|Bali (day2): Ubud Temples, Galangan Festival, Monkey Forest and Blanco Museum (the Dali of Bali)
||[Jan. 9th, 2015|05:54 pm]
Wednesday 17 January
After a lovely wake up swim, we went to discover Ubud (describe as the cultural centra of bali) it has lots fo temples, quite central so easy to visit all the regions and temples around, so green and lush, filled with yoga centres, monkeys and art galleries. We happened to arrived on the big Hindu festival of Galangan so during the morning we discovered that all the shops were shut but the temples were full. I didn't realise that temples there are has common as post boxes, every household build one, they differ in sizes but they are everywhere, on that festival they get covered in fabrics, offerings, foods, flowers, every shop entry has offering, motorbikes, car, even our balcony balustrade had little offerings (little leaves basket with flowers, rice, encenses...)
view from entry
our homestay entry and offerings outside its door
We visited Pura Dalem Temple , the centra bit can only be visited by those praying and in full regalia (sarong, hat for me and belt), but you can have a peak from outside and teh carving around the places were just so nice.
peak at ceremony inside
regulation on temple entry!
even the cars get blessed :)
Pura Taman Sarastawi, a lovely pond and they do dance shows there in some evening.
loving all those naga
all the streets are filled with those bamboo decorations all over bali for the next few weeks
One lovely thing about Ubud, although i is quite a large city it is also quite lush and wild.
At the end of the long Monkey road was the Monkey Forest.
The Sacred Monkey Forest
Love it loved it loved it, jungle like, filled with naughty monkeys and amazing temples.
The monkeys just ran the place and decide when they fancy annoying you or not. Simon sat down next thing he had a monkey on him trying to take his glasses and pulling his beard. If you buy bananas they go a bit mental, although their favorite things to thieves seemed to be plastic water and they are impressive at smashing it open.
sir down and they are there checking if anything to steal :)
some of the amazing sculpture around the temples
some rather weirder ones :)
graveyard filled with dogs and monkeys
do you want a ride :)
love those monster ones
monsters and monkeys
more monster and monkey on stone monkeys
many monkeys :)
just odd :)
what's in the bag :)
best naga bridge
jungle and river ..hard to beleieve just a little walk from town
creatures roaming the streets :)
So hot you are up around 6 am , so a lot can be fitted into one day...we then walk to the opposite side of town to go and visit the Blanco Museum
Antonio Blanco (the Dali of Bali) built an over the top, domed roccocco house to fill with his "erotic/sexy" lady paintings with the most eclectic collection of frames , his studio and a garden filled with birds.
from google as no photos inside
the man itself
inside the gallery/palace
there was also a frog fountains filled with real frogs :)
more fab naga
views from roof
discreet little entry to his gallery
..end of a fab first long day...happy hour with the largest frozen lychee marguarita :)