Places you should visit in Dublin

Hi everyone ,


I have been meaning to write this post for a long time as i have been so many questions about it on Instagram so I’m really happy i finally got around to sit down and do it.

Dublin and Ireland in general are literally cornered out all of sides with beautiful Instagram worthy places to visit that it has been really hard to narrow it down to these few. There are so many more interesting places but in my opinion these are the ones you should definitely visit especially if you are a nature lover like me. I have left a spot for Dublin city centre sightseeing tourist attractions too so have you all covered. I will do a separate similar posts for other places all around Ireland so keep an eye for it.


So here are my top picks in Dublin :

!. Howth - had to start with it as it is literally my fav place and i go there probably 1-2 times a week as it is close to me . It is situated on the north coast side of Dublin and there is an easy access by bus from the city centre that takes you to Howth head where you can start your hike going up from the pub you get off to. ( dart goes there too but starts at the village). The views of Dublin Bay are great especially if you get a nice sunny day. There are few paths you can take , if you go right towards the lighthouse you can go down the secret beach i often feature in my Instagram stories . On the left side you have 3 routes- take the first one if you are afraid of heights , it is the easiest to follow and it is a bit further out of the sea. I always prefer to take the second path i feel it gives the best views but at times it comes very close to edge so be aware of it. The north paths ( left ) are the busiest and people would often hike that way down the village and get some fish and chips as a reward. Bare in mind at times it can be quite windy so make sure you have a warm jacket just in case :)

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2. Killiney hill park - another spot that gives you great views of the city and irish sea and mountains in the further distance. It is situated on the south side of the city and you can reach it by either dart ( 15 mins walk or bus ( 59 goes there). The park has few different routes that you can take and enjoy the nature there. I really recommend stopping at the small coffee place there. They bake the tastiest staff and their had the best hot chocolate i have tried lately. The route is easy enough to walk , i few steps to the top but nothing difficult. Dalkey is right next to Killiney and it has a really homey traditional irish feel to it.

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3. Dalkey - Dalkey is right next to Killiney but i included because here as if you are not a hiker or don’t have enough time you can skip Killiney and just visit it instead. The place has a really homey traditional irish feel to it and it hold a lot of history. I recommend visiting the castle , go fo stroke around the main street and then head up the coast , in the summer there is a small boat that brings you to Dalkey island, which is pretty cool on its own.( think it costs like 8 euro for a return ticket )


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4 Phoenix park and Farmleaigh - Phoenix park is the largest park in Europe ( 5 times bigger than Hyde Park in London) and it is also the home of the president of Ireland. Dublin Zoo is also located here. If you get passed Wellington Monument you will find a friendly herd of deer , I love just sitting down and observing them. Farmleaigh is my favourite part of the park , it is placed on the north-west end it is a historic farm that holds rare collections of arts and books . It also has beautiful gardens, especially beautiful in the summer. There is a lovely cafe called the Boathouse restaurant next to the lake there you definitely pat it a visit.

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5.Ticknock hill - easy to reach by bus 44b from town it is located in Dublin mountains .It is the perfect place to go for a hike because routes are easy to follow and they offer amazing views of the city. There are different routes that you can take and it goes out for about 18 km so you can nearly spend the whole day out there if the weather is nice The best trial in my opinion is -Tibradden Woods, up to the top of Fairy Castle and down to Three Rock. At the end of the hike there is a lovely pub where you can stop for a drink.

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6.Malahide castle - it is easy accessible for town by both dark and bus ( number 32 stops there). Although it looks quite small but the castle has a long history ans some parts of it date as late as 12th century. I have been there many times but have not been inside to comment on it . The cost of the tickers is around 12 euro for adults and 6 eu for a child. There is a big garden , playground and extra space around the castle so you can have go for a walk.

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7.Dublin city centre - i have left this spot for sightseeing attractions you have already heard about - Temple Bar (it is so famous you can’t miss not having a pic there lol ), Guinness storehouse ( fantastic views from the top floor, Dublin Castle ( get inside i enjoyed learning about the irish history there ), Stephens green park and Trinity College ( visit the library 9 Books of Kells , it is worth it :) are in my opinion the most interesting to see . There are all located not far of each other , so it is possible to go around the city and see all of them in a day. I recommend starting from Trinity college , then walk up to Temple bar , after that head up towards Dublin castle , then Guinness storehouse and on the way back visit Stephens park :). If you have time Jameson distillery, The Whiskey Museum and Dublinia ( just off Dublin castle ) are also good spots to see. St Patrick’s Cathedral is very close to Dublin Castle and Dublinia and i think that is worth stopping by too.


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8.Newbridge farm - the park/ farm is located in Donabate , which is on the north side of the Dublin . There is a small farm with few animals , you can even see few lamas. Probably would suit more a family as there is a nice playground on the site and space for barbecue , i love going there in the summer.

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Seychelles - Mahe , Praslin Island and La Digue Travel Guide

Seychelles travel guide

Seychelles is a tiny island located in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and is one of the most beautiful places you can visit.  You will be blown away by the countless white sand turquoise beaches and scenic hiking routes you will be persuaded you have died and gone to heaven. The time in Seychelles has stopped; everyone is so relaxed and easy-going    it is the perfect intimate getaway for couples or if you just want to spend some alone unbothered by anyone.

In this article I will give some travel tips that I think you might like to  have on board before travelling to the Seychelles and write about few places  that you don’t want to miss  while you are there. Have in mind this is not a budget destination but there are ways you can save money while you are there that I will mention below.

Things to know:

Airport in Mahe is very small, if you are coming from crowded flight you might be a little slow passing through the customs, you can get your visa on arrival ( free of charge). You will a return tickets and proof of booked accommodation.

 Everyone you came across will speak English but most people speak also French.

Seychelles uses Ireland/Uk plugs.

It is a catholic country   so you can wear whatever you want and drink alcohol in public.

Euros and Dollars are widely preferred and accepted so don’t be in rush to exchange your money for rupees. Bank machines are easily available so you can just withdraw as much as you need and you will probably get the best rate there.

Taxis are really, really expensive ( 3-5 euro per kilometer )if you can rent a car in advance ( they drive on the left side of the road by the way ) or try to find a local person who would drive you around for a much cheaper price.

 The buses on the other side are very cheap. Tickets cost only 7 rupee and are quite frequent. Have in mind that you CAN NOT take your suitcase on the buses so taking a bus from the airport is not an option.

Having an unlocked phone and buying a sim card from the airport if you are person who needs a mobile connection or to use Google maps to get around would be a good idea. Depending on the provider for about 25 euro you can get a sim with around 3 GB of data.

Bring comfortable shoes for hiking if you are into that type of thing. There are many hill places to explore that offer you a 360 view of the island.

Bring insects spray or cream if you are allergic, they are many ants and mosques and all sorts of tiny creatures however no poisonous snakes or spiders to worry about :)

You can visit the private beaches of some of the really fancy hotels without actually staying in them.

 Most of the goods including food are imported into the country so don’t expect a lot of local food varieties.

 

 

Where to stay

There are many amazing top of the class hotels out there but if you want to save some money you can always rent a villa through airbnb. Places like  villa Royal Bay in Mahe  which is located in Anse Royale very close to the airport and Victoria  are easy to find and much more  affordable.

Royal Bay villa has a swimming pool, Jacuzzi, barbeque area, a big tropical garden and a bonus if you love animals you get to enjoy the company of a sweet very friendly and two turtles (kept away if you don’t). There is onsite manager and a lady who helps around the house who are both very helpful. If you value privacy and have your own space where you can feel at home it will be a perfect choice for you. The beach (enormous by the way) and few shops and restaurants, bank and bus stops are 5 mins away walk. It has all modern amenities and it was really clean and well maintained.  The villa is quite secure even though crime in the Seychelles in considered being relatively low comparing to the rest of the world.

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the beach in Anse Royale

the beach in Anse Royale





Things to do and see

 

Morne Blanc Nature Trial- this can be a bit of a  difficult uphill route but when you can make it to the top you totally forget all of the sweat and the effort. Just make sure you have comfortable shoes, take plenty of breaks if needed and bring lots of water as the weather is really hot so you will be more likely to get dehydrated.  The trail leads to spectacular panoramic views of Mahe western seaboards.


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Copolia trial-   It is handy for parking and there is a bus stop nearby. It is much easier hiking than the Morne one possibly the best one in Mahe.  It takes around 30 mins to reach the top. You will be going through a dense jungle you see some bats, spiders, snakes and tropical birds.  In the end you will be treated to breathtaking views of Eden Island, Victoria and the airport and some of the other inhibited islands in the Seychelles.

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Sauzier waterfall- easy to access and a short walk with a small entrance fee of 25 rupee. Nice for swimming with small natural pool and worth paying it a visit. If you see people offering to show you the way have in the mind that they will be looking for you to pay them in the end.

Victoria market- not that big but good place to buy souvenirs, clothes and fresh fish, fruits, vegs and spices. Everything is quite expensive and goods in terms of clothing and footwear are limited. There is a small “Big Ben” copy which is the local attraction there.  In the area there are also a mosque, church and a hindi temple and it is nice to see they promote diversity.


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Beaches

Any beach in Mahe is absolutely amazing and they are way too many to mention so I will just point out the ones I think you should definitely visit:

Beau Vallon- really crowded beach but this is where a lot of tourist attractions are happening. It is great for snorkeling and scuba as the beach has an amazing clear water and coral reef.  It is where most of excursions and rental facilities to the other islands are organized. Just be careful to compare prices as they can be quite a difference in it. You can just get a plane or a ferry as well so if you like to leisure on your own time you have those options too.


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Anse Intendance - brilliant place to take photos for your Instagram. It is quiet, picturesque amazingly beautiful paradise looking beach. Be careful when swimming at currents are really strong at times. If you decide to go do take the hotel entrance it is less muddy.   You can also enjoy a drink or two at the bar there  J

To visit the last two places you can either take a plane (15 mins), a ferry (50 mins) or opt for an organized day excursion (around 130-160 euro) from Mahe once you are there you can rent bikes to explore the places.


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Praslin Island - I’m sure that will be one of your favourite places to visit .This is the home of the famous  Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve   and the coco de mer palm tree- the largest nut in the world.   The place is UNESCO HERITAGE   site and it is perfect for exploring the best of the Seychelles nature. Anse Lazio beach is an absolute must see. It is really wide clean white sand beach with crystal clear water, great for snorkeling; the colour of the water is even more beautiful than anywhere else.

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La Digue island – favourite place saved for last!  It is hard to describe the beauty and vibe to it. Absolutely divine out of this world! It will leave you speechless. I would say the most instagramble too. Really relaxed and quiet and brilliant for snorkeling, you can see a lot of different type of fishes here. You will have to pay an entrance to get to the beach (6 euro) but on top of that you will see the giant turtles and a coconut museum and old mills.

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Seven Rila Lakes in Bulgaria

 I thought i will write down few guidelines and inform you about some lovely Instagram worthy places to visit in my home country Bulgaria  . I've been living away in Ireland for the last 12 years and each time I go back to see my family and friends i  go on  short trips around the country . I love re-exploring it and finding new spots to see andto admire its unique  beauty. In this post i will focus on the  Seven Rila Lakes and why i think you should visit them.

                                                           Seven Rila Lakes  

views from the top 

views from the top 

 

 The lakes  are located around 90 km from Sofia. You can rent a car from 20 euros per day  but if you don't drive  transport to there is quite convenient.  Buses to Dupnitsa are  frequent  and cost 6 euro return ( to check  bus timetable go here : http://www.centralnaavtogara.bg/index.php#b 

I have circled how spell Dupnitsa on the site 

I have circled how spell Dupnitsa on the site 

 

 From there  buses to Separava Banya leave for Panichishte , the small village where the lakes are closest to  every hour ( 2,3 eu return ) .  You can either hike to Panichishte for around 1.5-2 hours or look for the mini bus that goes to the lakes ( 5 eu return) or a taxi  ( 10-25 eu return. There are also different guided day trip excursions from Sofia which i would recommend if you don't mind travelling with a group of people and having to go at the guide's pace and time frames. Prices are between 25-40 euro and  just for reference  of what can you expect from such tour  here is a link to a tour company that provides such services ( note that i  have not used them !  ) -http://sofiadaytours.com/tour.php?id=372. 

 

 The lakes are located between 2000-2500 above sea level and the best time to visit  is in the summer although you can do that all through the year once you have the right mountain equipment and clothes.  I visited the lakes when i was very young and again this  July. We rented a car , drove to Separava Banya which is a very quiet small village with a natural geyser  in central part of it . We Stayed there for the night and the next morning we head to Panichishte. I will just mention here if you do rent a car be extra vigilant when driving as  there is a culture of not following the road rules among Bulgarian people

Just in Separeva Banya 

Just in Separeva Banya 

The natural geyser in the heart of Separeva Banya 

The natural geyser in the heart of Separeva Banya 

 

 Once you reach Panichishte there is a lift that goes to the top of the mountain  where the start Seven Rila lakes is which costs 18 levs ( 9 euro ) each way . At the time we arrived it was stopped for maintenance  so we decided to hike all the way up from the bottom .

The start of the hike 

The start of the hike 

On the way you can stop to  Skavitsa Waterfalls if you wish ( we didn't )  , which is the highest in Rila Lakes. The hike to the top  of the lift is  moderately hard and is around  4-5 km long .   I also saw  there were jeep transfers  going up and down the mountain road which i would imagine  can  be arranged in  Panichishte . Once  we reached the top we stopped to refresh in  the hut located right next to the lift.  It wouldn't take a lot of effort  to reach the first five lakes as apart from a small hill at the beginning you are walking on  a straight path .  We stopped  at the 5th lake called The Kidney to have a picnic break.

took that photo on the way down , it is close to the hut area 

took that photo on the way down , it is close to the hut area 

we stopped here at the lake Kidney for a picnic break 

we stopped here at the lake Kidney for a picnic break 

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 I suggest you do the same  and recharge your batteries  as the road to the top is more difficult and steep . I  hike often  but  the air there is also  thinner so  had to stop few times to catch up on my breath. Should take  around an hour to reach the Haramiyata peak which is the ideal place to take  pictures  as  you have a clear visibility  and 360 o  views of all of the seven lakes .

views from the top 

views from the top 

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Overall it took us 24 km hike , 8 hours from the beginning and  to go back to our car as we decided to walk back on the way  down too   because the queues for the lift were enormous.    The views however  were by all means spectacular and breathtaking . They were worth every step and struggle and I definitely recommend you insert the Seven Rila lakes  in your travel itinerary if you are visiting Bulgaria and especially Sofia.  

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Taj Mahal Guide and tips

Last year i saw a picture of Taj Mahal on Instagram and was instantly blown away and stunned by its magnificence. It is no surprise it is one of the wonders of the world and it is one of the most visited places on the planet. The image resonated in my head and two months later I was on the route to visit it . I flew to Mumbai and then visited Udairpur and Delhi on the way , but i will put up a separate blog about it.

The image that caught my attention

The image that caught my attention

To visit Taj Mahal you need to go to the city of Agra . I travelled   to there from Delhi getting a very early 6 am shatabdi ( express )  train .  Having had my tickets booked in advanced the night beforefrom www.irctc.co.in   I found the train station quite busy but easy to get aroundeasy get around.  It costed around 555 rupees for a normal seat with first class costing double that. I have heard about people trying to scam you by sayingyour tickets are not valid pretending to be working there . I didn't come across any but do be aware of the possibility as they are supposed to hang around the entrance of the railstation.  The train was very fast , clean ,  air- conditioned and there were food and drinks on board included in the price .

It took a little over two hours to reach Agra , delays can be expected and are quite common.   I took an uber from Agra train station to my hotel and around 1 pm i headed to Taj Mahal by rickshaw as motor vechicles are not allowed very nearly the property to try prevent further pollution.  I'm unsure of the price but i think it was within the 50 rupees range. 

Things you should know about Taj Mahal

Gates

There are few entrances to Taj mahal . The western is the main gates and the queues are bigger. I got off at the eastern gate which is known to be less crowded. It took 10 mins walk to arrive at the ticket counters and on the way I was greeted by manyyoung children selling souveniors. I didn't mind but if you don't like being hassled it will probably annoy you. There are also golf cars and ponnys available to use if you don't fancy walking. 

Queues and Fees

For such a visited place i did not find the queues at the ticket area that big. The wait to get a ticket was less than 5 mins. It costed 1000 rupees ( 14 euros ) as I was of foreign nationality.  You get a free bottle of water and shoe cover as you are not allowed to wear shoes on the marble. If you do not chase a sunrise or sunset pictures i would be of an opinion that going after 11 am isa betterchoice to avoid long queues.

Guide

There were many people representing themselves as guides and photographers at the ticket gates. I read before that they are only 50-60 approaved guides. I guess i was lucky as I'm unsure if the person i picked was one of them but I was quite pleased with his service. For the price of 250 rupees he helped me skipped the queues , took pictures of me, fend off people asking me for money to take pics of me and provided very comprensive information about Taj Mahal. He knew the best spots and angles for taking nice shots and even had thought himself how to take optical ilussional pictures as the one below :

 

 

You can also pick up an audio guide at the counters for around 120 rupees

Opening hours

Have in mind that Taj Mahal is closed on Friday for viewing but local people can still attend prayers.  it is opened from sunrise to sunset .The Western and Eastern open at 6.00-6.30 am and the Southern opens at 8 a.m .

Security

Due to previous terrosts'  attacks and recent threats around India and as highly visited place the security around Taj Mahal is quite heavy and strict. The security check points are separate for men and women. They scan and seach your bag and if you have any food and other items that are not allowed such as mobile chargers , video cameras ,  tripods , knives ,  smoking and tabacco items and other drinks other than the water included in your price ticket.  I had a small pack of chewing gums in my bag and even that was taken:) . I didn't see any on the way but my guide told me there are avalaible lockers around the three gates for free if you carry any of those items or medium size travel bag and need to store them there.

Dress code

You are allowed to wear clothing of your choice as there is no dress code.  In general in India dressing appropiately to the culture with covering your legs and shoulders is advisable. I wore a long length dress and a satin shawl i bought in Delhi.

As it start raining very heavily after i entered inside I couldn't take many pictures and my visit was shorter than I had wished it was. Taj Mahal definetely lived up to my expectation and the hype and it was even more captivating in real. It is in my plans to go back there very soon and to see more of Agra as I had to leave very early next morning to catch my flight back from Delhi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trip to Blooming Lotus Yoga Retreat in Bali

After turbulent few years   in 2016 i finally start to get back on my feet and had saved enough to go  on some long distance  exotic holiday  that had  been  in my plans for a while. I start discussing it with my childhood best friend who  is a yoga teacher in Chicago and she decided to come with me . Picking up our destination was not difficult. Bali was on top of my bucket list and she really wanted to go on a yoga retreat. Those of you who are  interested in yoga probably already know that  the island is known for its spirituality and amazing yoga retreats places.

We found Blooming Lotus Retreat through a google search and it caught out attention with its cheap comparing to other places price and with the   fully five star reviews it had received.

They offer 4 and 7 days retreat options and as we could only spare around 8 days without our children we opted for the 4 days one.It costed 400 dollars per person  and  they offer  payment in installments - 200 dollars immediately and the rest 30 days before arrival. In the price was included  three nights in a luxury villa , 2 meals  daily , two yoga classes everyday , 2 yoga workshops , daily meditation  session and visiting one cultural event. Now i will mention that check ins are only on Sunday afternoon ( 5 pm ! )  and check outs on Wednesday morning ( 12 noon ) . It is actually like  having two fully days retreat  schedule and a cultural event trip  on Sunday and a yoga class on Wednesday.morning. They still offer the best value for money we could find there as their villas are   high 5 + standard and the service was exceptional. 

The place is situated in Ubud  an hour  drive away from Denpasar airport. The property can arrange pick up for 35 dollars upon  request in advance , if you grab a random taxi at the airport and negotiate  will cost slightly higher but similar price. We both arrived very late at night  , two days before our reservation there so we decided to stay  and recharge our batteries  in Kuta as we both had over 26 hours journey to Bali.

We both flew with Emirated to Dubai and boarded the same connection flight from there to Bali.

We both flew with Emirated to Dubai and boarded the same connection flight from there to Bali.

We left for Ubud  by taxi  with organizing with the driver to give us a little tour around the places on the way.It costed us 30 dollars ( 400 000 rupiahs )for the trip.  Note that  for Bali you will definitely need to exchange money before you arrive there and have cash as cards are not that widely accepted.

For that price we stopped on few places on the way such as Pantai Pandawa beach, lovely seafood restaurant situated in  a near beach, temple visit  ,the famous Kopi  Lawak coffee   plantation, which makes one of the most expensive coffee in the world and Turtle island near Benoa Beach.( 35 dollars extra )

Those lovely children informed us that in Pandawa beach you   say Hi and take pictures with strangers :) 

Those lovely children informed us that in Pandawa beach you   say Hi and take pictures with strangers :) 

we were the only tourists on the beach 

 

Some fish spa in Turtle Island near Benoa Beach.

Some fish spa in Turtle Island near Benoa Beach.

The staff asked me do i want to feed them so jumped in . I have changed my views since then and  have decided not to visit places where animals are kept in captivity.

The staff asked me do i want to feed them so jumped in . I have changed my views since then and  have decided not to visit places where animals are kept in captivity.

you need to cover your legs to visit the temples 

you need to cover your legs to visit the temples 

Two trees in a temple

Two trees in a temple

waiting to try the coffee in Luwak plantation.

waiting to try the coffee in Luwak plantation.

My favourite was the coconut coffee, i bought some for 250 000 Rupiah. i didn't know they make the coffee out of animal labour until i got there so if you are an animal supporter I would spare the visit.

My favourite was the coconut coffee, i bought some for 250 000 Rupiah. i didn't know they make the coffee out of animal labour until i got there so if you are an animal supporter I would spare the visit.

We arrived at Villa Ubud Corner 88 -a hotel made  of  luxurious villas , where the retreat was taking place. We were greeted with delicious  flavored coconut water and pandan juice pancake and a leaflet for the schedule for next few days  at the reception which is located on top of the property.

view from the reception

view from the reception

After a hassle free check in , we were escorted  by a golf car to our private villa which was two floors below  .

Our villa was large , made in modern  Balinese style  with air conditioner , two single beds , dressing room and huge shower and bathroom. We had a private infinity pool which offers a direct view to the tropical forest in the near distance. We shared that and an outdoor kitchen and living room facilities  with the residents of the other two rooms who were part of the retreat group . Along with that there is also a bigger  pool a floor below for everyone to enjoy.

view from my bed 

view from my bed 

Evening yoga by the pool

Evening yoga by the pool

The time had stopped , The larger pool had awesome tropical view

The time had stopped , The larger pool had awesome tropical view

We had breakfast and dinner included in the price. The food was strictly vegetarian which was great for my taste and preference   but if you are a meat lover you might see  this as a negative. Breakfast was nice but repetitive consisting of granola or muesli , fruit salad and yogurt. Dinners were made of indonesian cruisine three meals courses and were not very large in size but quite delicious options.

Amazing bunch of people.

Amazing bunch of people.

That was actually one of the girl's  lunch which were larger but  were similar  to dinners i - tufu , tempeh , rice ,tabouleh .

That was actually one of the girl's  lunch which were larger but  were similar  to dinners i - tufu , tempeh , rice ,tabouleh .

On the first evening we didn't have any yoga activities. Instead they had organised for  the whole retreat group to see a cultural event in Ubud. It consisted of some storytelling and traditional Balinese dance . I found it   quite fascinating and mesmerizing.

The following morning we started our first yoga class at 7.30 after being woken up  half an hour earlier by the staff  who gently rang a singing bowl around the villas. The yoga studio was located on the top floor next to the reception. There is a quite soothing calming feel to it with a fantastic view to the near river and jungle.

The teachers Ashley and Megan were very spiritual and knowledgeable and did their best to facilitate and adjust their classes for people who are on beginners level to yogi instructors. They thought us Asana practice and mediation and pranayama methods and breathing techniques. It was great  introduction  for people who were just getting the grasp of meditation and yoga. However for my friend as being a teacher poses were not much of a challenge. The workshops classes  who started at 11 am focused on helping us finding ways to integrate and incorporate yoga into our daily life and turn it into a way of lifestyle. The evening yoga and medidation  classes started at 5.30 pm  until 7 pm  followed by dinner. I discovered Yoga Nidra there and it has been part of my evening meditation practice ever since. For me the information i gathered there  set the foundation of spiritual enlightenment and self -healing. 

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Between the activities we had free time to use if we wanted to go back to sleep , lie down by the pool , explore Ubud and other  tourist activities .The hotel offers a free shuffle to Ubud. During our stay there we visited the local shops and restaurants , the rice terraces (  must see by all means if you are in Ubud )  and the magnificent  breathtaking Tegenungan waterfall. I would also recommend visiting the Monkey forest but be careful  with your possession as the monkeys are known to  get a bit  mischievous and steal them :) .

My time in Blooming Lotus Yoga  is still very special to me. It was eye opening and transforming in any way. Along with being with my best friend again , I met some amazing people  from the staff to worked there  to the locals and the rest of the residents in the villa. I would definitely recommend paying it a visit if you are looking for a great value for money yoga retreat , honeymoon spot or  just place to relax in peace and tranquility.  

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                                                     Edendeli