Thursday, February 2, 2012
Bali, day2; Gunung Kawi, Gunung Batur volcano, coffee
After the usually breakfast at Gusti's, we set off on a trip around Bali.
We headed north, first to the ancient sight of Gunung Kawi, believed to be shrines of 11th century royalty, but no one really knows. It's set in a cliff, below another gorgeous rice terrace, and surrounded by hand cut caves and temples.
From there, we continued across the island to the Gunung Batur volcano, probably the most stunning sight in Bali that doesn't include rice terraces or architecture, just pure nature. From the wide rim of the volcano, you can see the cone that formed in a 1917 eruption. The cone itself seems like the volcano until you realize you're actually standing at the top of massive mountain.
After lunch and a visit to a nearby temple, we headed back to Ubud, stopping at a coffee plantation on the way. I'm one of the few who doesn't enjoy coffee very much, but they also had delicious ginger tea and hot cocoa they offered us to sample.
Even though Bali is very small, it takes a long time to get around. It was just about night by the time we got back to Gusti's. We relaxed a bit then walked down to Pura Taman Saraswati, the Water Palace, to take in a Legong performance.