14 Nov 2012

Bali

On our way home from Aus, we chose to spend 5 nights in Bali.  We dreamed of a beautiful paradise island, white sandy beaches and lovely inviting sea but were a little disappointed!  Having spoken to other people who've been to Bali perhaps we stayed in the wrong part of Bali though...

The little hotel we stayed in was lovely and definitely value for money.  The staff and management were fantactic and we cannot recommend Ellie's Hotel in Nusa Dua enough!!  Its not somewhere you would stay if you're looking for 5 star luxury but if you want somewhere clean, comfortable and friendly it is ideal.  We were made to feel incredibly welcome and couldn't fault it.  Especially after I got food poisoning (not at the hotel I should mention!) - the manager David gave me something to settle my stomach and the staff ordered food in for my husband to eat in the room as we couldn't leave to go out to a restaurant.





On our first night we ate a restaurant on the beach, watching the sunset and being serenaded by a band.  While it was lovely at the time, the food poisoning I got wasn't so great!



Once I got over my food poisoning, we hired a driver for a day and did a tour of the island and on the last day both did a tandem paraglide which we would recommend!  I thought I would chicken out but it was the most amazing experience!!





Bali tourist police, ready at a moments notice!


3 Nov 2012

Adventures Down Under

It was so lovely to catch up with family in Australia!  Some of them we'd seen when they came over to the UK for our wedding last year but most we hadn't seen for 3 or 4 years and a lot had changed since then. Our first stop off was in Sydney where we enjoyed chilling out with the family by the pool and with occasional trips to the beach.  It was so great to have fantastic weather too, we were incredibly lucky!










After our stay in Sydney, we headed up to the Gold Coast to stay for a few days with Mr M's cousin and his family who live on a beautiful mountain. Since we were last there there's been 3 new additions to the family so we loved meeting the youngest members of the family and getting to know them.




It was difficult to leave the mountain but from there we drove up to Brisbane for a few more days of R&R and to celebrate my brother in laws 40th birthday.






1 Nov 2012

Singapore

We're very lucky to have family in Australia and had an amazing time visiting them! We stopped over in Singapore for a few nights en route before continuing our journey to Sydney and Brisbane before eventually heading to Bali on our way home.

Singapore was absolutely amazing!  Such a beautiful and clean city, we will definitely be going back again one day I hope!  We loved the little Hawker centres dotted around the city, delicious food at a reasonable price and the best (cheapest) place to get beer.

First beers in Singapore
On our first full day we went to Sentosa Island

Cable car to Sentosa
Skyline at Sentosa Island
We particularly enjoyed China town


And the views from the Skypark were fantastic!