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3 days through Ijen & Bromo

We started our long weekend by taking the plane from Singapore to Surabay airport on Friday morning. To do the whole tour we used : tommy, recommended on Singafrog and also by us now ! It was well organized and the driver was really nice.

Day 1 Surabaya – Banyuwangi

The driver picked us up at Juanda international airport, Surabaya. We drove to water falls near by Bromo area. From the outside we through it was small water falls with no interest, but then you walk inside the water fall and look backward and then it is just beautiful ! Get ready you will be totally wet !

Back to the car and we drove to Banyuwangi and stay the night in an hotel there. Hotel : Hotel Palm

Total distance by car : 275 km, approximately 7h of drive

Day 2 Ijen blue fire tour – Cemorolawang

Early morning wake up : midnight !! We took a jeep tour to Paltuding village, in the slope of Kawah Ijen. We walked to the summit and crater of Kawah Ijen for about 1.5h.
Total distance on foot : 6 km Total elevation gain : 900m

As we reach the crater, we saw the blue flame, a burned sulphric gas that make beautiful contrast at night. It is quite impressiv however i through they were not that big !

By the sunrise, we climbed back up to the summit to see the beautiful panorama of Kawah Ijen and its beautiful sulphuric acid lake (which is one of world’s biggest). Beautiful ! Really no word to explain how nice the scenary was.

We get back to the hotel to take breakfast and shower, then we drove to Cemorolawang and stay in a hotel .

Total distance by car : 40 km, app 3 hours + 230 km, approximately 6h.

Accommodation : Lava View Hotel

Day 3 Bromo sunrise tour – transfer to the airport

We started at 03.30am from the hotel by jeep to see the sunrise in Penanjakan (it takes approximately 1 hour drive). The waiting time (around 1h30) was definitely worth it !! Bring some warm cloth and gloves.

After seeing sunrise we climbed Mt. Bromo, a volcano inside an ancient volcano. The walk is super easy (maybe only 25 min walk). The hard part is the breathing, because of all the dust and the horses walking next by you, it is quite difficult to breath. Bring mask !! That will prevent you to be asphyxiated.

Back to our hotel, we had breakfast and clean up. We left the hotel at 10 am/11 am in the morning to Juanda airport. It took approximately 3 to 4 hours, depending on the traffic.

3 days in Chicago

Day 1 – Travel and The loop

Woke up early to take our flight from Dallas to Chicago, we arrived around 8am in Chicago. We took the subway to downtown and meet a friend. We started our visit with the Millenium park and Grant Park with the Bean.

The bean
The bean

We went then to rent bikes near Monore harbour. We biked to the Navy Pier and had lunch then.

View from the shore
View from the shore

We biked up north to Lincoln Park Zoo and enjoyed the Michigan Lake. Lincoln Park Zoo is a really nice small zoo, one of the oldest in the country.

Lincoln Park Zoo
Lincoln Park Zoo

We biked back to the hotel Hyatt and had a dinner and drink near our hotel.

Downtown Chicago
Downtown Chicago

Day 2 – Near North and North Side

We started our day by a long walk around downtown to enjoy as much as we could the heart of Chicago. You definitely need to lose yourself in those streets.

Chicago
Heart of Chicago

Chicago Downtown
Chicago Downtown

Then we had a wonderful lunch with the specialty of Chicago deep dish pizza at pizzeria uno near magnificent mile. Then we did the famous magnificent mile.

Pizzeria Due
Pizzeria Due

Chicago Water Works Pumping station
Chicago Water Works Pumping station

Ending our day with a wonderful sunset on one of the highest tower the John Hancock Center. Tips, better than the willis tower because you dont need to pay entrance, you need to have a drink instead but believe me it’s worth it.

View from the tower
View from the tower

To end our day we went enjoying some live music in one of the many bars on Hubbard St. Good streets to go out !

Day 3 – Far south

To finish our wonderful long weekend, we walk a bit alongside the canals near the Trump Tower. We then took the subway to Chicago University up South. Amazing campus, beautiful buildings a must to do to enjoy more about the student life.

Chicago University
Chicago University

Chicago University
Chicago University

On the shores of Jinji Lake

20th may 2013: Sunday walking around Jinji Lake

On this beautiful Sunday we went for a walk on the shores of Jinji Lake. This is a large lake, with very well fitted borders for walking. Here are some pictures.

In the evening we did not resist eating out in a restaurant, just to see some of the typical Asiatic food. So we went in the restaurants street along the lake. We ate very well, fish soup, spring rolls and dumplings.

Total cost: All for 136 Yuan (about 14 €).

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