Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Rock outcropings protect & dot the hugh harbor expanse to the bay...

Flowers grow everywhere in almost every household in Bali-every household temple must...

Rice terraces and coconuts in the background utilize the precious water until...

Typical mode of moving goods from area to area, here the women...

Fighting Cocks are colored for effect to show off the owner's prized...

A grandma and her charge in the communal temple in front of...

A closer look at the masks and carved ornaments for sale in...

Artfully scribed, colored & designed eggs (wood & real) for sale at...

"Cock of the roost" preparing for a challenge from a competitor (&...

A pink cousin to the red & yellow feathered cagelings nearby &...

Knotted, twisted & gnarly tree in the courtyard with family outbuildings behind

Guardian at the gates of the communal temple area with its daily...

A sheltered day resting platform by the sea looks quite refreshing for...

Ponds (with lillies) are favored among Balanease peoples

Newly planted rice plants in these terraces. Rice can be planted at...

A distinct domed Coppola of the Royal Family's residence's private quarters (the...

Very old doors carved from a single slab of wood but still...

Royal palace pond & buildings with ornate carved stone dragons, urns &...

Ellie decided to stay on the bus for this stop at the...

Each communal quarters has a gate or wooden entry that family usually...

Palace entrance guarded by 2 fierce defenders-colored cloth is unique to the...

Riverbed in the start of the "wet season" seen from a bridge...

"Exotic" dancers at our lunch in the Ramacandisas resort by the sea-very...

Cool wading pool and deeper end of swimming pool at the resort...

Male dancer entertaining us at lunch. Their dance & hand motions all...

Eye glances, movements & motions coordinated with hand & finger gestures tell...

Our supporting "band" of xylophone, drum, cymbal & flute players made the...

Xylophone section of the band, all in almost perfect sequence & rhythm

a "swinging" day bed by the ocean was great while both sides...

Thrashing of the rice stalks to separate the rice from the stalk...

Performers waiting for their ferry to some remote island nearby. Large ferries...

Bali welcomes its visitors with open arms and elaborate ceremony

One of Bali's active & largest volcanoes (most recent erruption was in...

Evening entertainment brought more "exotic" dancing, eye motions & hand movements in...

Dancer "prancing" around the stage, telling his story & us trying to...

Fast moving dances made it difficult to interpret meaning much less capture...

Did I say hand and finger motions & eye movement? Foot &...

This dance is said to be about 2 birds in a garden...

Royal character telling his story with all the eye, hand, foot ,...

All the cast members of the troupe line up for pictures with...

Cloudy, ominous sunrise to our 2nd day in Bali. Turned out to...

Debbie had to see what a rice plant looked like & was...

Magnificent statue in the center of the traffic circle. Most town traffic...

level of elevation between upper terraces & lower terraces of rice

The beginnings of statue characters for later celebrations. These forms will be...

Carved stone, Buddha's, Shiva's, Rama's, water structures & vases in the stone...

Ellie getting her reflexology session & loving it; when the section of...

Maybe enough said or did he leave out a word?

Young coconuts Ellie & Debbie wanted at a roadside fruit stand, our...

Ellie's a sucker for cute children selling almost anything at Dad's stall...

Pillars to the dock shelter adorned for the Balanese guests & welcoming...

Sunsets have been outstanding & this one is no exception over Bali,...


Day #1 in Bali! (not Bali Hai! it is beautiful in its own way, though). Our "twin sisters" followed us here (or could have been waiting for us all along-we slept so soundly from the exhausting excursion, yesterday). Again, we got up early for the early morning tour that started at 08:15 and was another bus ride around the island of Bali. This time the anchorage was in an adjacent bay & the tender ride was about 30 min. to get on our awaiting buses (after wading through the swarm of "hustlers & vendors," many of the same faces who had been on Lombok the day before).

After loading the buses,we rode another 30-45 min. up the mountains, passing rice paddies, coconut, mango & banana production (bananas grow like weeds here but the sweet bananas are farmed & harvested) & then to an old Temple that families lived in their respective sections & sold goods behind their "store fronts," where they made the items they sold in the courtyard, raised their families and took care of the temple. It is a very family, communal living arrangement, that keeps the temple & families together. Our mobile "vendors" followed us to this temple on their scooters & were supervised by uniformed "police" offices, that "moved on" the swarm when one of us didn't stop to buy what they were selling or even look. I think the "mobile vendors" were tolerated enough but were redirected elsewhere when it looked like they were cutting into the Temple's business of tourism & selling to tourists inside their walls. Ellie & Debbie stayed on the bus, with only Ellie getting out for a brief while to look at some baskets & other items from the "storefront vendors" at the Temple. They got back on the air conditioned bus quickly when the "mobile hustlers" began to swarm them. I took pictures & didn't stop to barter (in hindsight I should have helped the "temple" storefront vendors-they were the more worthy & respectful business owners).

We stayed only about 30-45 minutes & proceeded to our next venue a public park built by another King that wanted the public to enjoy the grounds & water features of the royal family (their residential area was walled off from the public). The private areas that were adjacent, had gardens & wedding areas for the royal children, including private quarters for the newly wedded couple & the kings "harem," living in the same quarters. It was pleasing to see that this Royal shared his visions of sharing the beautiful gardens, pools, ponds & fountains that were built for the citizens of his kingdom (& his own royal family).

The last stop was to a Oceanside resort that was also a featured stop for a tour that we (& many others) could not get reservations for. We had a quick lunch while a local dance group & accompanying "band" performed for us. After an hour & half our tour was getting ready to leave, so we asked the operator if we could stay & get back to the ship on our own (rent a vehicle/taxi). We wanted to stay longer at the "beach" resort (that had no beach but was on the Ocean & had a great pool), enjoy the pool & rest in the chaises & swinging beds. All the comforts of food, drink, showers, changing rooms & toilets were available, so this was agreeable that we stayed. After about 2 hours the other tour was getting ready to leave & the tour operator asked us if we wanted to ride back in an "extra" mini-SUV. This was a moment of opportunity that we didn't expect, so we took advantage of the offer & returned back to the ship about an hour earlier than we had planned for.

Have to stop for now-getting late!

Photos & journal entry will be posted soon, enjoy the mental images of paradise, tropical breezes (heat & humidity), blue waters and exotic dancers & temples (& you will be close to the actual pictures of Indonesian Islands & lands).

Day #2 in Bali: Early morning meant 08:00 (8 am) so we could be on the docks to hire a driver that spoke English & would take us to several places on the Island & be with us all day. We were able to negotiate a driver & mini-SUV for $30.00 (usually what we wanted would cost $60.00 but because of the drastic decline in tourism, the high numbers of competitors & the world wide reduction of "spendable" cash-including our own-we got a reasonable deal). We wanted to go to the woodcarvers & silversmiths cities & a beach, if possible. Our driver took us by the scenic route & we saw much of Balinese life in the mountains, near the beach & in the countryside. What an enjoyable experience! I know the girls wanted to go to the beach so bad but there was an "itch" that needed to be scratched: shopping! We stopped at one woodcarver store but all we saw in most of the stores was furniture, not items or artifacts & the silversmith city of Celec was stores of finely fashioned earrings, rings and bracelets (nothing of what we wanted).

Off to the "resort area" where our driver said many stores & shopping could be done. We went to an area near the Hyatt beach resort but never saw the beach because Debbie was distracted by stores along the street that had some fabric she wanted to get. It was SO HOT that shopping was done only by the most determined or fanatic shopper. Ellie had spotted a massage/reflexology store that said "one hour reflexology" for $14.00 (turned out that the real price was less than $15.00! for 2 half hour neck & back massages & 1 hour reflexology). This took all our allotted time to be back to the docks by 16:00 (4 pm). The extra 45 min.s gave Ellie & Debbie time to scratch the shopping "itch" by "beating up (or down)" the "mobile" vendors. As they said: "it was more fun than a barrel full of monkeys."

We got back in time to get a cold drink & enjoy the air conditioning before going to the upper deck fantail to have dinner as we sailed away to our next port of call: Semarang, Indonesia, arriving at 18:00 (6 pm) tomorrow. Until then, dream of coconut & banana trees, warm breezes and blue skies & seas, rice paddies, exotic dancers and faraway pacific islands & you will be with us in mind & spirits (and through the "eyes" of photos posted).

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



Advertisement
OperationEyesight.com
Entry Rating:     Why ratings?
Please Rate:  
Thank you for voting!
Share |