Rice terraces, Ubud, Bali

Postcards from Bali: The hills

Nikki ParkinsonLife, Travel 17 Comments

We stepped out of our driver’s car and experienced something we hadn’t experienced – here or back home – since last winter.

Cool air.

Yes, on this island close to the equator we actually felt a little underdressed.

We were less than two hours from our villa in Seminyak but seemingly a million miles from the beach and bars.

Dewa – our driver who you absolutely should book if ever coming to Bali – had asked us if we wanted to see the volcano. And I’m so glad we did.

He dropped us at the front of one of the restaurants that line this road. All are positioned to maximise the view of the volcano and surrounding lakes.

And what a view it was.

Volcano Bali

Until it disappeared under a cloak of mist five minutes after we sat down to eat.

Volcano restaurant Bali

The food on offer was a Balinese buffet – about $AU8 per person. This pleased everyone greatly. Took the rest of family approximately 2.2 minutes to fill their plates with fried rice, satay sticks, fried noodles and a stack more.

Volcano restaurant Bali

When we’d had our fill, especially of the dessert bar {hello sticky black rice with berries}, we realised that mist was there to stay.

Time to head back down through Ubud, where we’d earlier stopped to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.

Sacred Monkey Sanctuary, Ubud, Bali

Just the drive and getting a passing glimpse of village life was something else. Rice fields, roadside fruit stalls, kids walking home from school, young girls balancing their books on their head … I needed to see this, this everyday Balinese life.

Rice terraces, Ubud, Bali
But back to that monkey stop. Number two son was not keen, and by not keen I mean crapping itself.

Number one son, however, happily took on the monkey feeding for our collective photographic benefit.

This is one I’m sure he’ll treasure forever.

Sacred Monkey Sanctuary, Ubud, Bali

Oh, and I may have succumbed to a little silver purchase on the way up to Ubud. You know, because I was there and they gave us free water 😉 Will share it with you soon.

Editor’s note: I’m on holidays this week with my family. I’ll be popping in here most days with postcards from Bali. Regular Styling You programming will resume next week.

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Comments 17

  1. Hi, we are off to Bali in a month, that volcano is a must for my 7 year old. What is the name of the restaurant there as it looks amazing and an awesome price too. I am going through all your Bali posts and getting so many ideas, although it will be a little bit different as we will have our 7 year old son, 4 year old daughter and 6 month old son.

    1. I cannot for the life of me remember the restaurant – our driver just took us there (there are a few on the ridge and I suspect very similar). Sorry. Are you getting a driver? They’ve probably got a “deal” with one of the restaurants.

  2. Loving these Bali pics – its such a lovely looking country.
    Your family is incredibly stylish – Yoire even a bit coordinated with your colours in these pics!
    A friend was in Bali last week – he put a video up on Facebook – a monkey climbed on him and did a little (large) wee down his top! Glad your son remained dry. 🙂
    And your hair looks fab. You do holiday dressing very well.

  3. What a beautiful place. Very different to the “cheap and tacky” parts you often see. I am glad you got a nice cool day! I can’t wait to see what you get unto next!

  4. That looks lovely mist and all,and It is always nice to see the “real” country you are going to and real people I find that the most interesting part,apart from the shopping ,I can’t wait to see what little silver peice you purchased I am sure it is something lovely.I think I would be a tad scared of the monkeys too,I know someone who was bitten on holiday in Bali,but love that photo and the experience would have been great,I’m glad you are seeing lots different things,amazing holiday Nikki,you sure know how to pack a lot in…keep having a wonderful time and sending pics,I am enjoying seeing Bali through your eyes!

  5. Feeling a little envy! We are off on holidays today, but to intense cold. Now that we have invested heavily in cold weather gear (snow boots rated to -32, 700 loft down jackets with welded seams, 260 weight merino layers), I fear that I will never get to holiday somewhere warm ever again. I hate the cold, I hate layering, I look like the Michelan man, but what we are doing will be awesome. As long as I survive. We will be seeing monkeys too, but probably not that up close and personal!

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