Winter break…

IMG_3397Our plans took a standstill upon the arrival of Bun in the oven.  But our holidays continued.. I think we pretty much defied the ‘rules’ when we took a long trip to NYC during the first trimester.  I had wanted to cancel the trip but the gynae gave is go-ahead, plus if we took precautions and didn’t do anything too silly, we should be ok.  Then we went to Japan for the New Year and now St. Anton for the ski season, except I will not be doing any extreme sports and stuck in the Chalet while the entire group is out to hit the slopes. 😦

Before arrival into St. Anton, we did stop-over at Munich.  Here are some shots from the holiday:

IMG_3368First time on board the Dreamliner on Qatar made for a pretty good experience.  Seriously impressed!

IMG_3372Since I won’t be out on the slopes, decided to make the most of my time to try and catch up on reading.  Something I haven’t done in a while.  Hope to at least finish most of these before the trip is over.  Well, simply because I read really slowly.. yikes!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetPicked up this really cute doggy bag charm while shopping for it reminded me of Sparky!  🙂

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetAnd lastly, what’s a holiday without food?  I skipped on the German beer but the pork knuckle and veal schnitzel?  I didn’t skip that!  Everything in moderation of course, for the cuisine is pretty rich and I do miss my veggies!  😦

Holiday Snapshots :: Palermo

We spent the last two days in Palermo – the capital of Sicily. Here’s what we did during our short visit to this city which I thought the old co-existed along with bits of the new.

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After settling into our hotel, we explored the city on foot and stopped by at the Teatro Massimo for some touristy shots.

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Day two of our visit saw us checking out these attractions:

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The Piazza Pretoria with its captivating fountains and gleaming white marbled statues.

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Visited the Capuchin Catacombes of Palermo, they are namely burial catacombs where mummified bodies lined narrow passageways. Sounds kinda creepy? It really was but an eye-opening experience.

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Photos are strictly prohibited so nothing to share on what I saw inside but I did put on a skull-inspired tee for this trip.

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Also headed up to Monreale to visit the famed church where golden mosaic tiles adorned the interior of this abbey.

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Last but not the least, we feasted on local delights such as the canoli – a Sicilian delight of puff pastry filled with Ricotta cheese. Sounds absolutely sinful but yummy too with every bite.

And with that, we left our friends and are now headed to Part Deux of our holiday where more merry-making with the Man’s friends continue.

Holiday Snapshots: Taormina

Spent the last 2 days in the beautiful sea-side town of Taormina which is a small town situated along the east coast of Italy.

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The drive from Catania to Taormina was rather treacherous. The tiny and winding roads definitely tested the Man’s driving skills while I just sat behind shutting my eyes and praying that we don’t do too much damage to our rented car.

But when we arrived into this bustling tourist town, we were greeted by this amazing view!
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The town is pretty compact with a couple of key attractions that we covered within the next day.

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One of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily is the Teatro Greco famed for its remarkable preservation and beautiful location.
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One can only imagine how grand and magnificent this theatre must have been before it was ruined.

Next, we took a boat ride out to visit the famed blue caves.
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I’ll let the rest of the pictures do the talking for it was simply breath-taking!
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Looking at the clear blue waters made us almost wished we brought our diving gear so that we could check out what lies beneath those azure blue sea. But we didn’t of course.

And now we are on to our final leg of our Sicily trip for the next 2 days in Palermo. It does look pretty interesting and I can’t wait to share with you all. So stay tuned! 😉

Holiday snapshots:: Up Mount Etna

Friends joined us day 2 of our holiday and we took a little side-trip to visit Mount Etna.

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Still an active volcano, Mount Etna lies along the east coast of Sicily and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

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Unfortunately when we took the cable car up there, it was too cloudy so we couldn’t really get a good shot of the mountain.

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See what I mean?

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Photos that we took near the crater were much better. 🙂