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Observing wildlife amongst the lily pads.

Tabanan

After Tanah Lot, we wound our way through more hair-raising roads north. The Tabanan area has many rice fields, the landscape is sculpted with terraces and irrigated through a network of canals. In order to get the our villa we drove through a tiny one-lane road, where tarps of rice were drying in the sun (one was blocking the entrance to a hotel villa–we were told to just drive over it). We looked into two hotels and settled on one.

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Bali is an island of artisans. Historically, artists, craftsman and performers were, and still are, highly esteemed. I’m so enamored with the beautifully carved doors to our villa.

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The villa grounds.

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Open air bathrooms and showers.


And of course, a swimming pool.

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Posing for a Lunar New Year picture. Welcome Year of the Rooster!

Balian Beach

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I was surprised to see black sand on the shores of Balian. It reminded me of Molokai, Hawaii, but without the towering cliffs.

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The local scene had a California beach vibe to it, there were more westerners here.

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Our hotel was beautiful, open air, and without air conditioning. Lush gardens made it feel like paradise.

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The mosquito netting was pretty and romantic, but we were kept up by the heat and no-see-ums.

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Though it was pretty, we decided to move on to Seririt.

Tabanan and Balian Beach
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