Sunday, April 22, 2012

Finale: Bali

We arrived in Bali in the evening and were transferred to our accommodations in Ubud, down an alley barely a vehicle wide. Yes, it really was that narrow.

We explored and shopped around Ubud. In the evening we went to a Kecak Dance (otherwise known as a Fire Dance, a traditional performance with a firewalk as the finale). 

The next day we took a 25 km bike ride from the Batur volcano back toward Ubud through villages and rice paddies. Not as difficult as it sounds, 90% was down hill. We visited a coffee plantation, a typical village home, a rice paddy and on the short drive back to Ubud a stop for lunch and a visit of the Ubud Monkey Forest. 

Day 3 we continued our exploring of Ubud visiting an art museum, galleries and more shops. We also found our favorite restaurant, Cafe Wayan where we had lunch and dinner.

On Sunday we moved on to the beach at Legian. Enroute we visited Tanoh Lot, a temple dedicated to the guardian spirits of the sea. The temple itself is said to be guarded from evil by the sea snakes that inhabit the caves below. The site is accessible only at low tide, and quite spectacular  with the surf creating towering sprays along the rocky coast. This is another one of those places Pat dreamed of visiting ever since first reading of it.  And, yes, again it exceeded her imagination in beauty.  Please note, we're quite sure it's not that Pat's imagination is so limited, Tanah Lot and Borobudur are just that inspirational / beautiful / spectacular.

We arrived at our hotel in the early afternoon. After a seafood lunch (pomfret for Pat & swordfish for Bill), Pat played in the surf while Bill relaxed by the pool. 

Today, Monday, we make our return journey, departing Bali at 4pm and arriving in SFO at 10pm, with 17 hours flight time and 4 hours layover in Hong Kong. 

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