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May 15th 2016
Published: May 21st 2016
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Visited 3 local villages and did some serious shopping. Along the way, we also visited a temple, volcano, museum, and coffee plantation.


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Village of TohpatiVillage of Tohpati
Village of Tohpati

Bali's Batik Wand Weaving Center. Batik is a traditional form of painting fabric. They painstakingly use dots and lines from wax to decorate the cloth. It is very impressive to watch.
Village of MasVillage of Mas
Village of Mas

For hundreds of years, some of the most incredible woodcarvings have been produced here in Mas. Carvings range from very small pieces to large ornaments, furniture, murals, and great door arches (for temples and stately homes of the Balinese Royalty and wealthy).
Village of Mas Village of Mas
Village of Mas

Most of the wood craftsmen work from their home and sell their wares through a local store front.
Village of CelukVillage of Celuk
Village of Celuk

Balinese silversmiths are known worldwide for their intricate designs and meticulous attention to detail. Their skills are passed down from generation to generation. Original designs in delicate filigree make Balinese jewelry one of the most unusual styles in Asia and are sold locally but also exported to various countries around the world.
Village of CelukVillage of Celuk
Village of Celuk

So many options to choose from
Village of CelukVillage of Celuk
Village of Celuk

Finally decided on a necklace and a bracelet
Setia Darma Masks & Puppet HouseSetia Darma Masks & Puppet House
Setia Darma Masks & Puppet House

The Setia Darma Masks & Puppet House is a home of the worlds’ largest collection of masks and puppets. Over a 1,000 masks and over 4,000 puppets from all over the Indonesian archipelago, Africa, China, Latin America and Europe.
Setia Darma Masks & Puppet HouseSetia Darma Masks & Puppet House
Setia Darma Masks & Puppet House

Balinese mask of King Sugriwa (monkey king).
Setia Darma Masks & Puppet HouseSetia Darma Masks & Puppet House
Setia Darma Masks & Puppet House

Balinese full-body costume.
Setia Darma Masks & Puppet HouseSetia Darma Masks & Puppet House
Setia Darma Masks & Puppet House

Balinese full-body costume
Lunch overlooking at rice fieldLunch overlooking at rice field
Lunch overlooking at rice field

Bali is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving the subak (traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system). By using the subak system, they are able to have 3 harvests in a season.
Puseh Temple in Batuan - gatePuseh Temple in Batuan - gate
Puseh Temple in Batuan - gate

There are thousands of temples in Bali. Pictured is the Hindu temple in Batuan, founded in 1020 AD.
Puseh Temple in Batuan - insidePuseh Temple in Batuan - inside
Puseh Temple in Batuan - inside

In the main yard of the temple there are some three story Meru and Bale Pengiyasan as a symbol of the temple of Besakih, there is also a building called Padmasana as a place of worship to Sang Hyang Widhi, the only one Bali Hindu’s God.
Puseh Temple in BatuanPuseh Temple in Batuan
Puseh Temple in Batuan

Before you enter the temple you must put on a Balinese ‘kamben’ (a traditional Balinese costume) to show your respect and honor about the holiness of the “Puseh Temple of Batuan Village”. Inside the yard is another Balinese Gate called the Kori Agung. This is where the gods enter and exit.
Puseh Temple in Batuan - guardian statuesPuseh Temple in Batuan - guardian statues
Puseh Temple in Batuan - guardian statues

Guardian statues at the Kori Agung door where the gods exit and entry
Puseh Temple in Batuan  - offeringPuseh Temple in Batuan  - offering
Puseh Temple in Batuan - offering

Offerings of flowers are made 3 times a day...every day
Kintamani Volcano Kintamani Volcano
Kintamani Volcano

Stopped over in Penelokan for drinks. Katie spent her morning climbing this volcano to see the sunrise. The Kintamani Volcano is a part of the Batur Mountain range.
Caldera Lake (Batur)Caldera Lake (Batur)
Caldera Lake (Batur)

Magnificent view of the Batur Caldera Lake (next to to the Kintamani volcano).
Coffee Plantation - Palm CivetCoffee Plantation - Palm Civet
Coffee Plantation - Palm Civet

Luwak coffee is the world's most expensive coffee ($35-$100 per cup!). Pictured is step one of the process. This cat-like animal (also called a civet cat) digests the coffee beans. The poop is then collected and processed.
Coffee PlantationCoffee Plantation
Coffee Plantation

Roasting the coffee beans
Coffee Plantation - taste testingCoffee Plantation - taste testing
Coffee Plantation - taste testing

Besides the luwak coffee, we tasted 8 different coffees and teas


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