BALI

 

 

Dream Destination…

BALI

 There is no place like Bali. There is no place like Bali. There is no place like Bali.

Ok…Maybe New Zeeland but that’s another post ;).

I have dreamed of going to Bali for over 20 years so when the day finally arrived I was a bit scared of being disappointed. That I had blown this little island right out of proportion in my head. But, No!

Bali was all I ever fantasized about and more. The only thing that bugged me was that we didn’t have more time. I could have stayed forever…

Sanur

Our visit started in Sanur which is known to be family friendly because of the reef that stops the waves (and surfers) from crashing in. Sanur is this tranquil place where our hearts could calm down at the beach while every adventure, like speedboat, jet ski, diving, shops and people are just a few streets up, within reach.

We indulged in Young Coconut, fresh fruit, mocktails (non-alcoholic drinks), wonderful food and live music.

Ubud

For those of you who love culture – food, dance, theatre, wooden carvings, history, medicine men, jungle, volcanos, hiking, rice fields and let’s not forget those scenes from the movie Eat Pray Love, then Ubud is a must. When in Ubud all activities are close by and seemingly everyone wants to help you experience as much as is humanly possible.

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana, a philosophy within Hinduism, which means “Three ways to reach spiritual and physical well-being”. Those three ways points to three harmonious relationships between humans and humans, humans and their environment, and humans with The Supreme God. The Monkey Forest in Ubud creates peace and harmony for its visitors as well as conserving its inhabitants, mostly The Long Tailed Monkey, and rare plants.

The Volcano, Mount Batur. You can have lunch overlooking the volcano and its amazing surroundings or you can get up at 2 am in the morning and climb it, with a guide, and reach its peak at sunrise where you can fry an egg on the smoking hot crater for breakfast.

Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring is a temple and funeral complex from the 11th-century. It comprises 10 rock-cut shrines that are carved into the cliff reaching 7 meters high. These funeral monuments are known to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. To get there you have to walk over two hundred stairs down (and then up) but it is well worth the effort.

Tegallalang –The Magical Rice Terraces.

About half an hour north of Ubud you can stand in this ocean of green, lush, sprawling rice terraces and standing there you’d know you wouldn’t want to miss this for the world.

Are you a good at bargaining? Or maybe you need to practise your skills? The best place either way is the Art Market in Ubud.

Just walking up and down the streets is a cultural experience where all your senses will get a taste of Bali.

 

Canggu

We made just a quick two-day visit to Canggu which is an up-and-coming resort area by the coast situated between Seminyak and Tanah Lot. The sand here is black and the waves draw many happy surfers.

Dreamland Beach

You know those photos you see in magazines of a picture perfect Paradise. Well, that’s Dreamland Beach, Uluwatu, in real life. Our days spent here on the beautiful white beach listening and seeing the azure coloured waves rolling in and out was absolutely heavenly. I could not have asked for more.

Bali was a dream come true. I could go on for at least another 10 pages full of pictures, places, how wonderful the people are and the amazing experiences that we had on Bali. And also how sad it is that plastic is floating up on the beaches really shows how much of an environmental problem it has become.

I think you just have to go there yourself and create your own blissful holiday and make memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

We know ours will.

Thank you,

CW & JH

–Bali October 2017

 

Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. A hidden Gem.

ACOMA PUEBLO

And a hidden gem.

To my mind, Acoma is an exotic and a magical place.

I visited Acoma about fifteen years ago when I stayed for a while in Albuquerque. Acoma is 65 miles straight west of the city, about 100 km.

You arrive at a tourist center and a shuttle will take you up onto the flat top of the Mesa where Indians live and work. They are well-known for their fine pottery. You may follow a guided tour and learn about the Pueblo people´s culture. The place is still very authentic American Indian.

If you are interested in the history in the Native Americans there is much written on the Internet.  There is quite a lot about Acoma and the Mesa in New Mexico.

A visit to Acoma is a very unusual experience and pleasant. And for most people anyway an unexpected meeting with a very different culture.

I have a small collection of Native American  pottery, that I have bought in Arizona, New Mexico and at the Brass Amadillo Antique Mall  (well worth a visit!) in Wheat Ridge by Denver,Colorado. Also at an auction in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Have a great day

S