of Irene is “Peace”. Irene was the Goddess of Peace in ancient Greek mythology. So now you know why I am such a nice person.. Hahah!

Stay tuned folks for Part 2! 😉