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March 14th 2018
Published: March 14th 2018
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We are somehow always ending up near water. Guess you could say, "We get high on water."
When approaching Bali, Mount Agung is usually the first bit of land to appear on the horizon. This 9,944 ft perfectly shaped volcano dominates the Bali skyline. In December and January, Agung, which means “great,” sent sparks, steam and rocks flying in a succession of eruptions. This disrupted tourism and displaced many residents seeking shelter away from the mountain. Fortunately, by the time we arrived, Agung was sleeping peacefully. At least for a while.

Bali is one of 18,000+ islands in the Indonesian Archipelago. The people and special spirit of Bali makes it our favorite of all. Bali is a Hindu island in a Muslim country. It is the land of “Eat, Pray, Love.” It has its own music, dress, art and at 90% Hindu, its own religion.

Bali is called the land of 1000 temples. I would say that 10,000 would be more accurate since it seems that every block has some type of temple. There are bat temples, snake temples, monkey temples... temples to every deity you can imagine. Plus, every home has a religious monument or altar of some type to make daily offerings. Our driver Augung has his daily offering bowl on the dashboard of
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Bali has temples dedicated to various deities.
his car. Balinese life is totally structured around Hinduism. Indonesia does its best to make sure that the various religions co-exist peacefully. Near the port on one block there are five religious houses lined up side by side. Buddhist, Islam, Catholic, Hindu and Protestant in a show of ecumenical unity.

We contacted our driver/guide whom we have toured with on previous visits. Named Agung, just like the revered volcano, he met us with his van when we disembarked. We went to a wood carving shop, a weaving workshop and the rice paddy terraces en route to Ubud. He suggested going to a Balinese restaurant for lunch which overlooks a steep, verdant canyon with a good view of Mount Agung peeking through the clouds. Ubud is the heart of the creative arts of Bali. I would love to ship a container home filled with carved furniture, garden statuary, light fixtures and batik. It is all so unique.

The Regent Navigator was in port when we arrived, so we dropped anchor in the bay and tendered ashore. The Navigator is on her world cruise and we know many of the worlders on board. We saw Peggy, Jim and
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We reunited with cruisers from Navigator--- Jamie, Jim and Maryanne, Suzanne and us.
Maryann, and Malcolm to name a few. We ran into Jamie, the Cruise Director, whom we have had years of fun with, especially at Jamie’s Diner. The Silver Whisper was going to take the Navigator’s spot when she departed the pier that night. We were on our balcony watching her sail out when all of a sudden she came to a dead stop. We later learned that in order to avoid hitting two unlit fishing boats, the ship had to swerve and ended up aground. Once they got her off the mud she went back into port to await inspections of her hull. That took another day to get the divers to complete the job. Fortunately there was no damage and 36 hours later the Navigator was given the all clear to continue around the world.

Agung picked us up for another day of touring and this time we went to the southern tip of Bali. Nusa Dua is the tourist capital of Bali. There are beautiful beaches, good surfing, fancy hotels and lots of nightlife. There are some high sea cliffs where secluded beaches can be found. We spent the afternoon at the beach and we got
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This steep paddy is terraced by switchbacks to provide the right amount of water for the rice.
to use the hotel lounge chairs and towels and had a nice lunch.

Next stop is the island of Java as we wend our way through Indonesia.


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WOOD CARVERWOOD CARVER
WOOD CARVER

Ubud has some of the finest wood carvers in the world.
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VROOM VROOM!

Cute little scooter in the wood store.
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LADIES AT WORK

The work place was pleasant.
SILK LOOMSILK LOOM
SILK LOOM

This manufacturer of silk material runs all day. The machinery is old but still works fine.
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AUGUNG

Our driver/guide describes the process.Augung has been our guide on several trips to Bali.
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WOOD ART

Most of the art is carved from a single piece of wood.
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OFFERINGS STATION

These stations appear everywhere. Offerings are made daily by local Hindus.
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BALINESE GIRL

This little miss was selling post cards by the rice paddy.
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TALL SHIP

A pretty good replica ship used by tourists.
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TYPICAL TOURIST FARE

The stores in Ubud are squashed together and teeming with lots of neat stuff to take home.
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BALI FISHERMEN

The waters around Benoa a filled with small fishing boats.
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REGENT NAVIGATOR

On her world cruise she encountered a small fishing boat in the Benoa Harbor and in order to avoid the boat she ran aground.
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BALI SCOOTER MOM

On her way to Ubud she had her 2 children hanging on...for dear life!
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BEACH ENTRY

This beach was an attractive site to erect this arch. The Balinese work art into many facets of their lives.
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WEDDING REHEARSAL

We happened upon this soon to be wed couple and gave them a shout out. They posed appropriately.
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OCEAN DRIVE

This beautiful drive winds along the southeast coast of Bali. We ended the scenic trip at a resort on Nusa Dua.
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GANESH

We voted this the winner of the Most Imaginative Ganesh contest.


14th March 2018

Bali-Jealous
I continue to be jealous--darn-what a yearly adventure you two do. Was on Navigator last year-still a nice ship. COntinue the fun and blogs-want them.
14th March 2018

DICK FOWLER
Thank you Dick. Nice of you to say so. We are pleased that you follow us because we always enjoyed cruising with you and June. Love from the P.I. Kevin🙏🏻Susan
14th March 2018

DICK FOWLER
Thank you Dick. Nice of you to say so. We are pleased that you follow us because we always enjoyed cruising with you and June. Love from the P.I. Kevin🙏🏻Susan
14th March 2018

Thank you for sharing this great adventure; we love reading about it all.. Brings back lovely memories of our own voyages and of times we sailed with you. Only wish we were there with you. Please tell Fernando hello for us. a/r
14th March 2018

Ralf 🙏🏻 Anne
Ahoy you 2. We wish you could be here also! We will say hey to Fernando. All is well on Silversea. Love from the Philippines, Kevin🙏🏻susan
14th March 2018

Fun
Bali Hi
15th March 2018

Jack
Thanks Bro! There is nothin' like a dame.
14th March 2018

.I love your blog and pictures of Bali.
A couple of weeks ago Anette Dvergastein came for a weeks visit to get out of Norway and the 22 degree below zero weather, not to mention the stress of the upcoming kidney transplant for Kristin. It will happen next weds if all goes well. She is in the hospital preparing since last sunday and Dag will enter the hospital this sunday to prepare. I assume that you know about this. this is for your eyes only. I had a great time with Anette, she is such a darling and so comfortable with me in my home. At this very moment , Dag and Anette are in St Andrews Scotland where she is getting admitted to the University and settled for next fall. This will be for iher graduate degree. They return to Norway on thurs night. Take care and stay well. Lots of love, Carol
15th March 2018

Susan and Kevin, Thank you for allowing me to see the world thru your eyes; hopefully, the next time I experience Bali, it will be thru mine! Love your posts and looking forward to the next one! I need to pick your brains when you return! Hugs and thanks for sharing~
24th March 2018

MARY ANN
Susan will write soon. Just want to thank you for your nice words. Hope all is well. Love, Kevin

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