One week in Bali

3 days at Tulamben

We start our trip by three days of scuber diving for the level 1 at Tulamben. There are several place were you can do your level one and scuber dive. We choose Dive Concepts.

Tulamben 2  Tulamben 3  Tulamben 4

Great place, nice people and rooms are totally fine and clean. You can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the club. Price for diving are affortable and a service is provided if you need private taxi from/to the airport. If I need to go again I would choose it !

The different spot for diving are great (for my little experience of diving it was really good).

Tulamben is a typical village from bali, along the road and poor. All the village is working for the different clubs of diving.

Tulamben 1

2 days in Ubud

On our way to Ubud from Tulamben we stopped at Padangbai.

Padangbai, nice small village, there is a nice place to relax at the blue lagoon were you can also eat nice curry.

Padangbai 2  Padangbai 1

Padangbai 3  Pandangbai 2

Padangbai 4

Then we reach ou hotel in Ubud ( Villa Sarna).

Really nice hotel with nice rooms and a beautiful view on the forest.

The only bad thing is the service provided by the hotel for the price of the room are not great. Issue with the shuttle and to eat lunch or dinner you need to reach the restaurant of the hotel which is not inside the hotel.

Visit of Ubud

Ubud 3

Starting with our visit of the rice field, after the museum of ubud take a right, when you see the road with a way done just before turn right on a small street follow the path “walking path”. After few minutes of walking you’re in a middle of the rice field. Beautiful !

Ubud 4 Ubud 1

Ubud 2

You can stop at few shops of hand made sculpture and painting. We ate at the Organic Restaurant good food and nice view.

We spend the afternoon between massage and shopping and getting lost in the narrow streets and markets.

Ubud 8  Ubud 7

Ubud 6  Ubud 5

We then had a wonderful dinner at The view restaurant

http://www.kupubarongubud.com/restaurant.php

Last day in Bali

Starting with a cooking class booked the day before at the information center of Ubud. Awesome group of 6 people and very good instructor.

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To our way back to the airport we stopped at Sanur, but after-all it wasn’t the best choice we’ve made. Very touristic …

One week over lousiana and texas

Sunday – Dallas Baton-Rouge

We drove for 8 hours to reach our hotel at Baton-Rouge

Monday – Baton Rouge

We spend sunday morning at Atchafalaya Basin. Nice walk around the lake before our swamp tour, one of the greatest river swamps. It was a really good swamp tour, different from the one I did ( 3 days in Louisiana), but interesting also. The boats are bigger but the river also. ~20$

McGhee’s Landing, Inc. http://www.mcgeeslanding.com/home.htm

Mc Glee's landing 1 Mc Glee's landing 2 Mc Glee's landing 3

After our tour we stopped at Baton-Rouge to visit the capital of louisiana.

Stop at the Louisiana State Capitol; you cannot miss it it’s the tallest building 137m. We also stop at the louisiana state museum, really good museum that explain the history of louisiana and the cajun culture. Well explained. ~6$

Baton rouge

Then, we drove around 2 hours to reach News Orleans in the beginning of the evening.

Tuesday – New Orleans

10:00 a.m. – Visit of the Treme quarter.

A really nice quarter just buy walking and losing you in the narrow street with colourful houses.

Treme 1 Treme 2

Treme

10:30-12:30 p.m. – Visit of the French Quarter.

  • Jackson square nice central place of the french quarter with street muscician, souvenir stores and an important statu of andrew jackson.
  • Saint Louis Cathedral which one the first catherale of north america.
  • French Market, nice market with lot of souvenir of new orleans to buy.

French Quarter

12:30-2:00p.m. – Lunch time in the French Quarter at the french market : aligator sausage and smothies.

2:00 p.m. – Visit the Aquarium of the Americas, one of the top five aquariums in the U.S.

~28$

Mississippi river coast Mississippi river coast

4p.m – Coffee break at Café Du Monde for coffee and beignets in the French Market near Jackson Square. Nice ambiance, it’s been from 1862 that they served the famous french doughnuts with sugar on it. Really cheap and traditionally accompagned with coffee. ~3$

6. p.m – night at Bourbon Street. You can enjoy live concert of jazz, blues or other kind of live music. Just walk and enter in any bar you want. You will find something nice !

Wednesday – Plantation

Nottoway Plantation Restaurant & Inn, the largest plantation home in the South. Built in 1859, this Greek Revival and Italianate mansion boasts 53,000 square feet.

Nottoway Plantation Nottoway Plantation

Nottoway Plantation

Thursday – The coast

On our way to Houston we made few stops, we stop at Lake Charles by hoping to find a nice beach but it was not the nice beach you can have in Florida. It’s next to the highway and not clean.

We stop later on at Holly Beach and this was unexpected nice white sand beach ! No clear water because of the floor but nice place to relax. Must go if you want to see some ghost village and have a stop on your way.

Holly Beach Holly Beach

Houston, we reach houston during the afternoon. We stop at down town district. Houston is not a touristic city, you have few museum but nothing amazing to do.

Downtown Houston Downtown Houston

We ate in a nice fish restaurant with the form of a boat. The food was really good and the portion were big.

Friday – Houston

Let’s go Nasa center 1h from Houston and discover the nasa museum. Nice place, well explained but maybe too much for the children. Must do the visit of the real installation of the nasa center. Take around 4 hours to do everything.

We spend the night in Houston in a nice hotel.

Saturday – Houston – Dallas

Drive back home .