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Bali : Eat Pray Love Beach (Padang Padang)

(by : Rosye Beadle)

“..with a very low natural light, A slight drop of water and the smell of moss added to the dramatic cave situation”.

Last year a friend of mine said she wants to ‘buy’ the perfect sun on beach that she can hardly get in the country where she stays. So she and I decided to visit Bali. There is no doubt one of the most attractive spots in Bali are the beaches. I have visited Bali three times and I never missed the beaches. During the holidays the beaches are normally crowded. I have heard from my friend there’s a less crowd beach, it is called Padang Padang beach or Labuan Sait beach. It is located in Pecatu, south Kuta, Bali. A 30-40 minute drive from I Gusti Ngurah Rai international airport.

I didn’t realize Padang Padang beach was one of the Eat Pray Love film location starring Julia Roberts. In that film Julia was searching for peace of life and the meaning of love. Aren’t that sound very positive?

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We were welcomed by solid stairs galore just after Padang Padang gate. a Couple of monkeys were eating on stairs (watch your belongings). It was a good start! Then the staircase went down deeper. Oh, this is an adventure part for me : I had to enter a narrow cave, then even more narrow that only fit to one person with a very low natural light inside. A slight drop of water  and the smell of moss added to the dramatic cave situation. I was quite sure I wasn’t in Scooby doo scene. It was a little bit spooky but (of course) so natural. I questioned myself : “how deep is the cave? Are there more monkeys inside? Are there bats? snakes?”

Good news! There were no snakes or bats inside, only several monkeys hanging around in the trees outside the cave. Though I was expecting a couple of bats 🙂 I really like that crazy cave. It was a quite deep cliff anyway.

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The white-sand beach was quiet atmosphere and crystal clear waters made me relax after a long time to swim and snorkeling here. I saw 5-6 surfers enjoyed the waves. Some part of the beach looks virgin and has very rough rocks that I could walk on carefully. This beach is not too big, also has several outdoor showers, has coconut & snacks sellers.

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Padang Padang was a hidden beach, however it’s getting popular. This beach is different, cheap and a well worth to visit.

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Strolling Around Montmartre Paris

(by Rosye Beadle)

Montmartre, a 130 meters (427 feet) hill, is located in north Paris. It’s one of the historic district. The word Montmartre is translated to mean “mountain of the martyr” and was derived from the martyrdom of Saint Denis – the bishop of Paris. It is the centre of art, which actually during the mid to late 1800s, artists also began calling Montmartre home. Many artists worked and had studio in here, such as Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Renoir and Picasso. So, you can imagine how artistic this place.

Beside the sea of arts, what I like about Montmartre is it has retained much of its character and village-like charm.

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Sacre Coeur Basilica. Photo credit : Matlafous
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Couldn’t skip this art nouveau church. Montmartre Abbey.
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Le Chat Noir restaurant and jazz cafe

This historical restaurant first opened in 1881. When I came to the restaurant, it took about 12 minutes waiting for a table, however the food that I had taste so good. Parfait!

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Espace Dali, Montmartre
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diving into Dali’s mind
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stairs galore in Montmartre

The best way to enjoy Montmartre is by walking, so you won’t miss the interesting spots. You can’t get less exercise to be here. Fun and healthy at the same time 🙂

Will I come back to visit this place? yes

If you have any comments or like to share a little experience about Montmartre, please leave it below. Thank you readers

Have a nice Holiday

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