To Sideman Valley

To The Sideman Valley
 
 
 
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We left Lovina Beach at nine this morning for the three and a half hour journey to the Sideman Valley to find the Bali of yesteryear away from the hordes of tourists and town bustle. A wiggly road took us through many villages celebrating the Yellow Festival.
 
 
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We ate buffet lunch with a view over Mount Batur.
 
 
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Sadly, the Volcano Museum was closed.
 
 
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We had to pay seventy five pence for these views.
 
 
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The villagers here have a lookout complete with desk and stop all cars to collect the ‘view levy’, the saleswomen were ruthless but lost out with us.
 
 
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After a hideous experience at Bali’s biggest temple where the locals try to con money to be your ‘unofficial guide’, we watched a village processing with offerings for the Yellow Festival.
 
 
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Wonderful to get out into the countryside.
 
 
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Our haven (on the left for the next three days) to feel Bali of the olden days. The pool at the bottom of the garden.
 
 
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Our quiet villa owned built and owned by “a man from France”.
 
 
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Mod cons and a beautiful, traditional ceiling.
 
 
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Beds in bed as Bear test drives the patio.
 
 
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The villa manager organised a lift to his restaurant in the village – first time to see lettuce on a fruit platter. Back to peace and quiet. 
 
 
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL THE REAL BALI
                      INTERESTING VIEW OF THE INTERIOR OF THE ISLAND