23 June 2017

The blue hour


More beauty from the beaches of Gili Air. I hope you've enjoyed this time in Indonesia - both Bali and Gili. Next week we'll move on Cambodia.

More skies can be found at Skywatch. Photo taken in December 2016.

22 June 2017

Island living


Breakfasting right on the beach is not such a bad way to start the day! You an follow it up with a sunbath or a snorkel. Photo taken in December 2016.

21 June 2017

Respekt


Indonesia is a Muslim majority country (except Bali), so on Gili Air there were signs everywhere warning not to walk through the village in your swimsuit. I understand the message, but the wording in German is pretty funny. It's Wednesday again, you'll find more signs here. Photo taken in December 2916.

20 June 2017

Pastel hues


The sunsets were a modest, pastel affair in Gili Air. The island in the distance is Lombok. Photo taken in December 2016.

19 June 2017

Getting around in Gili


After seeing all the sights Bali had to offer, it was time for some sun and sand. We took the fast boat over to Gili Air. It's a tiny island paradise, just 1.73 square kilometers! These mule-drawn carts were a popular way to get from the boat landing to your hotel as cars and motorized vehicles are not allowed on the island.


Here's a look at one in the flesh! Most hotels also offered bicycles to their guests. In about 10 - 20 minutes, you can cover the whole island. It's Monday again and more murals can be found here. Photos taken in December 2016.

16 June 2017

Sunrise


Another highlight of my time in Bali was the pre-dawn trek up Mount Batur to see the sunrise. You climb the 1,717 meters in almost darkness, with only a flashlight to guide you. However, the beautiful scenery bathed in dawn light is certainly worth it. It's Friday and you'll find more skies at Skywatch. Photo taken in December 2016.

15 June 2017

More Balinese dance


 Balinese dance is not limited to women. The men also have an important role to play, such as this silly dragon. He was being goaded on by a naughty monkey.


These men were courtiers to the king. By royal decree - you've got to keep your smile up.


And you can't forget the musicians. The music is very special, an integral part of the spectacle. Photos taken in December 2016.

14 June 2017

Girls and Boys


I love seeing different toilet signs around the world. This pair in traditional Balinese costume were especially pleasing to my eye. More signs can be found here. Photo taken in December 2016.

13 June 2017

Traditional Balinese dance


One of the highlights to my visit in Bali was the traditional dance show. It is so fantastically expressive! 


Intricate finger movements and eye expressions are used to convey the stories behind the dances. Women train from a young age to become Legong dancers, it takes years to master the minute and precise movements. Photos taken in December 2016.

12 June 2017

Friendly faces, part four


Another of the many friendly faces to be found in Bali. This one was in Ubud. Photo taken in December 2016.

09 June 2017

Ready for harvest


A look at ripe rice. We saw people harvesting in the adjacent field - it's hard, manual labor. More reflections can be found here. Photo taken in December 2016.

08 June 2017

Temple


The temples in Bali are always so beautifully decorated. 

 
Women come in the mornings to add fresh flowers and offerings to the statues. It's a very interesting practice, apparently it helps to appease the spirits. Photos taken in December 2016.

07 June 2017

Culinary delights


Good food was not in short supply in Bali, from local specialties like vegetarian lawar to sweet dumplings to traditional mi goreng, everything was delicious! 


And of course no afternoon is complete without a little coffee boost. The Balinese have taken some tips from the Viennese by serving it on a little tray with embellishments. Photos taken in December 2016.

06 June 2017

Piece of paradise


The view from our hotel room in Ubud, Bali. The city was made famous by Elizabeth Gilbert's book, Eat, Pray, Love. It was one of my favorite stops on our tour of Southeast Asia. I'd love to go back someday. Photo taken in December 2016.

05 June 2017

Friendly faces, part three


Coffee growing is one of Bali's main industries. So naturally there are plenty of cafes all around the island serving up the delicious drink.


On this particular day, I decided to try my brew on ice. It was served with a beautiful Balinese smile, just the way I like it! Photos taken in December 2016.

02 June 2017

Rice fields


There is an abundance of beautiful rice fields in Bali.


Naturally, I took an abundance of photos of them during my recent trip there! More skies can be found at Skywatch. Photos taken in November 2016.

01 June 2017

Holy pair


As most of the population of Bali are practicing Hindus, this bovine mother and child are considered holy. Photo taken in December 2016.

31 May 2017

Ornate door


I couldn't resist stopping for a shot of this decorative door in Bali. There's something I like about the contrast between this entrance and its surroundings. I also didn't notice the tiny stop sign to the right until I opened it on my computer. A nice detail. More signs can be found here. Photo taken in December 2016.

30 May 2017

Friendly faces, part two


I told you friendly faces can be found everywhere in Bali. Here's one found in Ubud. Photo taken in December 2016.

29 May 2017

Pirates in Bali?


Fans of The Pirates of the Caribbean are widespread, they can even be found in Ubud, Bali! More murals from around the world can be found here. Photo taken in December 2016.

26 May 2017

Echo beach


A visit to the famed Echo Beach was a must! If you've never heard the song by Martha and the Muffins, it's time to change that.


While most people picture Bali filled with beautiful white sand beaches, quite a few of them are black. Despite what you might think, the sand was incredibly soft. I do hope to get back to Echo Beach someday. Photos taken in November 2016.

25 May 2017

Evening catch


A group of young men were fishing at Tanah Lot. I'm not sure how this one could turn his back to the beautiful colors in the sky behind him. Photo taken in November 2016.

24 May 2017

Land in the Sea


Tanah Lot is one of the most popular temples to visit in Bali. It is a small rock island that is only easily accessible during the low tide. Visitors flock here at sunset to receive a blessing with the holy waters of the site.


Of course, the beautiful views and sunset are also a big draw.


I always try to take pictures of the signs, so I don't forget where I was later! More signs can be found here. Photos taken in November 2016.

23 May 2017

Pretty in pink


I can never resist bright bougainvillea! Photo taken in November 2016.

22 May 2017

Friendly face


One of the many friendly faces you'll find in and around Bali! Photo taken in November 2016.

19 May 2017

Pure gold


Here's the real reason why so many people flock to Uluwatu on the southern tip of Bali - the fantastic sunsets! Seeing that beautiful color made the trip worth it. More skies can be seen here. Photo taken in November 2016.

18 May 2017

Vista


The views from the temple are what brings most of the tourists here. It's breathtaking. Photo taken in November 2016.

17 May 2017

Uluwatu temple


Many people make the trek southward to Uluwatu for the fantastic sunset views in the evening. However, the temple in itself is well worth discovering. Though Indonesia as a country is majority Muslim, the island of Bali is Hindu. Depictions of Ganesh, Shiva and other Gods are abundant throughout the island.


Uluwatu temple is a holy site and many people come to pray and make offerings.


Here's a bit of information on the temple. More signs can be found here. Photos taken in November 2016.

16 May 2017

Enjoying the view


This monkey was keeping a sharp eye on the tourists. Anything that is left unattended for even a moment can easily become property of the monkey. The tourists were watching the more interesting sights, the sea and the sunset. Photo taken in November 2016.

15 May 2017

Welcome to Bali


After a couple of weeks of intense culture in Vietnam, it was time for some relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Bali, Indonesia. This one was in the southeast area of the island in Sanur. Photo taken in November 2016.

12 May 2017

Life on the mighty Mekong


I took a daytrip from Saigon to the Mekong Delta. One day is really not enough to really get to see it all, but at least to get a taste of life on the river.


Houses are built to withstand changes in the water level. The river can rise and fall several meters during the rainy season.


There are also floating markets. Most of what's available is fruits, vegetables and the like. This woman had apples on offer. 

Photos taken in November 2016.

11 May 2017

Post colonial


French architectural influences can still be found in today's Saigon. This is the facade of the former post office. 


It's now a shopping hall. You'll see our old friend, Mr. Ho Chi Minh, thoughtfully watching over visitors. 

Photos taken in November 2016.

10 May 2017

Delivery


Everything is transported by scooter in Vietnam. Really, everything. Photo taken in November 2016.

09 May 2017

Looking out


Looking out onto the plaza in front of the Catholic church in Saigon. You're never alone in Southeast Asia! Photo taken in November 2016.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...