Monday, July 12, 2010

Bali

I wanted to share some of my favorite photos from our Bali trip before it becomes a far too distant memory. We were blown away by the hospitality of the Balinese people and the beauty of their land. We spent the first leg of our trip in Nusa Dua beach, on the southeastern tip of the island and the second half of our trip in Ubud, known for it's jungle, rice paddies and artist's villages. Also famous from Eat, Pray, Love, but more on that later.

We spent every day in Nusa Dua in one of these bales (pronounced ballet) overlooking the beach. It was a great way to quickly recover from the jet lag!


We trekked out to Uluwatu to see the temple and watch a traditional Balinese Kecak dance at sunset.

The gates looking into the temple.


The entry way into our hotel villa in Ubud.


This was our view from our villa terrace. Everyday we watched the monkeys play in the ravine. It was spectacular!




Ancient temples abound in Ubud.


I couldn't get over the gorgeous mossy patina that was everywhere on the island.


A traditional Balinese dance.


The dances were more like plays in that they came complete with wonderfully elaborate costumes!

Rice paddies at dusk.

The monkeys at the Ubud Monkey Forest were fascinating to watch. This guy reminded me of Navy.

I have to say, the highlight of my trip was a chance meeting with Ketut Liyer, the Balinese healer, famous from the book Eat, Pray, Love. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures, but I do have his business card. He still says "Happy to meet you" and "See you later, alligator" to this day.


My photos and descriptions hardly do Bali any justice. It was breathtakingly beautiful, intimately hospitable and astonishingly magical all rolled into one. Definitely the trip of a lifetime.



2 comments:

Ann said...

The pictures take your breath away. What a wonderful experience.

Jingger A. said...

OMG! Ketut Liyer's Business Card! =)

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