Hi to all the Bali forumites
As some of you know,I was supposed to be in Paris for NYE and then today with my son there for his birthday but Garuda was responsible for my being in Bali instead! I swapped the Seine for Echo Beach! It's a long story and I won't go into it here but I have to say I prefer the weather in Bali! I did have a French family staying with me so did the 'Bonne Annee' and the much cheek kissing anyhow !
As my being here was a last minute thing it was hard to find any of my favourite restaurants that were not booked out so we ended up at The Beach House at Echo Beach which ended up being the perfect choice as we had 2 young boys with us. The atmosphere was fantastic, the food was good and very reasonably priced. The 5 of us ate and drank for just over 1 million rupiahs which was great value for NYE. Hats and 'trumpets' were provided and the staff were brilliant, efficient and as friendly as always. The place was packed.
The downside to NYE (and the week before) in Bali is the
unsupervised lighting of fireworks absolutely anywhere. A strong wind blew up last night and quite a few idiots were lighting rockets about 2 meters from some tables at the restaurant and sparks were flying back into the crowd. It was an accident waiting to happen,which it didn't, fortunately. Where does common sense go on nights like this?
The previous night we ate at Nirvana, where we always have good food, and some people sent lit rockets up in the middle of Jl Laksmana - 1 went wrong and very nearly started a fire. It rocketed horizontally down the jam- packed street! Idiots!
As I write this, at midday, there are still fireworks being lit in the rice paddies nearby!
Despite all this it was a great NYE and I wish all here 'Selamat Tahun Baru' from Bal!Edited: 01 January 2011, 04:04