We found the opportunity to have a last farewell to beautiful Bali before departing for a very different island, Karimun Jawa.
We hired a car for the day with our friends from Fruit de Mer, Anne-Mieke and Gerrit and took off early to see as much as we could in one day.
First stop was for breakfast up in the hills opposite the Hindu Tabanan Water Temple. Higher up, the air was wonderfully cool and as we climbed upwards we had noticed lots of stalls selling mouth-wateringly plump red strawberries. We were all very pleased to discover strawberry pancakes on the menu for breakfast!
There was a big festival on at the temple – to bring blessings for the harvest – so we couldn’t go to the inner temple but it was lovely to watch everyone filing into pray and we enjoyed walking through the grounds by the tranquil lake.
We made a slight diversion to see some unimaginably green rice paddies that have been declared a heritage area by UNESCO.
We then travelled towards the famous town of Ubud, stopping on the way at the Monkey Forest where hundreds of cheeky monkeys entertain hundreds of tourists every day.
Quite apart from the monkeys, the forest itself is very attractive with some beautiful trees, streams, ponds and statues.
After a wander round Ubud and lunch overlooking some rice paddies we made our way home stopping to buy strawberries on the way home, feeling sad that this would be our last day in Bali.
4 thoughts on “Farewell Beautiful Bali”
Ubud and Sidemen are my favourite places in Bali. As I have been visiting there for 36 years on a regular basis I can truly say the culture, colour and creativity of Bali is extraordinary. One always feels happy there and you can always find a smile smiling back at you. It is a very special place that becomes closer and closer to oaradise with each return visit. Thanks for the pics and words of wonder. Cheers Bronwyn
Sorry I didn’t reply to your comment Bronwyn – I’m afraid I got a bit behind and then forgot! Yes, Bali is brilliant but always more crowded every time we visit. There are still magical places that are less visited if you make the effort to find them.
Really enjoyed hearing about your visit to Bali and reminisce with George, remembering that we were in Ubud thirty six years ago!! Love Sally xx
Thanks Sally – Ubud would be very crowded compared with 36 years ago but Bali is still very special and there are plenty of quiet spots to find!