11 years ago by

Here’s two or three things I did this week…

I got back from Las Vegas.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Vegas, but it’s the craziest city I’ve ever visited. You have to go at least once to see the faux Eiffel Tower (photo) and the faux Pyramids and the faux New York and the faux Venice.

Oh, and to see Cirque du Soleil. But I’ll talk to you about that in more detail later on.

A little less fun though are the hoards of wandering tourists spending their days in the low-light of the mall-casinos. Ouch.

I took pictures in an awesome apartment.

Monica and Sean’s place (photo) have a huge loft where they live and work at their brand Sea… I’ll show you everything next week.

I realized that I love fruit.

Actually, fruit is my favorite thing (Ok, up there with chocolate).
I realized it while on a shoot a few weeks ago where the catering was chuck-full of delicious fruits. Soooo good.
That’s why, when I got back to New York, I had to feed this new found fruit craving and decided to go to the farmer’s market to get some gooood stuff and there, pffffff…

They only had apples! And three strawberries that seemed like they’d been through a war with one another. I mean… Isn’t it primo season for a lot of fruits?

I’m so lost in NYC sometimes.

I had a Spa day.

Honestly, when it comes down to it, I’d rather get myself a massage than a pair of shoes. I love, love, love massages. It makes me love life again when I’m just beat from traveling.

I took a photo from the pool deck (yeah, they have massage chairs IN the pool!!!)(and you can go totally nude in the pool)(only open to women, or else I wouldn’t have gone for it)(a little weird, but totally awesome at the same time) at the Spa in the Mandarin Oriental in Vegas (where I was staying), and it was one of the best spas I’ve ever been to.

I decided to go to Bali.

I mean, Scott and I decided to go together. I’ve dreamed about Bali for ever. We hope to go this summer so if you’ve been before and have places you think we should go, give me your recommendations!!!

In the meantime, a super cool Balinese restaurant opened in Brooklyn called the Selamat Pagi (photo)(I guess I’ll find out what that means later) and I’m going to go check it asap to see what balinese food is all about.

I decided to never leave home without my own tea.

Give me a good tea and I feel right at home no matter where in the world I am. Everything feels better and life makes more sense.
Give me a bad tea (like the yellow Lipton… I mean, WHO came up with this thing?!) and I want to cry.
I finally figured out a solution. Now, all I need is a little bit of hot water for everything in life to make more sense again. I always have some good tea in my bag.
Yeah, totally a grandma thing, but grandmas know everything!!

I never leave home with my moisturizer.

See above, replace “tea” with “moisturizer”.

And finally, BMOTW (Best Moment Of the Week !!!), THESE GIRLS.

Monday, I was invited to a party that Glamour put together called These Girls.
I didn’t know what it was at first. I mean, Alexa Chung was going to give a little talk, as well as Emma Roberts, Amy Poelher and Zosia Mamet. I thought they’d be telling little stories from their lives but I honestly didn’t know what to expect.

Omg it was so great. It was actually full-on stand up comedy, and I LOVE stand-up comedy !!!

Not only did it confirm all I thought about Alexa Chung (not only is she super stylish but she is just as intelligent, hilarious, and deep. She told a story of her heartbreak and did so with such radiance and humor, it was perfect).

I loved Zosia Mamet too. She’s the actress on Girls that everyone loves and is a pro when it comes to stand-up. Lucy Punch had me cracking up so hard too.

More than anything though, I discovered the brilliant lunacy of Amy Schumer who was so crazy funny (and gross) that I just have to step aside and show you some of her videos. I think she’s gonna get big.

Oh, and I should add that I was seated next to Meg Ryan and oh, she was totally the cutest.

See all these women telling intimate stories from their lives and with such humility, humor, and generosity made me love being a woman. Bravo Glamour.

And with that, I’ll let you go!! Scott finally got back from Barcelona and has a million stories for me.

Wait, nevermind. He fell asleep.

Oh who cares?! I’m gonna wake him up! Big hugs!!!

(Pfff, I thought I would do one little sentence for each photo and put together a punchy short little post but I suffer from a severe and irrevocable logorrhea. Look it up!).

PS: I printed out my Instagram photos using Printic. It’s so cute to see your photos finally jump out of your phone screen and be able to hold them in your hand.


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  • This Glamour party sounds fun and Bali is such a great idea I’d love to go. I never ever leave my home without my own tea. The last time I did I had to drink this lipton nonsense I was not happy.


  • I can’t wait to see your pictures from Vegas!!
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  • you have a rollercoaster life :)

  • Victoria May, 24 2013, 9:19 / Reply

    Si tu vas à Bali tu dois absolument passer par les 3 Gili Island, c’est le paradis sur terre!

  • Je confirme , je n’y suis pourtant pas allée lors de mon séjour , tous m’ont tellement parlé de ces îles et de ce que j’avais loupé en n’y allant pas. Un regret mais surtout c’est encore préservé ce qui est beaucoup moins le cas de l’ile de BALI
    Evite Kuta, trop de monde , de bruit, hôtels construits anarchiquement…

  • moi aussi j’ai toujours des mousselines de thé “mariage frères ” dans mon sac .

  • what a fantastic week!!!! xoxo (love alex chung!!)

  • Oooo, bali! We stayed at Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay but honestly, there are plenty of gorgeous places to stay, you can’t go wrong. Definitely eat at the “fish restaurants” they bring on to the beach at Jimbaran Bay – easily one of the cheapest meals but probably one of the best in all of Bali. Grilled seafood, spices, and beer, perfect.

    For sure Uluwatu but my favorite was Tanah Lot. After you see the tide go in and out, grab a perch at one of the local restaurants that looks out over the tide area for satay and Beer (I realized I’ve mentioned beer twice now and I don’t even like beer, but it seemed to go well in these two places).

    And an absolute must is the Four Seasons Sayan in Ubud – architecturally, one of the most interesting hotels I’ve stayed at. The villas are gorgeous, restaurant tasting dinner very good. They can organize hikes into rice paddies and to surrounding artists – amazing photos to be had. Their spa is also first rate.


  • nouchka May, 24 2013, 9:34 / Reply

    Selamat Pagi , ça veut simplement dire Bonjour !
    Pour Bali, je te conseille les Gili Island pour la plage, et du temps à Ubud, ou le bouddhisme est partout, et ou la zenitude ne peut que s’emparer de toi !

  • Bali sounds like so much fun! Oh, and I’m so glad I worked from home today – that video made me laugh so hard!

  • Yolanda May, 24 2013, 9:44 / Reply

    I was in Bali 11 years ago, in Begawan Giri hotel in Ubud…. heaven!. You should go, at least one night to experience the world famous “asian luxury”

  • SELAMAT PAGI means good morning in english and it is the very basic words we learn in elementary school along with hello and have a nice day.

    Hope we can (accidentally) meet each other in Bali,
    gimme good style

  • Ha Bali, mon premier grand voyage en amoureux ! Pour les hotels je ne sais pas, mais ne manque pas le village d’Ubud dans un cadre magnifique au centre de l’île au milieu des rizières. Beaucoup de galleries, de café jazzy (pas mal d’expat aussi…). Et puis ne manque pas la visites de quelques temples.
    Les îles Gili aussi incoutournables pour la plage (tu peux faire le tour en vélo!).
    Comme je te comprend pour le thé ! Il y a quelques joursj’étais au Maroc, dans un ecolodge ou on nous servait des tisanes maison à base de plein d’herbes différentes (ça changeait du thé menthe). Mais un matin je ne sais pas ce qui leur a pris, ils m’ont servi du Lipton jaune… la tronche que j’ai tiré… Je n’ai pas encore trouvé mon bonheur en sachet, je me vois mal me promener avec ma boite à thé :-)

  • Stéphanie May, 24 2013, 10:20 / Reply

    Le sachet de thé : la révélation du siècle!!!

    Et aussi, ma meilleure amie déménage à NY dans deux semaines. À ma prochaine visite, je vais suggérer le resto balinais! Merci bcp… :)

  • Ohhh Bali ! ‘My’ little paradise ;)

    -The restaurant- beach club Potato Head is a place you can’t miss.
    -To stay, I would definitely recommend Seminyak area.
    -And the nicer shop for leather items is 2ndskinonline in Pettintenget . If you meet the australian owner Tynuska, let her know I recommended it, so maybe she will get you a discount.

    And now…just run and grab the Lonely Planet ! haha


  • melodynelson May, 24 2013, 10:35 / Reply

    Bonjour Garance,

    Alors Selamat pagi veut dire : bonjour (matin) !

    Et pour Bali, si tu passes par Sanur (qui sait ? :-), vu que tu es fan de massages, je te conseille d’aller voir Nyoman…
    (Pour la petite histoire, ils s’appelle tous Nyoman. Non en fait, il y a 4 prénoms à Bali. Le 1er enfant porte celui de Wayan (= l’ainé), le 2ème celui de Made (=moyen), le 3ème Nyoman (=le petit, le dernier) et d’après ce que j’ai compris, vu que les balinais n’arrivaient pas à s’arrêter à 3 enfants, un 4ème s’est ajouté Ketut (= la fin)…Et si un 5ème enfant arrive, on recommence du début !)

    Bref, Nyoman a des doigts de fée, le meilleur massage de ma vie et surtout le meilleur reçu à Bali vraiment !! Je ne ressentais plus rien en sortant de ce massage, plus un muscle, plus un nerf, impréssionant !
    C’est dans un petit salon de massage tout simple, qui ne paie pas de mine (est-ce qu’il ne fait pas salon de coiffure aussi ? :-), les tables sont juste séparées par des rideaux…mais les massages à Nyoman…AU SECOURS !!!

    Par contre, je me rends compte que je n’ai pas sa carte sur moi, je reviendrai à toi avec son adresse !

  • Proofreading police here. Don’t you mean you’ll never leave home WITHOUT your own tea? I homed right in on that because I always bring my own tea when I travel. Who needs that Lipton crap.

  • Catherine May, 24 2013, 10:43 / Reply

    Sympa de lire le résumé de tes aventures, comme toujours, tu nous fais voyager quand on est coincées au bureau. Merci Garance!
    Sinon, Amy Schumer a un show, “Inside Amy Schumer”, presque mieux que son stand up!

  • Bali is a greeeeaaaaaat idea!! I’m from indonesia and i’ve always excited about Bali. Ubud is a must. Gives you a different kind of bali not just beaches but also serene and lush rice fields. Go to Uluwatu for the beautiful cliff and the Kecak dance (the mystical ritual-like atmosphere of the dance will make you hold your breath). You’ll be amazed by how art is an integral part of the Balinese people daily religious life. I hope you’ll bump into a traditional religious procession there. It’s a sight to behold and the women dress in the beautiful traditional kebaya. The Gilis are actually located in Lombok, a different island but will not disappoint you. Gili trawangan is sublime! You should really go there!!! They are not as crowded and touristy like most Bali beaches. But the most important thing is once you’ve arrived in Bali you have to go to a spa asap. It’s soooooo heavenly good you’ll crave for it again and again and again! :D

  • Love the Instagram printing app! Thanks for the heads up :)

  • How was cirque? Hope you loved it! Good call on avoiding the casinos. I know you have a funny Vegas story waiting to be told… :)

    That spa sounds divine and Bali sounds amazing.

  • Tu me donnes envie avec ton resto balinais! Je vais aller voir ca direct aussi!
    (et bonne idée le sachet de thé!!!)

  • asianfreak May, 24 2013, 11:07 / Reply

    Bali, un de mes plus beau voyages en Asie.
    J’ai évité la période juillet -Août et j’y suis allé en septembre, moins de monde, on en a bien profité.

    Sinon, Ubud est incroyable, bien que hyper touristique.
    Je te conseille de faire un stage de yoga là bas, c’est le seul lieux où se lever à 5h00 du mat’ pour aller faire du yoga me paraissait la chose la plus naturelle et la plus géniale au monde. Ubud regorge d’une multitude de centres de yoga.
    Nous n’avions pas fait les Gili Islands mais nous avons passé du temps à Nusa Lembogan et Nusa Penida (au large de Sanur), c’est là que nous avons vu les personnes les plus sympathiques et les plus joyeuses de notre séjour. Nous y avons vu une crémation, été invité à des fêtes….

    Rien que de repenser à tout ces beaux souvenirs, ça me donne envie d’y retourner…

    Sinon évite Kuta, ça ne sert à rien, sauf à surfer (pas mal pour les débutants, le reste de l’ile est plutôt pour des surfers avertis).

    Sinon pour le spa, nager nue c’est un peu éconcertant au départ (surtout quand tu n’es pas seule sur une plage déserte mais dans une piscine avec d’autres personnes), mais c’est sympa, je me rappelle des termes vraiment cools à Budapest.


  • Bonjour !

    Je suis allée à Bali il y a deux ans, c’est absolument génial ! C’est vraiment magnifique, les gens sont adorables, tout est calme, reposant ! Ce qui est bien également c’est qu’il y a un peu de tout: surf dans le sud, magnifiques poissons (à 5m du bord, c’est l’aquarium, impressionnant !) à Amed, petite ville à Ubud, rizière (je ne sais plus le nom de l’endroit où nous sommes allés pour ça, mais de jolies promenades sont à faire !). Nous somme aussi allés à Lombok (Kuta) et dans l’une de ces merveilleuses petites îles Gili (à faire, c’est magique !).

    J’y suis allée un mois, c’était parfait, bien que la France m’ai manqué à la fin :)

    Vous allez avoir droit à de merveilleux massages (j’y suis allée à Ubud), vous mangerez très copieusement pour rien du tout, vous allez voir de superbes paysages, rencontrer des personnes formidables (surtout si vous dormez chez l’habitant !) !

    J’ai hâte que tu racontes tout ça, et que tu postes quelques photos, pour me replonger dans les merveilleux souvenirs que j’ai gardé des ces superbes îles !

    Si tu as des questions, n’hésites pas, j’ai fait un rapport détaillé de tout ce que nous avons fait tous les jours :p



  • Aurèle May, 24 2013, 11:19 / Reply

    ah Bali, l’île des dieux! malheureusement, gros désastre écologique, avec trop de touristes et constructions (trop de piscines, de déchets), l’eau y devient un réel souci, privilégier pour un voyage luxe des beaux écolodges aux grands complexes luxueux mais qui pompent énormément d’eau douce….Eviter le sud pour découvrir le centre et l’est de Bali, se perdre en moto (en étant prudent) dans les petites routes de montagne, à la découverte de temples nichés dans le flanc des montagnes… sentir les épices séchant sur le bord de la route, assister à une cérémonie funéraire….
    Bali est victime de son succès, il faut la découvrir par des petits sentiers détournés, et si l’envie de découvrir la vraie indonésie est là : filer jusqu’au Kawa Ijen ou au Bromo à Java, ou découvrir les belles Sulawesi et son peuple Toraja, ou plus facile: aller à Lombok et ses belles plages du sud encore sauvages (mais pour combien de temps…) Bref l’Indonésie est un magnifique pays à d’innombrables facettes!

  • Super sympa cet article !

    Vegas semble dingue, juste pour la démesure et les mini villes reproduites, j’adorerai y aller un jour. Je te rejoins sur la folie fruits, j’en raffole :) Et j’ai hâte d’en voir plus sur ce que tu nous prévois la semaine prochaine !


  • Katherine May, 24 2013, 11:37 / Reply

    I don’t usually comment (even though you are my first stop every morning and a vital part of my day), but when you mentioned Bali, I had to share. I stayed at Como Shambhala ( near Ubud for a whole 8 days all by myself two years ago, and it was one of the most special, most luxurious, most important experiences of my life. I loved it so much that I’ve made it a life goal to go back for a week in a year’s time. I’m saving a little each month, and booking off the time now to ensure I actually do it. Wherever you end up staying, I can’t wait to see the posts! xo

  • Mais tes logorrhées c’est ce qu’on préfère Garance !! Et pourquoi ils ne t’ont pas invité à parler de toi à cette soirée Glamour ?:-) Sinon, moi aussi j’ai testé en Italie le spa avec transat massant, c’est trop bien ! Et Vegas est pour moi la ville de la vacuité humaine par excellence (comme tu le dis, “tout ces gens hagards qui jouent toute la journée aux machines à sous”, c’est déprimant !), après le côté spectacles et paillettes, pourquoi pas (pris au 10e degré).

  • Garance, je t’adore …. ! Vraiment, c’est un plaisir de te lire tous les jours.

  • Fruits et chocolat…… Je peux faire une soirée confidences rien qu’avec ça (et du vin rouge… ça aide…. pour les confidences!!

  • Bali :
    le Potato Head, incontournable avec son resto, sa plage, son bar dans l’eau. Demander un matelas (on y mange, on y fait une petite sieste).

    Bodyworks pour les massage du corps : demande une salle à 2. Mourance…
    Sur sunset road : Cozy. Prendre massage cozy cozy avec 2 masseurs. Un pour les pieds l’autre pour la tete.

    Geger : Sable blanc et eau transparente.
    Jimbaran : C’est là qu’il y a les pallotes fruit de mer à tomber, juste pêché devant vous, so romantic (et healthy).
    Aller à Menega : Demandez chaises longues pour vous relaxer apres avoir mangé. Mer calme moins belle que Geger mais où l’on peut se baigner sans souci.
    Plage de l’hotel The Legian a Seminiak. Mer forte. Manger a terasse de l’hôtel apres la baignade.
    Je vous conseille d’éviter KUTA le coin des américains (désolée pour les personnes concernées ;) et australiens, ultra bruyant et bondé …)

    a voir.
    Ubud = rizières, massages, monkey forest (mettre un chapeau, les singes lancent parfois des pierres, ne JAMAIS les nourrir, sinon ils vous collent et deviennent agressifs… + Mont Batur et Lac Batur supers endroits
    Les iles Gilis si vous avez un peu de temps avec Gili Trawangan la plus grande ile parfaite pour se baigner plonger etc…

    Voilà, tout cela sont les adresses d’une habituée …

  • I cant wait to see your Vegas pics either!! i live here and am always interested in the public perception of my city.. I suggested a few shops on your Instagram photo of New York New York, did you get to see any of the local shops like fruitionLV or Coterie? Btw, love your blog.. its a constant source of entertainment and inspiration.. J’aime trop! <3

  • Séverine May, 24 2013, 12:18 / Reply

    Ah, j’oubliais, prendre un chauffeur pour tout faire sur place : trajets comme pour les réservations des restos, des salons de massages… il parle balinais, c’est plus simple… Les balinais sont très heureux de vous aider”, c’est un véritable art de vivre. Ils sont heureux si vous êtes heureux. Mon chauffeur à Seminiak s’appelle Ketut (cela ne s’invente pas), c’est un balinais pur souche. Je donne ces coordonnées si besoin. C’est quelqu’un de confiance. Un homme EXTRAORDINAIRE. Séverine

  • These Girls event sounds amazing! It’s inspiring to hear other women’s experiences. xx

  • Ah Bali j’y suis allée il y a 2 ans et j’en garde un souvenir mémorable ! Si tu cherches un endroit où déconnecter de la ville, je te conseille le Bali Eco Stay ( (mais il y a le wi-fi quand même hein), tu peux y apprendre à semer du riz, le personnel est charmant et puis le coin est tellement beau, perdu au milieu des rizières, magnifique !
    (et puis prendre sa douche face au rizières et se coucher et admirer les lucioles, c’est vraiment chouette).

  • Selamat Pagi means Good Morning. Balinese food is my favorite! It’s so exotic and deeeeelish!
    When you visit Bali, also visit Ubud. My grandparents are living there. I love Bali so much. Such a magical island.
    Warung Italia has the best Ravioli al pesto! Myyy gosh you make me wanna go home to the island and eat that delicious Balinese food…
    xoxo Maria

  • Ça fait 1h que j’éclate de rire devant les vidéos de Amy Schumer !
    Merci merci merci, made my day !

  • Selamat Pagi in Bahasa Malay simply means Good Morning, Malaysia and indonesia shared the same language roots.

  • D’accord avec toi pour le lipton jaune, il est criminel!

  • Bonne idée pour le sachet de thé! J’adore le thé, mais maintenant que je suis habituée au bon thé, j’ai du mal avec les autres.
    Et cette soirée organisée par Glamour a dû être super!

  • chantal May, 24 2013, 1:24 / Reply

    si tu aimes le thé voici une super adresse pour toi. ce sont des gars charmants de montréal qui importent du thé et qui ont un salon de thé. Ils voyagent eux même pour rencontrer les producteurs. livraisons gratuite au canada et usa….personnellement j’adore leur selection de thé japonais. je suis toujours surprise comme c’est difficile de trouver du bon thé (même a new york, je ne trouve pas de bon salon de thé!)

  • Dewi Supratno May, 24 2013, 1:42 / Reply

    If you happen to go to Bali you should try “Nasi Pedes Ibu Andhika (Mrs Andhika Spicy Rice; it’s open 24/7) and “Nasi Ayam Kadhewatan (“Kadhewatan Chicken Rice). It’s not a fancy place but the food is great. But if you like to go to a fancy place, you could try “Metis” and “Warisan”. For lodgings, I suggest you stay at the Seminyak area for great hotels and villas near the beaches (and also great crowds too) or you could stay in the Nusa Dua area (5 star chain hotels with private beaches). Or if you like some peace and quite, you could always go to Ubud area (beautiful place with lots of paddy fields surrounding the area). You could also stay at the Legian or Kuta area if you’re accustomed with clubs and bars, as they have a lot of bars and clubs that usually opens until 2-4 AM in the morning. But I suggest you go to “Mantra” (it’s a small and currently happening bar in the Seminyak area) and Motel Mexicola (a bar with a Mexican concept and a very cool place to hang out). For beaches, you could always go beach as there are many beaches to explore (I suggest you hire locals to guide you to many small and secret beaches). And if you’re staying long enough, you should try Gili Trawangan (an hour trip from Bali with a boat), it’s a small island with beautiful beaches and calmer place than Bali. Just check out . Dont hesitate to ask the locals, they’re such nice people.

  • J’aime ces posts Garance, c’est un peu comme si tu étais une pote et que tu donnais de tes nouvelles. Le genre de post tout simple, authentique et sans aucune autre prétention que d’échanger, comme des copines le ferait entre elles. Je commente sur ton blog depuis 2008 et …damn! Je ne me lasse toujours pas :)

    xx G.

  • agatha May, 26 2013, 3:07

    et moi, j´aime toujours lire tes commentaires, gigi!….;-)

  • J’aime beaucoup ton blog, ton écriture dynamique, ton sens de l’humour et tes jolies photos. J’aime beaucoup la mode aussi.
    Mais que réponds-tu aux gens qui avancent l’idée selon laquelle la société de consommation nous mène droit dans le mur? que la mode c’est cool mais que son empreinte écologique moins? qu’il faudrait peut être penser à aligner la modernité de l’éthique de production avec celle du style développé par les grandes marques?
    Ce serait tellement bien si les gens comme toi, dynamiques et ouverts d’esprit, pouvaient prendre conscience de ça, et commençaient à agir, petit à petit, à leur échelle…

  • I love meg ryan!!

  • sacré semaine!!!! moi j’ai toujours une trousse de maquillage sur moi avec crème hydratante etc, les femmes ont tendances à sortir avec toutes sortes d’objets hétéroclites!!!

  • J’adore ce post :)


  • Love your collage!! Fantastic week and Bali…must be amazing!!

  • I really like this little meme and I may have to steal it.

    Definitely travel with your own tea. Teavana actually makes good travel tea sets and I keep a stash of tea bags in a little pouch that I take with me. I’ve even made tea in a hotel with a travel candle, matches, a cup of water from the sink and four metal stacking bracelets. (Go girl scout me!) it wasn’t the hottest, best cup of tea, but it worked for the time considering there were no in-room coffee machines!

  • j’adore ce collage!

  • On sent la semaine chargée en temps, et en émotions…
    Bonnes retrouvailles avec ton chéri, vous avez visiblement plein de trucs à vous raconter! ;)

  • M Ruth May, 24 2013, 3:12 / Reply

    Las Vegas hotel survival tip. Some of the major hotels (Palazzo, Venetian) do not have coffee makers in the room and it is a lonnnnnnnng walk to find one and then often lonnnnng lines (which can be fun if you want to meet people at 7 am — I don’t) . Since then I travel with a nifty $10 little heater coil. You just stick it in a cup and it boils the water and then, voila, you can make tea or even drip coffee (yes I bring my own little drip cone and coffee) in your room. I never travel without it. It’s so comforting to know you can have your own favorite tea and coffee anywhere.

  • ShibaGirl May, 24 2013, 3:34 / Reply

    WHAT tea would YOU pack?? What tea makes you feel like ‘home’??

  • Bali est la destination idéale, une nourriture parfaite, un décor de cinéma, une culture intéressante et touchante. La déco et le design parfait, vous devriez partir avec les valises vides, vous pouvez vous faire coudre des vêtements sur mesure, et puis les produits déco sont simplement hallucinants.

  • Gudrun May, 24 2013, 4:15 / Reply

    Dine at Mozaic and Bumbu Bali
    Drink at Kudeta
    Ride a bike through the rice paddies of Ubud

  • Go to Canggu beach in Bali (it’s maybe 1hr drive from Seminyak?) to see gorgeous padi fields next to the beach and both tourist and local surfers catching the waves. Very laidback and cool

  • Bali, oui oui oui

  • Charlotte May, 24 2013, 4:39 / Reply

    What kind of tea do you drink?

  • Fruit is truly the best! I eat it for breakfast, snack and even dessert. I love having watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries and cherries and with all of the varieties, you can’t get bored. I love a great cup of green tea and I am trying to have one cup a day either with breakfast or in the evening. It’s great to make the tea and sit with either a scone and a book or just in the quiet.

  • I’m so with you on the tea thing…
    I just got back from a few days in Paris myself (where I met up with a friend from college, reconnecting instantly after more than ten years apart – so much for great friends!), and thanks to your blog (including the great comments) we had a wide range of great places to go and see! And more importantly, bc it was raining pretty much all the time, I discovered that in most of the cafés we went to, you actually do get great tea (I’m mainly referring to Marriage Frères here)! (And in terms of Marriage Frères, there’s – of course – also the great store itself in the Marais… I just have to be careful, collecting those wonderful tins can actually become an addiction…)

  • myriam May, 24 2013, 5:27 / Reply

    Garance, you’re ranked in the top 100 French leading women according to Slate, have you seen that ?
    Love your work and by the way !

  • Bonjour Garance,
    Merci encore pour ta candeur et ta curiosité sans apriori. Il faut savoir que le succès du Cirque du Soleil à Las Vegas a généré pas mal de boulot pour des milliers de personnes jusqu’ici à Montréal, ville d’origine de ce cirque; rédacteurs, designers, techniciens et j’en passe. Après avoir connu du succès lors de spectacles, certains concepteurs ont ensuite été engagé pour participé au design de certains des hôtels hallucinants que tu as vus ( bars, restos, ascenseurs/tout sauf banals dans certains cas; MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay. Rien à voir avec les cartons-pâtes et pseudos des années 80 tels que le Paris ou le NY.

    Pour ce qui est du thé, bien que le thé en vrac acheté dans les bonnes maisons de thé soient en général supérieurs, j’ai appris qu’on pouvait tout de même trouver du thé de qualité en sachet (ou en camisole) suite à une recherche que j’ai faite pour mon travail.

    C’est cool d’être mamie car de nos jours, tout le monde essaie surtout d’être cool et ça ce n’est vraiment plus cool!

  • Aaaaaah Garaaance, Bali, why why why are you doing this to me. Evite Kuta, bourré de touristes australiens, moche et rien d’intéressant à y faire… mieux vaut explorer le centre de l’ile, j’ai adoré Ubud et les balades dans l’ile (tu peux louer des mobilettes). LA recommandation ultime, finir ton voyage par une séance de farniente royal sur l’ile paradisiaque de Lombok (1h en bateau plus ou moins depuis Bali), aux Qunci villas. Clique sur le lien et tu comprendras ;)


  • I LOVE Vegas! Which Cirque du Soleil show did you see? I can’t wait to hear about it and more about your plans for Bali! Jealous! :)

  • Bali
    un désastre écologique

    défigurée par le tourisme de masse

    tu reviendras en pleurant

  • Joanna May, 24 2013, 6:13 / Reply

    All this tea talk is making me thirsty! Which begs the question: what kind of tea do you drink? Crazy tea enthusiasts want to know!

    Oh, as far as farmer’s markets go, California is where it’s at. :-)

    P.S. Grandmas do it better.

  • Nysgonzalez May, 24 2013, 6:25 / Reply

    I stayed at the Manarin in Vegas and zoned out in that same pool in the spa! But my pics don’t look so sultry! Great spa and great non-casino hotel option in Vegas!

  • Moi aussi j’adore un bon massage après une grosse série! C’est un truc que je planifie dès le début d’un gros projet. Il y a aussi les extras… J’ai une amie (une vraie) elle quand elle a trop de travail elle m’envoie a sa séance de massage. Elle est belle la vie moi j’dis!
    Et en ce moment je travail à l’aménagement d’un urban SPA, me réjouis d’en profiter.

    PS: je dis urban SPA car en suisse c’est pas en ville qu’on les trouvent habituellement, c’est plutôt dans des cadres naturelles.

  • Gaëlle R. May, 24 2013, 8:17 / Reply

    J’avais la même envie sur Bali et j’ai eu l’opportunité d’y passer 3 semaines il y bientôt 2 ans… J’ai de merveilleux souvenirs et voici donc mes incontournables :
    – passer 2 jours au milieu des rizières dans la région de Sidemen, où il y a quelques hôtels de très bonne qualité, à taille humaine, intégré au paysage, et avec une très bonne cuisine (c’est isolé, il faut donc souvent dîner a l’hôtel… Mais j’ai toujours adoré). Tu te balades dans les rizières, les paysans te montrent leurs terres et récoltes, tu lis avec un paysage à couper le souffle, tu déconnectes, … Tu prends le temps !!! Une parenthèse que j’ai adoré.
    – passer par Ubud pour revenir à la civilisation tout en douceur. J’ai eu la chance de rester à l’hôtel Komaneka, où le Spa est très bien (cabine, ok de 30m2, est ouverte sur la nature = bande son naturel !!! Service d’une gentillesse absolue + jacuzzi de fin avec fruit frais… Cf nouvelle addiction).

    Je voulais faire rapide (euh… pas réussi).

  • Hi, I’m Tara from Indonesia.

    When you come to Bali, make sure to spend your time in Balangan Beach, less crowded than Dreamland and more beautiful than Kuta. After that, you should have dinner in Menega Cafe Jimbaran, their seafood is sooooo greaaaaat!

    Spare your time in Ubud too, strolling around and visit the little shops there, go to Antonio Blanco Museum, walk to Sari Organik, it’s a restaurant hidden in paddy fields and only sell organic foods, people from around the world go there to enjoy the food and the view. You can’t drive a car there, you have to walk like 20 minutes or rent a bicycle.

    La Plancha in Double Six beach also a great place to enjoy the sunset, while sip margarita and sittin on a giant beanbag chair. I love Potato Head in Double Six, too. I could spend like a day there.

    You can google everything that I wrote above and have fun in Bali.
    Ah I wish I could see you and chat with you, G!

  • Bali is sooo NICE!
    I always love it and I know you’re gonna love it.
    Which hotel are you gonna stay? If you stay in Kuta, you can go to Kuta Beachwalk for some window shopping and strolling scene, continue to Double Six for a nice food, and watch sunset in Kudeta :))

  • Eats: Cafe Menega for seafood on the beach. Also try the sweet or spicy corn on the cob from one of the stalls on the beach. La Lucciola for brunch.
    Hang: Four Seasons’ Sundara and the W.

  • jenjenchoo May, 24 2013, 10:23 / Reply

    bali is magical!!! it’s still one of my all time favorite places to visit even though it has become incredibly and almost impossibly touristy, there are still pockets of enchantment you can stumble across

    stay at any one of the aman resorts in bali or even better fly to amanwana on moyo island from bali which is quite spectacular – and as a bonus, the indonesian food at the resort is amazing!

    but back to bali, potato head is very cool and i love wandering around in ubud or watching surfers in ulu watu

    oh and don’t forget to eat babi guling – i can’t for the life of me remember the location of this place my guide took me but ask around, i’m sure you’ll be able to find lots of recommendations

    selamat pagi is good morning in malay but usually in indonesia, they are more likely to say selamat siang – good day :)

  • I believe you are a visuals person, so here are some photos from my trip to Bali :))

  • If plan to come to Southeast Asia already, why don’t you come further to Thailand!!

    I highly recommend this place!! My husband and I been here and love it soo much!!!


  • “selamat pagi” means “good morning” in english !
    NICE !

  • sounds like you were having a great time! hah it makes me want to visit US.. so maybe once..

  • Judith May, 25 2013, 3:47 / Reply

    Ton voyage à Vegas devait être tellement génial ! C’est une ville où j’adorerai aller, j’espère que tu nous postera bientôt les photos ainsi que les bonnes adresses.

  • Going to Bali is one of my dreams ! I count on you to share landscapes with us through some photos ;)

  • Bonjour Garance, quelle chance d aller à Bali; J’y suis allée en 2009 et j’ y suis restée trois semaines. C’était magique !!!! J’ai visité Kuta à Bali, Ubud, Gili Trawangan ( dormir au Samba Villa très bien et très bon rapport qualité prix ) et Lombok ( Kuta où il y a un superbe novotel que l on peut voir dans le film “toute la beauté du monde “à voir absolument avant de partir, et les plages magnifiques de selong belanak, mawun et tanjung aan dans le sud de l’ile de Lombok). A noter à Kuta Bali, un petit resto sympa qui ne paye pas de mine, mais on y prend des très bon petits dejeuners : le Totemo). Nous avions terminé par deux nuits au club Med de Bali dans la presqu ile du Bukit, superbe pour une fin de voyage ! . Des bisous et profite bien de l’Indonésie.

  • Selamat Pagi means Good Morning in Indonesia Garance.. I hope you enjoy your visit in Bali, it is such a charming island :D

  • Tea. totally agree that a good cup of tea will make us feel better. (now I’m thinking to carry my hot water bottle around).
    On Bali – either you stay at your favorite hotel chain (W hotels, GHM hotels, Oberoi, Four Seasons, etc) or rent a gorgeous villa fully staffed with a car and a driver.
    Have fun exploring the island rich culture and superb hospitality. Also, Selamat Makan Enak!

  • tripstreasures May, 25 2013, 6:24 / Reply

    Sounds like a very fun week ! i hope i’ll be able to visit vegas one day
    fashion in belgium

  • tripstreasures May, 25 2013, 6:58 / Reply

    Sounds like a very fun week ! i hope i’ll be able to visit vegas one day

    fashion in belgium –

  • Love your post! :-) And I’m so curious, I know, but reg. tea? Which one is the best in your opinion?

  • …and oh, I forgot: Regarding Bali: is the BEST!!!! :-)

  • I’m so happy you said what you did about tea. Recently I was staying with a family friend and I brought my own tea. She chided me as being foolish for spending money on nice tea when “Lipton’s is just as good” and “they all taste the same.” I suppose there’s no point in my explaining the pleasure of good tea to someone who likes Lipton’s, but I’m so relieved to know that someone else understands!

  • So excited that you’re going to Bali Garance, you’ll love it!! Coming from Western Australia (where it’s only a 3 1/2 hr flight =) I’ve been to Bali many times and still absolutely love it! Seminyak is a great place to stay. Make sure you head to Potato Head for a day at the pool and Ku De Ta for requisite sunset drinks. The Shakuhachi boutiques are also a fantastic little shopping experience! Love Gili T island as well – only three hours by speedboat from Bali, it’s a totally different world with white sandy beaches and a totally chilled out vibe and aammaaazziinnngg seafood barbecues on the beach! Super, super jealous – I’m not heading to Bali this year xx

  • Nina B. May, 25 2013, 8:41 / Reply

    There is a great Indonesian restaurant in NYC on 9th Ave called Bali Nusa Indah that specializes in food from Bali and Java. One of my favorites, and the ginger tea is so perfect at the end of a meal.
    Here’s a blurb on it from the New York Times:

  • Natalie May, 25 2013, 9:07 / Reply

    You are going to love Bali…..
    You just HAVE TO go to the Rock Bar (the Ayana Resort) for sunset cocktails, a brill experience, a travelator down the side of a cliff….amazing!!!
    Ubud is great…beware the monkeys :-) We stayed at the Kajane Mua (small villas for 2 with private pool) with excellent service and staff.
    Seafood restaurants at Jimbaran bay…cheap and fun.
    Sooo much to see and do…you will both love it!!

  • Zuzanna May, 25 2013, 9:54 / Reply

    I went to Bali with my family 2 years ago. I spent there 3 weeks in 3 different locations. What I can recommend for sure is beautiful island Lembongan which is 40 min way by boat from Bali. Is the most relax, beautiful place I have ever been. Also you can’t miss Jimbaran, place with the best and most romantic fish restaurants. Have fun!

  • Hope to see your Bali pics! For local food, please go to Warung Babi Guling Ibu Oka in Ubud for their pork dishes (the recommended one is Nasi Campur Babi Guling-rather spicy) and Bebek Tepi Sawah restaurant also in Ubud, specializing in duck dishes. You might like this place as it overlooks the paddy field. Hopefully Salak Gula Pasir is in season when you go there-Indonesian fruit-definitely should try this one, very sweet and crunchy. A list of fashionable 5* resorts/villas to check out: Ubud Hanging Gardens, Banyan Tree hotel, The Mulia, Ayana, and Alila among others. Bvlgari hotel is also a nice one to check as it sits at the cliff. Rock Bar, Potato Head, Ku De Ta and Mozaic are happening places. Don’t forget to visit Hotel Tugu Bali at Canggu if you have time, Very artistic hotel. Enjoy! Please visit Lombok since you’re only an island away :)

  • Check out Deus in canggu, Bali. Coolness from Sydney
    Try resorts and villas up this end around seminyak (then jump all the chaos, go down to Uluwatu and dreamland)
    Seminyak go to potato head, ku de Ta, La Luciola plus more amazing places (sarong etc)
    Bali cafe is a reminder of colonial Bali, charming, good coffee (coffees a bit hit n miss in Bali)
    (Bali is not all beauty BTW) Uluwatu cliff top pool resorts late arvo watching surf breaks
    Beware the beaches/seafood after rain from November, the waterways wash out foul ‘water’
    Hearing about amazing resorts east coast above Denpasar
    Ubud is yoga resort heaven – but wear blinkers on your way up, it is a harsh living for locals

  • I AM FRANTIC!!!!!
    I’m Indonesian and when I saw “Selamat Pagi” I was already excited! lol.. And as I scrolled down and read that you and Scott are going to Bali I was like Aaaaaaaa!!!! :O.
    Ok, first off, you should really consider going to Gili Island. It’s still raw and more beautiful than Bali since Bali is and has been very popular. Don’t get me wrong, Bali is beautiful but Gili is not yet fully discovered by tourists. When you’re in Bali, go to Ubud and try eating at Bebek Bengil. It’s famous for its ducks dish -> ‘bebek’ means ‘duck’ in Indonesian.
    “Potato Head” is a pretty hip spot in Bali, it’s a lounge/ bar.. Ku De Ta, Rock bar are also popular. ( I just read the earlier comment above and she also recommended these places. lol)
    Aside from what Eve has said about the nice hotels, I would add Amankila resort. It’s one of the beautiful hotels and pricey too.
    Definitely get a massage there! And more on cultural things, search for traditional “Kecak dance” or “Balinese dance”.
    If you like outdoor activities, try rafting or parasailing or even bungy jumping ;). I almost always go for rafting everytime I go to Bali. Snorkling and diving are also nice.

    I cannot wait to see your pictures from Bali and what you think about the island!!!!


  • Hey !!!

    Selamat Pagi means good morning. Im Malaysian, from Malaysia and Bali is pretty much THE best spots in south east asia !<3

  • Most of the bali reccommendations youre getting are very high end. I just hope you know that Bali has amazing inns and stays at really low prices. Sure they aren;t first class and fancy, but they are beautiful nonetheless. I stayed at the Coffee Copper. It’s located near Money Forest and I have a feeling you’d love it. THey’re villas, they’re super cheap and super pretty . They have the best pancakes (note : their pancakes are nothing like the usual pancakes we’re all used to. They have actual freash fruit IN the pancakes..)

    So broaden your horizons and check all of them out and don’t settle for the most exclusive, first class thing you see. Bali is too beautiful to be limited to that.


  • Lysiane May, 26 2013, 10:13 / Reply

    Canggu est un petit village à une dizaine de km de Kuta super jolis, super restos, super chou. à voir aussi juste à coté : echo beach !! Ces deux endroits sont moins touristiques que Kuta et Bukit ! J’ai aussi des amis qui ont fait le tour de l’île en scooter et qui ont adoré cette expérience !!
    Enjoy Bali <3<3

  • ‘selamat pagi’ means ‘good morning’ in malay/indonesian (same language)!

  • Ajeng Sekartaji May, 26 2013, 10:12

    malay and Indonesia are totally have different language, they might sounds similar but for some cases have different meaning and pronounce :)

  • Ajeng Sekartaji May, 26 2013, 10:06 / Reply

    whoaaa…. Selamat Pagi means Good morning! :)

  • I have to disagree with anyone who recommends Jimbaran and Seminyak as places to stay, both are horrible tourist traps. The seafood at Jimbaran is nothing to brag about, and Seminyak has cool clubs and hip hotels (I admit the rooftop pool of the W is amazing for drinks) but you could be anywhere in the world – you won’t get a feel of how awesome Bali is.

    I like Uluwatu – lots of gorgeous cliiftop villas and resorts to choose from there, but the beaches are meant for experiences surfers. A nice place to stay was Hotel Alila, good for a splurge. For less than 100 euros, there’s Mu Bali, which has incredible open plan villas (no air conditioning) and excellent food and service (the owner is French I think).

    Another good coastal option is Canggu -much quieter, and a short drive away from Seminyak if you want to stay somewhere accessible to the restaurants and nightlife of Seminyak. (Hiring drivers in Bali is a good way to get around, and doesn’t cost very much). A lot of expats make their residences here.

    Scuba divers head to the east and north of Bali – these areas are far less touristy and allow to observe the rhythms of Balinese life. The hotels here tend to be more basic and the beaches nothing to write home about, but for divers it feels like a haven compared to the madness of Seminyak, Kuta etc. Candidasa and Padang Bai are two towns with lots of dive shops, and Padang Bai is the departure point for ferries to the Gili islands. If you are heading for the Gilis, I would avoid Gili Trawagan and head for Meno or Air.

    Ubud is quite charming and has the best street food.

    I love Bali and feel lucky that I live a 2-hour flight away…hope you have fun!

  • Ms Jane May, 27 2013, 5:16

    Yeah I totally agree. Gilli air and Meno are amazing but give Glli T a miss. Lombok is also one of my favourite places. Canggu is great and a bit quiter than Seminyak. Also Amed is great for diving and snorkelling. Seminyak is full of good restaurants but I couldn’t wait to get out of there…too many people, cars and noise!

  • Hey Garance,
    Its so great that you are going to Bali – you are going to love it! The beaches are not as nice in Thailand for example (they are quite big, without any greenery, and usually with black sand) – but the surrounding with all the hidden temples and jungles is amazing. Spend as much as time you can in Ubud – it is an inland city where most of the temples are located. You just rent a scooter and start exploring :) And you must stay at a place called Honeymoon Guesthouse Ubud (you have them on air bnb). It is paradise, and all the pictures you will see don’t do it justice. You will get your on private two-storey villa, hidden in a lush green jungle, with a small moat around it, and the most stylish balinese bathroom bigger them your bedroom. And all that for like 50e a day (for the whole thing).

  • cassie May, 27 2013, 6:13 / Reply

    WOW!! I can’t believe that you’re going to BALI!
    Bali is in my country and I guarantee you’re gonna loooovee it there and never wanna go back!

    My recommendation:
    – St. Regis Nusa Dusa (lovely room, with amazing pool and private beach — but more on the expensive side)
    – Ayana Resort Uluwatu (nice room, not THAT expensive, killer view with Rock Bar to hang out and drinks)
    – or if you want to go for a more private site — check out Khayangan Estate Bali — unbelievable!

    To do:
    – Watch kecak dance at uluwatu during sun set
    – Must visit: padang-padang beach, Karma Kandara beach/Finn beach club, el Kabron to watch beautiful sunset, potato head and W, KuDeTa (for the nightlife)
    – Must eat: Biku, Cafe Bali, Warung Made, Warung Eropa and last but not least, you HAVE TO EAT THIS: Babi Guling Pak Malen (or Pak Malen Suckling Pig) — THE BEST in Bali (don’t even bother to go to Ibu Oka in Ubud, overrated, pricey and not that good anymore)

    Also you have to visit Ubud for more a serene and down to earth experience!

    Can’t wait to read your stories in Bali! :)

  • Wow la chance, Bali ça a l’air génial comme destination vacances!
    Pour les thés, un bon “supplier” c’est David’s Tea! C’est une entreprise de Montréal et ils ont maintenant pleins de succursales aux USA (sinon il y a une boutique en ligne, mais c’est pas pareil que d’aller sentir et voir les thés dans leurs boutiques, en plus les employés sont vraiment sympas et géniaux!).
    Étant en France depuis maintenant 9 mois, j’ai trop hâte à mon retour pour pouvoir aller boire un bon thé glacé!
    Mmmm vive les jeunes mamies :)

  • Hey Garance,

    I write Retail Therapy (all about the best of the best in shopping) and organise Personal Shopping and Sourcing Tours. Have lived in Bali for 9 years now, and would love to offer you a
    day out as have been following your Blog for some years, it’s one I always come back to!

    All you have to do is send me an email either on the one above or or check out my website,

    It would be absolute fun to show you both around and can give you the lowdown on shopping, restaurant and the most interesting people!!

    Warmest regards,
    Marilyn x

  • OMG you’re going to Bali? that’s my country!
    You should totally go to Bali, Garance! you’re gonna love it.
    Why haven’t anyone here recommend the Bulgari resort?
    and DON’T miss the Kecak dance
    Can’t wait to see the photos :)

  • Selamat Pagi – simply means Good morning! have fun in bali :) xoxo

  • If you love Bali as I do, please email me and I will be so happy to send more tips. Off the top of my head, Ubud is the best place on planet Earth. I like Bamboo Indah in Sayan (see also Ibuku) for its full on creativity and sustainability; I love Casa Luna for delicious food, inspiration, and staying there as well. There are so many incredible places; go soon – development is rampant and careless, especially in the south. Jazz fest in August…. BEST food on planet earth. I could go on …. obviously. Cinta

  • Hi Garance – you have to go to the Gili islands if you’re going to Bali, and Ubud (though I hear it’s now got Eat, Pray, Love tour buses trundling through the town). If you fancy a short and beautiful trek go to Munduk in the mountains for less tourists and peace. Stay away from Kuta!! Think of the Brits on the Costa del Sol – this is the Aussie version. Bali is lovely and the food really amazing, the spas are soooo good…but the island can be really clogged with tourists and rubbish in parts. I’ve been twice though and would definitely go back, the gorgeous parts are truly gorgeous and it’s possible to just avoid the crowds. Happy travels!

  • Christa May, 28 2013, 12:12 / Reply

    Selamat pagi means “good morning” in both Indonesian and Malay.

  • Oh Garance, if you love spas and massages then Bali is definitely for you! There are so many wonderful places to choose from, it depends on where you are staying. I used the Bali Spas app which was a great resource:

    One of my favourite spas is Prana Spa: To stay in touch with what’s happening in Bali I recommend following Hello Bali Magazine:

  • Good day, Garance!! So glad for your future trip)) We’ve come from Bali 3 days ago…
    1. GILI islands – relax and spa.. a lot of restraunts with grilled snapper and other seafood in the evening and so on.. snorkling and a lot of cutest people around – I mean locals, but tourists nowadaws are also cute and quite rare persons
    2. JIMBARAN – Cafe MENEGA – 9 000 check-in on FourSquare – everything mmmm….
    3. Seafood restraunt on ECHO BEACH
    4. Wood carving factory in Ubud also must be visited

    and try Coffee LUWAK on it’s plantations as well))

    P.S. and please, don’t be afraid of CUTA – lots of surfers and locals and mini shops and local restaurants (it is called WARUNG). I’d like to recommend warung Totemo on Jalan Benesari (Jalan = street) – indonesian, chinese, japan and western quisine – everything is so tasty and cheap)

    I hope you would really enjoy your trip!! GOOD LUCK!!!!

  • I can’t believe no one has recommended Desa Seni. Its a beautiful mini eco resort in Canggu, owned by 2 Americans. The rooms are old Indonesian houses, they also have great yoga classes, so much more authentic than the big chain hotels. You also need to go furniture shopping, beautiful things and very cheap shipping….

  • We loved so much Bali that we start our one year family trip in Asia with Bali. We will be there in July.

    If you go to Ubud, I recommend you to go to a hotel outside the town, we loved the hotels with the view on the Ayung river (at Sayan). Tanah Lot is a beautiful temple but very crowed. I recommend you to stay at the Pan Pacific Nirvana resort hotel. We stood in one of the 8 private villas with private pool. It was wonderful. The wiew on Tanah Lot is gorgeous.

    In Lombok, we loved the Lombok Lodge a small boutique hotel and the Qunci villa hotel. Kuta Lombok is nice and roots, you rent a scooter and let’s go. We stood one night at the Novotel, and went to another hotel in the little town, old, roots (very very far from the Grand Hyatt Shanghai standards :)), but we enjoyed jumping on our scooters and driving to the beautiful and empty beaches around Kuta Lombok.
    Enjoy your trip, have fun and many massages

  • THIS is hilarious. I’ve never “sexted” before and this would be me. Eating, watching TV but with two cats on top of me. Thanks for sharing beautiful Garance!

  • Garance, here I my tips from Bali, I know you have already read tons and I might reapeat some things.
    1. Avoid Kuta I was so dissapointed it’s like going to a typical destroyed by tourism beach place in Spain and it is definitely overpriced.

    2. Visit the only budhist temple in Bali, it is up at the North of the Island, and it is absolutely amazing, and as there are not many tourist going there (when I went with my friends we were the only ones there) you get a lot peace and tranquility.

    3. If you dare, rent a motorcycle to go around Bali. It will surely be the cheapest and fastest method of transportation.

    4. Bali is a lot more than beaches and coastal temples, I recomend doing biking “eco” tour from Ubud that shows you typical balinese houses and rice fields and visit the mountains, like Gunung Batur and Gunung Agung, though be aware that you are visiting mounting so it can get cold.

    5. An alternative to booking a hotel is renting a villa, which can be an amzing experience, they are usually in the middle of nowhere but if you rent a scooter you can easily get around. They might be a pricy (but they don’t really have be so) but it also gives you privacy and feel more in Bali.

    Last thing: go to the Ubud market and buy a wicker bag, they have loads of shapes, sizes and price and they are the perfect bag for summer all day long.

  • Stayed at 2 gorgeous hotels in Bali. One being the Chedi Club in Ubud. The other the Legian in Seminyak. Highly recommend a bike ride through the rice paddies.
    Not to be misssed restaurants are Metisse, Sarong, and Sardine. All gorgeous.

  • Hapsari June, 7 2013, 9:41 / Reply

    I’m from Indonesia, and i love Bali very much, this is recommended place Garance:
    1. Gili Trawangan island (near Bali of course) ,there is an small island without ‘motorised transport’ have a nice beach for snorkeling or diving, and you can go to bar at the night. You can go there with fast boat and lot of travel agent from Bali can take you there.
    2. Uluwatu Bali Lace, it’s a store who sell handmade Balinese lace in Kuta/Nusa Dua/Ubud/Sanur
    3. El Kabron Restaurant in Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu street, El Kabron is really cozy restaurant for enjoying sunset with swinging song.
    4. don’t forget to watch kecak dance at uluwatu during sun set
    Hope you enjoy your summer, btw i want go to Bali on Oktober, when you go there?Hope to see you :)

  • So excited you’re going to Bali!!! I’m Indonesian (Selamat Pagi means ‘Good Morning’) and I love Bali. Stay out of Kuta. I don’t like it. Ubud is really really nice. It’s my favorite. Eat at Cafe Wayan and anything owned by Janet De Neefe. If you want to go to the beach go to Uluwatu or Seminyak or Lombok. Nusa Dua is where all the fancy hotels are and I’m too poor to go there. The Gili Islands are silly and fun. And they are quite beautiful actually. Have fun!!! xoxo

  • Ahhhh Bali, je viens de rentrer d’un séjour de 10 jours à Bali et c’était magiqueeeee. c’est vraiment une destination pour tous types de loisirs (sport nautique, méditation, shopping, plage et détente, nature, …).
    Ce que je te conseille c’est de ne pas rester dans un seul endroit, moi j’ai été à Ubud d’abord, à voir absolument, les ateliers de batik, les rizières, la plantation de café, la monkey forest, les galeries de peintures et de sculpture sur bois, les fabriques de bijoux argent et or et aussi le coin incontournable c’est une séance de yoga au yoga barn, j’ai été bluffé par le paysage. Ensuite j’ai été aux îles Gili, c’est vraiment le paradis sur terre, pas de moto ni de voitures, c’est l’endroit idéale pour essayer le snorkeling ou pour les plus courageux et motivés le diving, j’ai aussi fait des massages au bord de la mer pour pas cher et à ne pas manquer le coucher du soleil sur l’île Gili Trawagan. Après j’ai été à Seminyak, coin huppé de l’île avec ses restos et bars branchés, un coup de cœur pour le restaurant le Sarong et le Hu’u Bar, y’a aussi plein de boutiques sympa ou tu peux dénicher des merveilles. ensuite direction le sud de l’île vers Ulluwatu et jimbaran, à absolument faire, un repas au bord de la mer avec grillade de poisson et la visite du temple d’Ulluwatu vers la fin de la journée pour assister au spectacle de danse dans une sorte de théâtre romain tout en profitant du coucher du soleil.
    Voilà mes coups de cœur Bali.

  • I’m your blog lover, and I’m a Balinese. Try to go to Ubud, a village in the north of Denpasar, a village full of paintings and sculptures, you can see dolphines at Singaraja, go diving and banana boat-ing at Nusa Dua. Et voila il y a trop des choses ici, mais si vous voulez faire des choses pas ‘mainstream’ comme des autres tourists, c’est votre choix ! :)

  • Hi!

    I’m Indonesian, Selamat Pagi means Good Morning in English..

    Bali is beautiful beyond words… not saying this only because I’m Indonesia but wait until you’re there and you will enjoy a different life, culture, people than anywhere you met in the world..

    It is a very special spiritual place. wishing you an amazing adventure…
    here’s some places that will blow your mind…
    Tanah Lot
    Jimbaran – best bbq seafood by the beach you’ll ever have…promise!! and it’s only $10 a plate.

    enjoy the beaches, rice fields, jungle, rivers, dance performance, traditional ceremony, amazing local food, massages, spa, yoga…. bliss..


  • Raissa Fiona June, 26 2013, 10:50 / Reply

    Selamat pagi means Good Morning :) I’m from Indonesia :)

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