Santorini

Santorini consists of a group of islands created by volcanoes in Greece. Fira and Oia are probably the two most well-known towns in these islands. Fira is more like a city, which has multiple roads and access to the port on its eastern-side by cable cars or a steep Z-shaped footpath. Oia, pronounced as “EE-ah”, on the other hand is smaller but more scenic.

This is a late post and having only remember this place being really warm and dry during summer — I will let the photos do the talking.

 

We arrived in the morning by the sea and was greeted by this magnificence view of buildings on cliffs
We arrived in the morning by the sea and was greeted by this magnificence view of buildings on cliffs

 

Morning shot of Fira on top, with its port at the bottom edge of the caledra. The Z-shaped footpath is very obvious here.
Morning shot of Fira on top, with its port at the bottom edge of the caldera. The Z-shaped footpath up the island is very obvious here.

 

This cat seems like a mascot, welcoming visitors at the Fira port with ...um a "friendly" face.
This cat seems like a mascot, welcoming visitors at the Fira port with …um a “friendly” face.

 

Cable car, going through a wall!?!? Looks like they realize the wall was in the way??!
Cable car going through a wall!?!? Looks like they realized the wall was in the way??!

 

Oia -- its the white walls, the blue skies and beautiful coast that give this place an iconic view
Oia — its the white walls, the blue skies and beautiful coast that give this place an iconic view

 

I always wondered how they keep the walls so clean. Now I know!
I always wondered how they keep the walls so clean. Now I know!

 

The other view from Oia
The other view from Oia — now you can see some unpainted walls!

 

Dining place but probably going to burn your skin (and probably your wallet too)
Dining place but probably going to burn your skin (and probably your wallet too)

 

Windmills on the other side of the island, enroute from Oia to Fira.
Windmills on the other side of the island, enroute from Oia to Fira. Shot from a moving bus!

 

The view from the cable car station up in Fira
The view from the cable car station up in Fira. That’s our ship!

 

That's the big pulley that kept us alive
That’s the big pulley that kept us alive

 

Celebrated with a mug of local Greek beer (Alfa) upon successful descend
Celebrated with a mug of local Greek beer (Alfa) upon successful descend

 

Composition of the rocky island
Composition of a rocky island nearby

 

 

 

Libreria Acqua Alta

Totally not in our agenda, but I am glad we stumbled into this when we were exploring the alleys towards the east side of Venice.

Dubbed (or rather claimed) to be “the most beautiful bookshop in the world,” I find it most intriguing or interesting than beautiful. It is in fact a big mess inside with an unused gondola in the middle which holds hundreds of books. There is another room with a bathtub full of books. The mess is not necessarily bad, because it did add a lot of character to place — but I can’t imagine anyone really shopping for books here.

Maybe a postcard?

 

Entrance to the bookshop. Off-focus, opps.
Entrance to the bookshop. Off-focus, opps.

 

Books embedded into the walls
Books embedded into the walls

 

It has access to the canal at the back, offering very nice light. Unfortunately I couldn't recover the highlights as much as I desire.
It has access to the canal at the back, offering very nice light. Unfortunately I couldn’t recover the blown highlights as much as I desire.

 

More books
More books

 

The resident cat is not too happy ;-)
The resident cat is not too happy 😉

 

Should add this to your list, if you’re going to Venice…  🙂

 
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The View from East

This week, we “hiked” east-ward to Kampong Kayu. Like Farrer Park is to Farrer Road, Kampong Kayu is not found anywhere near Jalan Kayu but within the walking distance of the Mountbatten MRT Station (Circle Line).

The residents here appear multi-cultural, and I witnessed them living rather harmoniously and enjoying each others’ company. When I was setting up my tripod, one of them came out to strike a conversation with us. He showed us the photos he took using his Galaxy smart phone – impressive panoramic shot of the view during sunset.

The view is indeed impressive. City skyline in the background with lush greenery and one calm river. I just don’t like the ugly floodlights peeping out of the Marina Bay Golf Course. Just across the river is the new National Stadium due to complete in June 2014. That is less than a month from now. But the roof doesn’t seem to be done yet, so good luck to meeting the due date!!!

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Sunset over the upcoming National Stadium
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Singapore city skyline with Geylang River in the foreground.
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Construction still ongoing at night to complete the National Stadium in time due in June 2014!!!
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Cat on his throne

Hot Sunny Friday

Hot sunny Friday. Love the photos!

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Cat with “lips”�
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Neighbourhood cat
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Sunbathing at the Fullerton Hotel