Dream Destination…


 There is no place like Bali. There is no place like Bali. There is no place like Bali.

Ok…Maybe New Zeeland but that’s another post ;).

I have dreamed of going to Bali for over 20 years so when the day finally arrived I was a bit scared of being disappointed. That I had blown this little island right out of proportion in my head. But, No!

Bali was all I ever fantasized about and more. The only thing that bugged me was that we didn’t have more time. I could have stayed forever…


Our visit started in Sanur which is known to be family friendly because of the reef that stops the waves (and surfers) from crashing in. Sanur is this tranquil place where our hearts could calm down at the beach while every adventure, like speedboat, jet ski, diving, shops and people are just a few streets up, within reach.

We indulged in Young Coconut, fresh fruit, mocktails (non-alcoholic drinks), wonderful food and live music.


For those of you who love culture – food, dance, theatre, wooden carvings, history, medicine men, jungle, volcanos, hiking, rice fields and let’s not forget those scenes from the movie Eat Pray Love, then Ubud is a must. When in Ubud all activities are close by and seemingly everyone wants to help you experience as much as is humanly possible.

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana, a philosophy within Hinduism, which means “Three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being”. Those three ways points to three harmonious relationships between humans and humans, humans and their environment, and humans with The Supreme God. The Monkey Forest in Ubud creates peace and harmony for its visitors as well as conserving its inhabitants, mostly The Long Tailed Monkey, and rare plants.

The Volcano, Mount Batur. You can have lunch overlooking the volcano and its amazing surroundings or you can get up at 2 am in the morning and climb it, with a guide, and reach its peak at sunrise where you can fry an egg on the smoking hot crater for breakfast.

Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring is a temple and funeral complex from the 11th-century. It comprises 10 rock-cut shrines that are carved into the cliff reaching 7 meters high. These funeral monuments are known to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. To get there you have to walk over two hundred stairs down (and then up) but it is well worth the effort.

Tegallalang –The Magical Rice Terraces.

About half an hour north of Ubud you can stand in this ocean of green, lush, sprawling rice terraces and standing there you’d know you wouldn’t want to miss this for the world.

Are you a good at bargaining? Or maybe you need to practise your skills? The best place either way is the Art Market in Ubud.

Just walking up and down the streets is a cultural experience where all your senses will get a taste of Bali.



We made just a quick two-day visit to Canggu which is an up-and-coming resort area by the coast situated between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The sand here is black and the waves draw many happy surfers.

Dreamland Beach

You know those photos you see in magazines of a picture perfect Paradise. Well, that’s Dreamland Beach, Uluwatu, in real life. Our days spent here on the beautiful white beach listening and seeing the azure coloured waves rolling in and out was absolutely heavenly. I could not have asked for more.

Bali was a dream come true. I could go on for at least another 10 pages full of pictures, places, how wonderful the people are and the amazing experiences that we had on Bali. And also how sad it is that plastic is floating up on the beaches really shows how much of an environmental problem it has become.

I think you just have to go there yourself and create your own blissful holiday and make memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

We know ours will.

Thank you,


–Bali October 2017


North Cape, Norway


A unique experience awaited me and my niece when we travelled to North Cape in Norway. Sweden was to the South! This is not an easy place to get to. You fly into Hammerfest from which a network of busses travel between the small communities across the vast frozen peninsula. Not frequently, so make sure of the timetable and if you need to call ahead to let them know you want them to come. We had the nice hard working young woman at our hotel in Repvåg call so the buss to Hammerfest would indeed come and collect us.



They were also kind enough to drive us to their town of Håningsvåg, for a fee which was well worth paying. Despite the March snow we really enjoyed walking around the town. And the people we met – not many – were very friendly.


As we ate at the harbour the ship for Hurtigruten arrived.


We discovered a way of life very different from the modern cities we are used to. On the long rides stared out from the bus windows across snow covered fjords and very occasionally a wooden cottage would appear, most of which had large TV dishes. There were long distances between settlements and few people. But they work hard to make a life for themselves so very far north.


Pleasant travels! C