A Detailed Look at Bali

This morning I woke up with Bali on my mind. My annual trip is long overdue: I find myself longing for her culture and people. The attention to detail, the generosity and warmth of the Balinese people and their daily artistic endeavours are the things I love most. Look closely and you will see so much more than the tourist veneer.cheap Jewellery, Sanur, Bali

A cheap trinket looks so inviting on a tanned Balinese arm.

Tempeh and gado gado, Pemuteran, Northern Bali
Tempeh and gado gado, Pemuteran, Northern Bali

Simple meals invite the eye and stimulate the appetite. The detailed presentation is reminiscent of  the Balinese ritual of Canang Sari.

Fresh flowers daily at Taman Sari, Pemuteran
Fresh flowers daily at Taman Sari, Pemuteran

Flowers arrive daily, as if by magic, brightening the verandah. A new day always begins with flowers.

This post is in response to the Daily Post’s theme Details. Not macro for me, just detailed.

 

 

40 thoughts on “A Detailed Look at Bali”

  1. Beautiful. I confess to having never been there, put off by by cheap package tourists from OZ. I know there is another side, one I would really appreciate, your photos reinforce that. Hope you’re feeling better

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    1. Thanks Sandra, I need to get away and hope I can recover by next Sunday for a month in Vietnam, then a rest in my Bali ( not the tourist one ) I’ll spare you the details of the illness- Melbourne’s winter doesn’t suit me at all.

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  2. One of the blessings of living in Far North Queensland is that we share so much of Asian flora, ability to grow a plethora of Asian greens,herbs and spices in lush abundance and shop at our road-side Vietnamese organic fresh produce stalls. Nothing, however, beats the charm, culture and cuisine of being in-situ in your favourite Asian villages.
    Francesca and Mr T – you just indulge for all of us and enjoy. We’ll be thinking of all your sensors being fully stimulated and just wish we could be with you for a few Asian delights.

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    1. Thanks Peter. Can’t wait. And one day, we will come up and indulge in the Asian side of Far North Queensland, something that I only touched upon briefly last year up there.

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  3. I find Queensland people have a liking for Asian food more than the Melbourne folk who love their Mediterranean food. It could be a different country as far as I’m concerned – it’s like chalk and cheese. One must love heat a lot to live up there and love water activities to fit in. I found it very hard to get an authentic Italian tasting pizza in Qld and if I did it cost me about $25 for a medium size. The only place to get a decent pizza is at the Gold Coast! To me chicken and potato gems on a pizza is not authentic. We are headed to the GC soon for 3 weeks anyway and can’t wait to get some sunshine. Take care in Bali Francesca and I hope your illness disappears soon – mum told me about it. I hate winter!!!

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  4. When I visited Oz, I stopped in Fiji on my way home. I’ve always thought that when I return to Oz, I’d stop at Bali after I depart. You’ve said nothing to dissuade me, Francesca. If anything, you’ve strengthened my resolve. 🙂

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  5. I’m looking at an Indonesian cruise at the moment with Holland America (MS Volendam). It travels through most of the main cities in Indonesia leaving Singapore, Tanjung Priok, Semarang, Java, Surabaya, Komodo Is, Lombok, Benoa (Bali) and Probolinggo then sails back to Melbourne. The duration is about 15 days. Very interested in this one as I’ve never been there before and it’s only about $2,700 all up.. It leaves end of January from Singapore flying there via Qantas. Also would love to go to Tibet and see their culture. Their MoMo’s are a big incentive! Has anyone got any advice on these places?

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      1. Are these places attractive because we will spend whole days disembarked in different cities if we go. I have to go by boat these days because of my back. You can just leave your suitcases onboard and not have to drag them around with you. If I need to lie down at any time I can.

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        1. I think you can expect to be surprised by Indonesia – I’m heading to Surabaya again soon and look forward to it each time. The progressive woman mayor has led a green revolution in the city. But it’s hard to set up the reality against what you might expect … if you’re prepared to go with the flow you’ll love it.

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