Last night we dined at Siam Sally’s. It was a tad over budget but the food was sensational. I had a Thai Tofu Curry with red rice and Erica Holy Basil Chicken Wok cooked with Red Rice. We started out with the best Thai Fish Cakes we have ever eaten with a hot Chilli sauce. We almost forgot to take pics it was so yummy.
After brekky we were picked up at Dewi Antara for our Volcano tour. Travelled through the suburbs in heavy traffic to The Elephant Temple. It was very impressive. Next we journeyed to The Holy Springs Temple which was quite amazing. The springs constantly feed the bathing area through stone spouts and the faithful wearing only sarongs bathe in the holy water. Like nothing we have ever seen before! Then into the country-side.
Un-licenced kids rode their motor scooters to school as there are virtually no Police out here. Many Brick makers lined the road using Volcanic Cracker dust and cement and making each brick by hand near where they were to be used. There were many intensive forms of agriculture including cattle being hand fed young sugar cane in narrow roadside sheds. Spotted a lad on his motor scooter with a load on its way to the cattle. Chilli growers abounded and we eventually came to a Coffee growing area where we stopped to see how Civet Coffee is made. (That is the one were the Civet eats the ripe bean and poohs out the bean. It is then washed and roasted.) We declined a cup of it more on the grounds of price than taste! We got a really good picture of rural life in Bali on this trip.
Next came Penelokan where we were treated to a great view of the Volcano Mt Bartur and the lake below. It was doubly interesting for us as our daughter Sascha and her husband Derek had climbed it on their honeymoon.
The Mother Temple at Besakih was next stop and the large number of steps looked like they may beat Erica’s ready for replacement knees. Using mind over matter she decided as they were already worn out to punish them again! She set off with determination and reached the top quicker than people half her age. No doubt she will suffer tonight but the victory was sweet! The temple is something else. The structures spread over a large area and on a fine day you can see the ocean. Was well worth the climb.
Back in our vehicle and on to Maharigi Resort near Rendang where we looked over many rice terraces. Mt Agung, Bali’s highest mountain lurked behind them cloaked in clouds. They had a nice photo of what it looks like on a fine day on display!
Windy road back to Klungkang and the deep valleys reminded us of our old home area of Wilsons Creek in The Byron Hinterland. The Old Court of Justice that had also been a Palace was a wonderful series of structures too difficult to describe. The moated pavilion was stunning and the sky cleared so we got some great pics.
Now back home after terrible grid locked traffic in Ubud and getting ready for another Balinese dinner. Ubud is working her charms on us!