24.06.2016 - 25.06.2016 30 °C
Just spent two days touring and photographing Bali. Adrian had us in fits of laughter one early morning when we left our hotel room to meet our driver when he exclaimed "I forgot my teeth"!
A lovely sunrise at Sanur on Friday morning and a afternoon tour to Padang Padang beach followed by sunset at Uluwatu temple - a small temple perched high on a cliff over the open ocean. A cheeky monkey leapt onto Monique's face and pinched her sunglasses. Luckily there was a well prepared tour guide there ready to retrieve hats and glasses with a bag of bananas. Proving too tempting to the monkey, the monkey dropped the glasses in favour of the banana.
Miss T and Monique had a 'fish spa' where fish eat the dead skin layer on your feet. Amazing - wish they could do this to my entire leg!
Another early get up on Saturday morning much to the dismay of Miss T to tour with a photographic guide. He took us back to Sanur where we got to photograph the classic long boats. Unfortunately the tide was not quite low enough to get those classic shots, but will be testing Monique's photoshop skills to see what she can pull off! Our guide had organised a retired fisherman to throw his fishing net so we could photograph him in the early morning light. Amazing! We then visited another stunning rice terrace, followed by a river dam where 4 boys performed their 'water' show. Throwing water in unison on the count of three made for terrific photographs. Our tour was extended at the suggestion of our guide to visit a Padanas leaf fighting festival in the village of Tenganan. Men armed with a woven small 'shield' and beat each other with the thorny pandanas leaves. The scratches and cuts are apparently healed by turmeric and salt - ouch! The visit to Tenganan was made all the more thrilling for the Wheary Travellers when the driver said he couldn't park very close the village and summoned three motor scooter riders to take us there. No time for Miss T to protest we straddled the motorcycle and scootered our way through the village.