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Our fav spot on our fav island in Greece – St Paul’s Bay

Apparently, a hot spot for weddings too!

I’ve come to realize that if I want to blog about a place, I do have to take more photos of it rather than just a couple of shots in the best angle (in my opinion). Anyway, we were pretty captivated by St Paul’s Bay given that this was our first time seeing a bay having lived on our little island for like forever. Hahaha. I actually had to google the difference between a bay and a sea.

We were also pretty surprised at how big the waves were within the bay. We expected the waters to be relatively calm since the rocks at the entrance seems to have taken the brunt of it.

So this is where our random walk took us too, it also helped that Lindos is a really small town.

Quiet and gorgeous. There are actually 2 “beaches” by the bay.

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This would be the perfect spot for a small beach wedding with just one cafe on that one tiny stretch of sand. :)

Kamari, the black sand beach of Santorini

Darkness is the absence of light. Black is the darkest color, the result of the absence of or complete absorption of light.

Black sand beaches exist in areas with volcanic activities originating from ground lava that has evolved over centuries or created merely overnight through a large amount of lava flowing into the ocean.

On a random note, the opposite of love is not hate but indifference.

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Walking down the street to the beach. Here, you can get anything you need for a day by the beach. Towels, hats, sunblock, swimwear and what not. You name it and they’ll have it.

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An entire stretch of cafes and restaurants by the beach. Reminds me a little of Phuket but less crowded with lesser people calling out to you.

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Probably closed till summer.

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That does not look like a leisure stroll. I think we were walking purposefully to get our feet wet. Hahahaha.

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Then attempting to avoid the cold waves. The irony. Hahahhaha.

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Light up, light up
As if you have a choice
Even if you cannot hear my voice
I’ll be right beside you dear

Chasing the sunset at Meteora, Greece

Given that dinner in Greece is usually at 8pm, we had plenty of time to catch a glimpse of our destination the following day, chose our preferred spot to catch the sunset and of course take a ton of photos all before sunset.

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Weakening rays

Dimming lights

The end of the day

Before the night

 

The centre of the earth, the ancient site of Delphi

Located on the slopes of ancient Mount Parnassus, the Sanctuary of Apollo Pythios.

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Super curious about life as it was then. Without proper roads, without proper shoes, without cars and what not. How was it that they could build such majestic structures there and then amidst the mountains which withstood the harsh changes in weather for centuries?

The Tholos at the base of Mount Parnassus. Just 3 out of the original 20 + 10 columns left standing.

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Lunch at a little quiet town in Delphi before we made our way to the centre of the earth (determined by Zeus) .

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The reconstructed Athenian Treasury.

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Following in the footsteps of the pilgrams years ago, we made our way up the (now) slippery smooth marble steps  to check out the Temple of Apollo with the companionship of grasshoppers as seen in the shot below.

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What’s left of the Temple of Apollo where he spoke through his oracle at Delphi (who got high on the fumes coming out of the cracks in the basement of the temple).

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The rise and downfall of the Oracle, uplifted by humans and then felled also by the whims of humans. Sounds familiar, some things never change.

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I don’t think the Oracle was being purposefully cryptic nor were there answers to the questions asked. In all honesty, all gibberish can be interpreted as an answer which is in turn subjected to the biases of the one who posed the question.

Speaking of which, if you were sentence to death by poison (as in the past) and you are required to drink the poison. Given that it was your hand that lifted the cup of poison, is this then considered suicide?

The theatre at Delphi where drama and music competitions were held during the Pythian games.

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The stadium of Delphi which was also used for the Pythian games (what we now know as the Olympics). Was looking forward to racing my sister there, much to our disappointment, the stadium was now overgrown with weeds and of course, out of bounds to tourists.

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One day, when time travel is made possible, all shall be revealed.

On a side note, for those whom are interested in historical fiction, Nefertiti by Michelle Moran is an incredibly good read.

Only those who have the courage to the face the fiercest battles will receive the greatest rewards.

16KM through Samaria Gorge

Was super excited to check out Samaria Gorge since I’ve trekked up mountains but never down a valley before. Woke up dark (not bright cause the skies were still dark!) and early, crawling out of bed reluctantly as we laced up our trainers and got our asses on the van which was gonna take us from Chania to our starting point.

For those whom are planning a trip, there’s no need to bring a big bottle of water, a small 500ml one would suffice since there are water fountains available at regular rest stops.

The entrance at 1250m.

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Gloomy skies, perfect weather for trekking. :D

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The initial part of the trek, heading down the valley well equipped with trekking sticks! Essential to minimize the impact on the knees.

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Stacked stones stacked on trees.

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Strength in numbers, united we stand! We saw many such rocks “held” up by little sticks along the way.

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That’s our awesome guide waiting patiently while we leisurely strolled across one of the many ladder bridges. Hahaha. On a side note, check out what happened to my black shoes. What a lovely shade of grey.

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Trekking essentials: Water, (seriously awesome) chips and chocolate!

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What used to be the village of Samaria.

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My favorite part of the trek, walking through the gorge.

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Sis taking in Apollo’s breath. Apparently there is this particular spot, known to the guides, in between the rocks where cool air blows out. That, my friends, is the legendary Apollo’s breath.

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The iron gates! Famed stretch of Samaria Gorge, 4 metres wide and almost 300 metres in height with a touch of blue skies.

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Looking up while we trek past the iron gates.

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Sticking close to the wall on the tiny rock path to keep our shoes dry.

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Nearing the end of the park. Samaria Gorge in spring. :)

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And with wobbly legs, we made it! 16 KM! *dancing around*

Shot of my favorite blue sea while we waited for our ferry back.

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Santorini, not just in blue and white

I’ve actually heard a couple of people mentioned that Santorini is overrated and I was looking forward to checking it out myself.

Did I find Santorini overrated? Not really. Although I would have planned my trip differently had I known what I now know.

The best way to enjoy Santorini, in my opinion, is to get an awesome accommodation, one with an outdoor pool with a seaview in Fira and spend a couple of days just lazing in the pool and enjoying the view for most of the time.

Santorini could be overrated if you’re looking to explore and wander around (what I did) since that wouldn’t take up too much time plus it gets really hot in the afternoon (thus the need for a pool).

I did love these random kinda doors popping up everywhere.

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We took a 19 euros caldera tour with a local agency. Was choosing between including transportation or not and ended up choosing the latter cause someone wrote that going down to the old port of Fira on foot was an experience not to be missed. Absolute bullshit.

At least for me cause #1 I’m not a fan of donkeys and #2 definitely not a fan of walking down 588 steps covered in donkey shit.

Old port of Fira.

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First stop, the famous volcano/island Nea Kamani. More than 50 shades of grey.

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My mom and my sis with their bright green umbrella. A touch of colour when all seems grey.

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Stacking stones. This was super common in Laos but it was actually my first time seeing this in an european country. We ended up standing there trying to Google the story behind stacking stones but there were too many; prayers, a form of worshipping, a gesture of asking…

Regardless, I decided to join in by stacking my own stones. Hurhur.

Oh and seriously, how cool is it that we get 3G on a volcano!

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Overlooking Palea Kameni from Nea Kameni.

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Thirasia where we stopped for lunch and ice cream.

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It was a rather small and quiet island with a couple of abandoned shops/cafes.

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Quick stop by Oia for passengers to get down in time for the famed sunset. I find it interesting that on just one island, you could get 3 different coloured sand beaches.

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Blue and white up next.

Planned elopement to Santorini – the ceremony

Wedding in Santorini, Saint Irini Chapel

This is seriously, a dream come true for me.

Why Greece? Some time at the start of our relationship we were talking about the places we would love to go some day and Santorini came up. Shortly after, LF gave me a framed jigsaw of Mickey and Minnie in Santorini and we kinda agreed that Santorini was going to be our honeymoon destination.

So when LF proposed in December last year (one day before the said doomsday – how romantic), I excitedly started to for plan our honeymoon, not wedding. Hahaha. Since we were hoping to have a small ceremony and were already set on traveling to Greece, holding our wedding ceremony in Santorini was an easy decision to make (plus there was a sale going on at Emirates!).

Tah-dah!

Our ceremony was held at (the courtyard) by the Chapel of Saint Irini overlooking the gorgeous Aegean Sea. In all my excitement, I actually did not notice the chapel on that day itself.

Wedding at Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini, Aegean Sea

Our perfect wedding get up aka #OOTD (HA), not one we had planned for but through a series of (extremely) fortunate events. My dress and LF’s shirt was bought in Santorini (the white house), flowers picked from the backyard and bundled together by my parents, hat from Kamari and the veil handmade by the sweetest friend. :D

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Truly a day in white!

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The ceremony was conducted in both Greek and English.

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Exchanging of rings. As you can tell, I was extremely happy. Hahahaha.

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You may now kiss the bride, if she manages to stop smiling. :P

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Signing of the papers. No turning back now as the pirate ship has left the dock and thus the victory sign. :P

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A shot with our guests and a toast to the newlyweds. Hurhur.

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Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

Ended the ceremony with a wedding lunch at Pyrgos where we did a second walk in. Pretty much like the Chinese weddings in Singapore where the couple would do a second walk in with a change of clothes, we did ours with a change of head piece (for me).

Wedding lunch in Santorini, Pyrgos

It was truly an amazing day for me, having my dream come true, everything falling into place perfectly, the gorgeous set up, having my family with me and most importantly, marrying my soulmate. I was actually tearing and mumbling to LF about how perfect everything was as we marched in to a song I can’t recall now. :)

On a side note, we hired a wedding photographer whom covered the ceremony plus an hour photoshoot at Oia, so photos in this post are from our official photographer. Excluding the one we engaged, we actually had 6 photographers – our guests. All of whom were so busy snapping that only our wedding coordinator clapped when we marched in. That said, I very much prefer the photographs to the sound of clapping. :P

And so, WE ARE MARRIED!

Wedding in Santorini, Chapel of Saint Irini

But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female.  

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.  So they are no longer two, but one.  

Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.          

Mark 10:6-9

Getting married in Greece..

Is a huge pain in the ass when it comes to getting the documents ready. Very much unlike tv shows with couples getting married on a whim while in a foreign country. Nope. Only in Vegas.

So we were forewarn by our wedding planner that it’ll be a huge hassle and costly for us to get married legally in Greece but we still decided to go ahead with it. Why not? It’s a once in a life time thing plus what’s the point of paying for a fake ceremony when you’ve already done it in your local country.

In case anyone is interested in getting married in Greece, you basically need just 3 documents (sounds simple I know):
– a copy of your passport
– a copy of your birth Certificate
– Single Status Certification

Both the birth certificate and the single status certification has to be endorsed by the MFA in your country, translated by the Greek Embassy or an accredited agency then stamped by the Greek Embassy.

We’ve just complete the above and will be sending them to our wedding planner to apply for a marriage license. BUT no, that’s not all. Upon arriving in Athens we’ll have to make a trip to the MFA in Greece plus our country embassies to certify our documents. More on that after we’ve gone through the process.

So why the hassle? Cause the bf is a Malaysian working in Singapore and has to make 2 trips to KL to get the documents.

Here’s the bf who had to fly to KL this morning and back in the evening.

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My #ootd on an empty train! The trains in Singapore are very rarely empty.

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And matchy accessories!

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

So despite the hassle, I am very much looking forward to fulfilling my dream of getting married to my soulmate in a foreign country.

😊

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