After a grueling 24 hour flight we landed in Denpensar and headed straight to the hotel. You can see Tanah Lot, a 15 th century Hindu temple in the background.
We arrived in the midst of the annual Galungan celebration (and just missing Nyepi - the day of silence - where, we were told, talking or walking about can earn you a day of detention in the community center and public shame). The Balinese were preoccupied with preparing pigs for sacrifice, decorating bamboo poles and making sweet rice cakes.
We took a wonderful tour of Bali’s interior, where we visited a stone quarry, the bamboo forest rice fields and remote villages in the shadow of Mount Batukaru.
We stopped in a village to have coffee with our fellow tourists and new friends, Nicolas and Benoit. They are from the Dijon region of France. We had a blast practicing our high school French and discovering a mutual love of music, good food and television dramas!
We had a bit of trouble with the Land Rover, but the guys gave it a good shove and we continued on…
After a short hike we all enjoyed a lovely meal among the Bamboo trees. The day was, to borrow a French phrase, incroyable .
We spent a lot of time simply enjoying the beauty of Bali.