Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bali Day 5

Today was one of my favorite days.  We left Nusa Dua and this fabulous resort for Ubud.

We drove about an 1 1/2 hours north through rice fields and greenery.  On our way we stopped to have Acai bowls at this fun place.
We then headed one of the most famous temples in Bali, Pura Tana Lot Temple.  Did you know there are more than 10,000 temples on Bali probably more because people have them in their homes.  This is probably the most beautiful thing I've seen in Bali.  Pictures never do things like this justice, but I'll try.  It was super hot and humid.  We were totally sweating, so let's not judge the hair folks.
By the time we got to our hotel it was about starting to rain.  This place is totally different than Nusa Dua.  It's like we are in the middle of the jungle, even though we are totally in the middle of rice patties. Even our hotel looks and feels better.  It is gorgeous in a different way and huge.
We did venture out into the rain and found an Indian restaurant that was actually really good.  My tummy wasn't super happy about it, but it was delicious.  We also found an amazing french bakery...

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bali Day's 2 and 3

Day 2 and 3 in Bali were most relaxing!  They started off with a sunrise and a delicious breakfast.  I enjoyed chocolate milk and my favorite vacation pastry; a chocolate filled crousant with Nutella.  I did have something healthy; fruit and yogurt.  I did try out the noodles and they were good, but dinner food for breakfast isn't really my thing.
Most of our days have been spent relaxing by the pool.  It is incredible here.  The view of the ocean from the pool is fabulous.  One day we did water aerobics Bali style, which was really fun.  I really don't know the last time I was so relaxed as I have been here.  This resort is so beautiful and everyone is so friendly!
We walked around town and bought a few island dresses, because it's just way too hot to wear anything else.  People carry everything on scooters including way too many people.  They also carry things on their heads. 
We have had some amazing food here and every day we have had happy hour drinks.  My favorite dinner was this place pictured below.  Can't remember the name, but it was fun and delicious.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bali Day 1

Early this morning we set out for the airport in Melbourne...destination Bali! 

This kangaroo was waiting to say goodbye to use this morning.
We facetimed some of the kids while waiting at the airport.  Our 6 hour flight was super nice.  They fed us rather good food and gave us a delicious mango ice cream bar.  That was a first for me on an airplane. 
Confession:  I have never watched Gone With The Wind, even though my entire life people have referred to it when I tell them my name.  Well, I figured I had plenty of time to watch it so I did.  It definitely made the time go by faster.  It's crazy that we flew clear across Australia and then ocean to get to our destination.  The airport is right off of the ocean.

Going through customs was pretty easy and Layne had ordered our transportation for us ahead of time.  It was pretty easy and quick.  The airport grounds are something else.  Absolutely gorgeous with elaborate sculptures and beautiful greenery. 
The first place we are staying is a Holiday Inn Resort on the beach in Nusa Dua.  It is gorgeous with a pool that starts from just past the entrance of the hotel to the beach.  I've never seen anything like it.  It's absolutely gorgeous. 

We got there in time for happy hour.  We enjoyed some delicious drinks on the beach.  The thing I like about their drinks is that they aren't super sweet like in the US. 
Our room is very nice.  But it only has a king bed which means we are all going to cuddle (not really)!  The shower is kind of see through, which isn't so cool when your dad is showering which means, either head down or go swim. 

We spent a little time in the pool today before having a sunset dinner at the hotel.  It is hot and humid, but there is a lovely breeze that feels good. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Australia Day 5

Today we went to the city of Melbourne where we shopped in the markets.  I loved the markets, especially the indoor ones. 
We also enjoyed the architecture of this great city.  I love how they build modern buildings over Victorean ones. 

We did a little touring of downtown Melbourne before venturing back to the military base.  I loved the Dr. Seuss Gallery.
For dinner we visited a sweet pizza place where we met some of Layne and Pam's friends from church.  It was a fun evening for sure.