Walking along these beaches, breathing in the salty air and feeling the sun against my skin feels like a such a distant memory after spending over a week back in a cold and wintery Paris. This beautiful walk, connecting Bronte Beach (or well, that’s where my tired legs decided to start but the walk goes even further) with Bondi Beach is one of the prettiest places I came across while in Sydney and a place I wish I could visit way more often. I loved waking up to this view and sitting on the rocks and watching the sun set over the ocean together with my little sister, who’s now made an indefinite move to this crazy beautiful place. If it wasn’t so far away I think I’d go back every other month or so…
This is what my first couple of days in Sydney looked like through a couple of Instagram photos. I couldn’t stop taking photos of turquoise waters, pretty sunsets, delicious food and pretty beaches – but I guess that’s normal when you see all of this prettiness for the very first time, right?
Our Australian adventure begun with a little trip up to the Central Coast to celebrate Christmas together with Nicole, Luke and their family. This trip included a lot of firsts for me: the first time I celebrated an Australian Christmas, the first time I saw a wild shark in the same ocean I just swam in the previous day (I think my knees are still a bit shaky after that sight), the first time I got to see where Nicole lived, my very first visit to an Australian beer garden and the first time I got to see this beautiful country that I’ve dreamt about visiting for such a long time now. We spent the days on the beach playing around in the water (after about two minutes I decided I need to invest in a waaay tighter bikini due to crazy strong currents and waves), eating delicious food and getting shown different parts of the beautiful coast. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to my trip to Australia.
Guess where we were off to after Bali?! Well, you’ve probably been able to figure that out thanks to Instagram already but I can’t wait to show you more photos from my time on the Central Coast in Australia as well as from my time spent in Sydney.
As soon as we stepped out of the car to explore another beautiful place in Bali called Suluban Beach, the sky opened up and warm summer rain came pouring down. I would normally be absolutely gutted by the sight of rain when planning to visit a beautiful beach but this time I didn’t mind. Perhaps because the rain was just as warm as the air itself or maybe it had something to do with me getting completely mesmerised by this stunning view. Anyhow, despite cloudy skies and a few rain drops while making our way down to the beach we fell in love with this beautiful place, the turquoise waters and impressive nature.
Watching the sun set over Bali with salty hair and sandy skin as the sky turns into pink and purple colours. These serene moments are moments I’ll treasure forever and I hope I’ll be able to take some of this calm with me once I go back to Paris.
I took so many photos in Bali, both with my camera and on my phone. This is the second part of iPhone photos that made it onto Instagram from my time in Bali. I love all the blue, green and turquoise colours from this exotic place.
At first glimpse Seminyak, a little area north of popular Kuta (which I’m glad I didn’t make it to by the way), looks just like any other little town in Bali but after giving it a closer inspection you’ll find shops, restaurants and cafés more likely to be located in Sydney or New York than in between palm trees and massage places in the midst of Bali. Apparently it’s possible to get your flat white fix (and better than most places in Paris) even if your in the middle of the tropics. The Coffee Library and Revolver Espresso both made it impossible to not sit down for a drink. And a bite. The avocado toast at Revolver Espresso was better than any I’ve tasted in Paris and the juice served at The Coffee Library came fresh in a big pitcher – what more is there to say? I also got my very first swan made for me in the form of latte art and I think that’s when my heart completely melted. I wish I could go back to these places on a daily basis.
Even though it’s supposed to be some sort of rain period in Bali during this time we’ve managed to get some fantastic weather for our trip. It’s so warm and humid that the only thing I’ve been able to wear are tiny sundresses, shorts and bikinis (something that makes me extremely excited since I haven’t felt sun on my skin in a really long time). This little number makes me blend in with the palm trees.
You know those places you dream about visiting but never really know for sure that you’ll get to see one day? Before this trip, Bali was one of those places for me. I’ve heard about this magical little place so many times and have had both friends and relatives rave about it, so I was more than excited once my sister and I finally booked our tickets to this paradise quite impulsively this autumn. Being away from each other and having her in New York for almost half a year and myself in Paris for quite sometime now, we haven’t really seen much of one another so doing this together has meant a lot to me. She had been to Bali before while this was the very first time for me – and I can easily say that I was far from being disappointed. As Instagram has revealed, I think I really fell in love with this little place.
While in Bali we stayed at the beautiful The Mulia hotel in a very calm and serene area, also known as Nusa Dua, which I highly recommend for anyone thinking about visiting this part of the world. We spent most of our time on the beach, playing around in the crystal clear water (yes, it was so clear you could even see that I needed a pedicure) or reading under the umbrella. It’s easy to forget how harsh the sun is over here when you’ve been used to Parisian sunrays for a little bit too long and therefore I felt that it was safer to hide out in the shade (I can feel how the 15-year-old me rolls her eyes at me now) with my new favourite book.
We felt like little princesses when we fell asleep in a bed made from something that felt more like fluffy clouds than normal sheets and pampered ourselves with days without any obligations and lots of pineapple juice from the pool bar. The people were some of the kindest I’ve ever encountered, the food delicious and the nature mesmerising. I’m already plotting on how to get back to this heaven soon again…
Photos of me: Sara Olsson.