Greetings from Bali!
Here are two of my favorite dining establishments in Ubud…..the view from Taksu (spa, dining, classes, gardens and paths) and Indus (overlooking deep jungles and ravines) where Sherry and I had a lovely catch-up dinner accompanied by Latin music.
I saw my first changing table yesterday at a popular expat restaurant.
“My” STARBUCKS is on the site of the Water Palace where I watched workers remove a MASSIVE tree. They climb in bare feet and utilizie small hatchets, somehow getting the job done under the hot rays of the afternoon sun.
Bali is changing rapidly, noticeable even in the last three years of my visits. Everything is under construction and, unfortunately, not supported by appropriate infrastructure. Even if it is available, most don’t use it so there’s a great deal of concern about the future of this beautiful island and it’s culture. The people finally have an opportunity to earn money and everyone is attempting to do so. Most children graduating H.S. go on to further education…..in the tourist industry. Learning English increases their probability of a higher level of employment.
Yesterday a good portion of my day was spent at the Blanco Museum. The artist, Antonio Blanco, came to Bali in 1952, making a name for himself with royalty and celebrities. He built a mansion overlooking the Campuan Ridge, now converted to a museum featuring his work. The grounds, buildings and bird park are more impressive (to me) than his art but it was time well spent.
It’s a long walk from my home stay to Blanco and there’s much to digest. A high school letting out….already mid morning. A sweet tea was enjoyed overlooking Campuan Ridge.
The birds and flowers at Blanco were breathtaking.
This may be my last post before flying home. It’s been a lovely visit and will provide me with many wonderful memories in the future.
Thanks for following my journey.