Hadrian's Arch and Temple of Olympian Zeus

January 2, 2019 Athens, Greece

Happy New Year! Is it really 2019 already?!? Last year went by quickly for me.  A lot of major life changes happened like getting married!! It's been a hectic time for me so this blog took a back seat. I have a lot of back log of post from Greece, Philippines, and Japan.  

Travel has been limited for me last year.  It will always be my passion but it will be lesser priority for now. 

Greece feels like a million years away. I'm trying to recall my memories from this trip. I just remember it being really hot. I had to drink a lot of water to keep hydrated when I was outside sightseeing.

I went to Hadrian's Arch and the Temple of Olympian Zeus late afternoon to avoid the sun. This was before sunset. It was not crowded and I had a lot of time to walk around.
Compared to The Acropolis which was very crowded. I enjoyed this more because I could absorb the site and take pictures without bumping into anyone.
I am amazed on how preserved the columns are after all these years. And I hope it continues this way.

I am hoping to keep the blog going and post a little bit more since I didn't do it for a couple of months.

I want to know your travel plans for this year! And what exciting things/experiences are you looking forward to?

Comment below :)

What I Ate: Sushi at Furarizushi Fushimi

August 3, 2018 Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Our friend Keiko took us to Furarizushi Fushimi for lunch in Nagoya. It was a 10 minute walk from our hotel in Sakae area.

She made reservations which is a really good idea because the restaurant fills up quickly especially on a Sunday.

We were seated on the second floor with our own little booth.
The opposite wall of our booth. Would love one of these big bottles of sake.
Trying to figure out what meal set to order. We had plenty to choose from and most set was under ¥1,500. If you don't want the set meals, you can also order individual items - some bowls cost less than ¥700. 
This is what I ordered. Had to get the sushi set with tempura. It also came with miso soup, a small box of rice with tuna sashimi on top, a little dessert, and custard with crab (which I happily shared). I shared my meal so I didn't eat this massive portion alone. 
I still dream of this sushi platter. It was sooo sooo good. And I love having variety.
A's meal. He got a smaller set so he can eat my food ;) Love a good chirashi bowl.
Keiko and me reunited in Nagoya!
And this is her set. She also got unagi.
The food here was delicious and the price was great too! Highly recommend this place if you are staying in Nagoya. 
The aftermath...We had food coma after eating so we went for a walk.

What I Ate: Unagi Shirakawa - Hitsumabushi

June 5, 2018 2 Chome-7-13 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0008, Japan

Nagoya is famous for hitsumabushi which is grilled eel eaten with rice 3 ways. It took several trips before I finally tried this dish in Nagoya. My friend Keiko recommended going to Shirakawa in Sakae to eat this famous dish. 

A and I went there at 5pm so we can beat the dinner rush. It was located in the basement of a building. When we arrived, there was already a line as the restaurant was still closed. We put our names down on the list and sat down and waited. 

A few minutes later, each one of us were called and we entered the restaurant.

We were given the English menu. We picked our meal and waited for our food to arrive.
Once, the food arrived, we had to follow the strict instructions on how to eat the hitsumabushi.

Zappeion, Athens

May 23, 2018 Athens, Greece

It's a good idea to not look at your phone for directions sometimes because you can end up finding a random street full of flowering plants. Athens has a lot of streets just waiting to be explored. 
Had to take advantage of it by taking a lot of pictures of the flowers and also of myself during "golden hour". 
We ended up walking around the National Garden without even knowing it. And found the Zappeion building in between the gardens. 
I first saw this building on tv while watching "The Amazing Race". I was so surprised that we found it by chance. I was so happy to see it in person.
And I love the columns decorating the entrance of the building. The Zappeion was built for the Olympics Games in 1986 but it is not used as a meetings and ceremonies of the government.
We found more columns inside. How amazing is that?
The circular entrance is lined with columns with an open roof.

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