Benoa, Bali, Indonesia

2018 HAL World Cruise

Tuesday & Wednesday, February 26 & 27, 2018

 

There is a reason Tropical Paradise movies of the 1940s and 50s were set in Bali.  It is a wonderfully exotic, beautiful, and mysterious place.  Temples, rice paddies, coffee plantations abound.  Wood carvings, batik clothing, delicious but unfamiliar fruit, water sports and friendly people are a staple.  It has been our good fortune to visit many times.  So, I am using a collage of photos from several trips to illustrate haw lovely this particular Indonesian island is!

Sailing into Bali
Sailing into Bali
Entering the harbor at Bali
Entering the harbor at Bali
The Passenger Terminal at the Port of Benoa, Bali.
The Passenger Terminal at the Port of Benoa, Bali.
The ship was greeted by musicians and dancers on the dock.
The ship was greeted by musicians and dancers on the dock.
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Those of the crew native to Indonesia are bringing their families on board for tours and to spend the day!
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Markets are readitly available at the terminal. But the prices are actually better in the mall!
However, shopping is shopping and I'm always game to at least look!
However, shopping is shopping and I’m always game to at least look!
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It is really too hot to do this! But everyone gives it a try. We know everyone did because the dining room at dinner was filled with Batik shirts all purchased at the market! $5 was the hawked price; but $15 was closer to the truth for the “good stuff”
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Statuary like this is a common sight at roundabouts along the roads. This photo was taken on the road to Ubud.
The Batuan Temple
The Batuan Temple
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Here we are, dressed in the required attire for temple viewing at Batuan Temple. The outfits are mandatory and provided for a nominal rental fee.
Terraced Rice Paddies outside Ubud
Terraced Rice Paddies outside Ubud
Shopping is available across the street from the terraced rice paddies.
Shopping is available across the street from the terraced rice paddies.
Shopping is also available at the market in Ubud.
Shopping is also available at the market in Ubud.
Street view seen on the way to Ubud
Street view seen on the way to Ubud
Detail of a community center building.
Detail of a community center building.
Here's a roundabout with a statue of Rama in its center.
Here’s a roundabout with a statue of Rama in its center.
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Denonstration of the Luwak cleaning and preparation process for coffee at the local plantation. Civets are mandatory for this form of coffee. No, I will not explain–you’ve gotta look this up to believe it! Google it!!!
A flight of teas and coffee for us to sample.
A flight of teas and coffee for us to sample.
Two turtle doves at the mask gallery in Mas.......
Two turtle doves at the mask gallery in Mas…….
.......with their eggs!
…….with their eggs!
Returning to the MS Amsterdam at the end of the day.
Returning to the MS Amsterdam at the end of the day.
Time to reboard for our pending departure.
Time to reboard for our pending departure.
Home sweet home
Home sweet home
The view from our dockage in Benoa.
The view from our dockage in Benoa.
We are very near the airport.
We are very near the airport.
Waving goodbye to the joys of Bali.
Waving goodbye to the joys of Bali.

Next, we are looking forward to a trip down memory lane while we revisit the Philippines.

Fremantle/Perth, Western Australia

2018 HAL World Cruise

Wednesday and Thursday, February 21 & 22, 2018

 

Fremantle is the port city for Perth which is the capital of Western Australia.  Both cities sit on the Swan River; Perth at the head and Fremantle at the mouth to the Southern Ocean.  Not only a vibrant port city, Fremantle is also a college town and famous for its fascinating maritime and convict history as well as its heritage buildings.  Established May 2, 1829 by Captain Charles Fremantle and settled by the first contingent of immigrants in June of 1829, it was declared a city in 1929.  The capital city, Perth, began in August 1829.  The first convicts arrived in Fremantle on June 1, 1850.  But it was the Western Australia gold rush of the late 1800s that transformed both Fremantle and Perth into bustling centers of trade.  The wealth generated during this period resulted in the beautiful Victorian buildings that are so admired today.  During WWII, Fremantle was the home of the largest base for Allied submarines in the Southern Hemisphere. Up to 125 US subs operated out of Fremantle until the Americans moved forward to the Philippines.

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On the dock in Fremantle, Western Australia where the shopping mall is directly across the street and accessible by a bridge over the railroad tracks.
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View of the town from the ship. Fremantle is a charming and highly walkable town.
The Western Australia Maritime Museum.
The Western Australia Maritime Museum.
The HMAS Ovens at the Maritime Museum
The HMAS Ovens at the Maritime Museum
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This is the bow with its 6 missile bays. We have no idea why it woud have been detached from the rest of the sub. Maybe just to show the missile bays??
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Statue of C. Y. O’Connor, 1843-1909. O’Connor was the Engineer-in-Chief 1891-1909. He designed and constructed the Fremantle Harbour, the Goldfields Water Supply, and all Railways and other public works throughout Western Australia.
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Round House c. 1830, the oldest remaining structure in Fremantle. Originally designed as a prison and used as such until 1851 when the first convict settlers arrived from Britain. They built the new and larger Fremantle prison themselves!
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Looking from the Round House down High Street with the amazing art installation comprised of yellow tape and paint.
Note the modern apartments built behind a preserved facade.
Note the modern apartments built behind a preserved facade.
High Street is the area of Notre Dame College
High Street is the area of Notre Dame College
Front of the Espanade Hotel built in the heyday of the gold rush era.
Front of the Espanade Hotel built in the heyday of the gold rush era.
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Fremantle Market opened in 1897 to provide handicrafts, fish, vegetables and specialty foods along with dining halls. It has been in continuous operation ever since.
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Now this is a clever idea to increase sales. They sell these for $17.00 each! You buy the book sight unseen; but may return it for another if you have already read it. I wonder how many they actually sell?!?
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I took this photo because we have friends who operated an architectural design studio with a shop attached. It, too, was named the Archive because the building our friends had restored was originally a Library.
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Fremantle Railroad Station with service to Perth every 15 minutes. It’s a 30 minute trip and we paid $4.70/pp each way.
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Perth Town Hall Clock Tower (left) & Bell Tower behind (center). The Bell tower c.1989, houses 12 original 14th century bells donated by St. Martins -in-the-Fields in London.
Murray Street Pedestrian Mall
Murray Street Pedestrian Mall
Street performers in Hay Street Pedestrian Mall
Street performers in Hay Street Pedestrian Mall
Hay Street Pedestrian Mall
Hay Street Pedestrian Mall
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The Old Post Office is now the H&M Department store. Nearly all of the original old buildings have been repurposed. It is a charming contrast to the new skyscrapers going up.
the old and the new
the old and the new
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This is a pleasant walkway that bridges the city with the railroad station. Very convenient. 30 minutes later, we were back in Fremantle.
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We re-boarded the ship for a 5:00pm sail-away and saw this–a sheep ship! The sheep are loaded into those bays for transport. Wool is big business in Australia!
And then, we departed for our next adventure.
And then, we departed for our next adventure.

We have concluded our adventure Down under.  Now, we are on our way to Bali, Indonesia.