Today we are sailing in the China Sea en route to
Bali is one of over 13,000 islands in
It was quite an adventure cycling around the area visiting several temples, seeing the rice paddies and being welcomed into the home of one of the local villagers to see their family compound. The weather was overcast but very humid so we were all getting a good schvitz as we rode around the hilly area.
The following day was my mom’s birthday so we had a car and driver and guide take us around part of the island. It takes quite a bit of time on the small windy roads to get anywhere so although we were driving about for 8 hours, we only saw a small fraction of the sights. We headed directly to the John Hardy Factory (thanks
For lunch we went to the boutique Amandari hotel, a boutique hotel in the rain forest overlooking the river. It was one of the most breathtaking sites I’ve seen and the location was absolutely amazing. The hotel and the food were excellent as well as we ate overlooking an infinity pool that continued the vista towards the lush rain forest surroundings. At this hotel we found some unique Javanese marriage sculptures which my mom purchased for her home.
The next 3 days were at sea….just one day too long for me but that’s part of the process to get from one place to the next. While at Sea, there are organized cocktail hours in staff areas of the ship – we visited the bridge, the galley, the staff quarters and mess areas and the laundry. It is really interesting to see all that goes on to keep the ship moving along.
to see the video to really appreciate it. Along our route were water buffalo, huge walls of rock and forest, water falls, turtles, spiders and we chose to think no water snakes. Ugh! They promised we’d be wet by the end and we certainly were. At the top there was a beautiful water fall with a cave behind it. We watched as several groups of Japanese tourists would be paddled out on a raft and shot under the falls to get wet. We watched and enjoyed the humor of it. The ride back was much more fun and less stressful (my stomach was in knots watching the men get us up there) and the return allowed us to ride the rapids to the end where we had lunch and returned to the ship.
A side note to this
On Thursday, we arrive mid-day into