Ulawatu Temple and Jimbaran Bay

Trip Start Apr 10, 2006
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Trip End Feb 07, 2007


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Monday, April 17, 2006

After brekkie (mmmmm, pancakes) and a good few hours by the pool and then more food in Kuta, we met Roy for our day trip. He was accompanied by Manni (which is a generic name in Bali given to the second born), who would be our driver. We were soon back in our little van and on the road; which, as it turns out, is a very scary place to be in Bali as the roads are mental. There are scooters everywhere and people are just constantly beeping each other (although we got the feeling that, at least some of the time, Manni and Roy were just beeping at a pretty young Balinese Lady). When you come out at a junction, it is best not to look as there is no such thing as giving way. People just edge their cars out and no one really wants to let them in, so they just beep their horns and go!

We got to Ulawatu in one piece anyway, Tamsin had her legs covered this time so they let her in as well! We both had to put yellow sashes around our waist though. As soon as we got there we could see the famous monkeys who guard the Temple. They were very cute - no taller than your knee, and very greedy; for some reason, I felt a strage affinity with them! I brought a few bags of food from a hawker to feed the little blighters. Unfortunately, Tamsin never even got to open her bag as a monkey saw what she had, scampered up to her, climbed up her legs and nicked the whole bag! It was hilarious and as we walked to the temple i could hear Tamsin muttering under her breath "thieving little toad". This was, for me the best moment of the holiday so far!

Anyway, we nmade our way to the temple grounds, surrounded by more monkeys. The Temple was built in the 11th Century and is still in occasional use. The temple is built on a high cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean. It was very beautiful although the temple itself is quite plain. Any dissapointment in the lack of carvings was made up for by the sea views and the Monkey shenanigans.

After the Temple we headed to Jimbaran Bay, a huge beach that was the site of a terrorist attack last October. We were dropped of at a seafood resteraunt on the beach and shown to a table which had stunning views of the bay. The deal at the resteraunt was that we habndpicked some fish and condemed them to death by fire (BBQ). We chose a lovely Snapper and a little crab. When it arrived at our table it came with a full compliment of Veg and rice. The crab was a bit crap to be honest as there was no meat on it! THe Snapper however was absolutely gorgeousIt was a god sized fish so we both stuffed ourselves silly and drank some more Bintang. The whole meal (which also included fruit salad and a soup starter) came to 195,000 which is about 11 quid! as we ate our food the sun ste beautifully and to top off an already romantic day, a five man band came and serenaded us as we drank beer.

Perfect!
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andreaf
andreaf on

Monkeys
Are these the very same monkeys that poke you and steal your money in the night??! What would Alan carr say about all these mac donalds and pancakes?

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