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
Entering the harbor at Bali
The Passenger Terminal at the Port of Benoa, Bali.
The ship was greeted by musicians and dancers on the dock.
Those of the crew native to Indonesia are bringing their families on board for tours and to spend the day!
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!
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”
Statuary like this is a common sight at roundabouts along the roads. This photo was taken on the road to Ubud.
The Batuan Temple
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
Shopping is available across the street from the terraced rice paddies.
Shopping is also available at the market in Ubud.
Street view seen on the way to Ubud
Detail of a community center building.
Here’s a roundabout with a statue of Rama in its center.
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.
Two turtle doves at the mask gallery in Mas…….
…….with their eggs!
Returning to the MS Amsterdam at the end of the day.
Time to reboard for our pending departure.
Home sweet home
The view from our dockage in Benoa.
We are very near the airport.
Waving goodbye to the joys of Bali.
Next, we are looking forward to a trip down memory lane while we revisit the Philippines.