Friday, August 24, 2007



After a too long year, I'm finally going to be able to take a break... Under the circumstances, I won't be blogging or commenting for the next two weeks or so. Hope to be back to your company in blogosphere, and visiting your blogs by mid September. Meanwhile, I just leave you in Bali, and will miss your post and comments...
Take care!



The first version of this post was published in late September 2005, on my return from Bali. Then, I wrote, after Clarence's suggestion: "Since you're having just the subtitles you'll see only the best of it, and avoid some «unclean» places, where you could witness the garbage, and feel the terrible smell..."
Some days later, however, there was a second bomb attack in Bali, and I added: "Just after posting this, I heard today’s news on Bali. It seems that Terror struck again and that the worse of it showed for a second time in the island. We were very happy to have had the chance to see it peacefully!
Island of the Gods? Maybe Gods can help people live their lives there...

Now, I'll just show two of the beautiful temples of Bali, a wonderful island, anyway. Some do even name it Paradise!


"TANAH LOT - Tanah seems to mean earth and Lot ocean, but, according to Wikipedia, it means «Land in the Middle of the Sea» in Balinese language. The temple - Pura Tanah Lot - is Bali's most famous, and said to be there since the 16th century. It consists of a couple of shrines built on a rock on the ocean, that becomes an island at high tide, and that offers terrific sunset views, that we definitely lost, as we were there in the morning... The temple is also said to symbolize the balance between male and female. The same with these pictures..."

"THE OPPOSITE SIDE of the Tanah Lot temple is also a nice spot to be photographed!"

"MENGWI - The Great Royal Temple of Mengwi – Pura Taman Ayun - dates back to 1634. The complex is surrounded by a moat that regrettably was dried out, as some works were being carried on. The carved wooden gates are some of the precious items one may admire in Mengwi"

"MENGWI SHRINES - The multi-roofed meru shrines of Mengwi (some are eleven-tiered) are within the most famous in Bali, and deservedly so..."

"MENGWI GREEN - The environment of the temple is astonishingly beautiful!"

"QUEEN - Sitting apropriately on the throne..."


Diana said...

Hmm, vive-se bem, está visto! Mas continuo a concordar com o anterior post: difficult to find better, Algarve, Portugal! Aquelas nuvens negras não me convencem..

Anonymous said...

Hi there! Nice blog, but I think it'd be better if you had some captions like what you liked about the place, its significance and stuff like that. hehe... I like the pics!


Lalalalala said...

HEY, that was such a quick reaction! Haha... nice!

I'm going to Finland next year.. any recommendations for places to visit?


Anonymous said...

WELL! WELL! WELL! Much better now! Assim até dá vontade de deixar um comentário! Pena as fotos de tantos outros e lindos destinos do mundo não serem tão facilmente publicadas! Locais como a savana do Quénia, a maravilhosa ilha de Fernando Noronha, o sol da meia-noite em Narvik, etc. etc. etc. Tudo pre-digital...

GMG said...

To: He-who-must-not-be-named!
Finland was pre-digital. I'm going to see what I have, and will let you know.
Depending on your interests, you'll have, at least, Alvar Aalto for Architecture, Sibelius for music, Nokia for mobile phones, Silja Line to cruise to Sweden, Reindeer to see, Helsinki to stroll, Turku for midsummer night, Rovaniemi for Santa Claus and ephemeral Ice Hotels, and lakes, lakes, lakes...
There are also Universities with exchange programmes for foreign students!

Lalalalala said...

Yup, of course, I'm going there for exchange for 6 months. Will take some of the time to tour Europe if possible. Might get to go to Russia as well.. :)

Peter said...

A new break? Or did I misunderstand? I thought you just came back from Algarve?

Bali looks nice - and hot (I don't mind)!

I agree with your comments about Finland, but Rouvaniemi is today a bit too much of a Xmas Supermarket in my mind. (Nice of you to mention the cruising to Sweden.)

Lori said...

What a fascinating place. I'd love to see Bali some day. You have the most amazing adventures.
Enjoy your holiday and bring back lots of great photos to show us!

leo said...

I've been to Bali (just a few weeks before the 2nd bombing)and to the beautiful temple you've shown in your pics here, except Tanah Lot. My kids were too tired. Sad actually bcos the real reason why I want to go to Bali was to see Tanah Lot. Well maybe nxt time. Enjoy your 2nd trip.

Anonymous said...

Peter, I'm posting with two years delay. The pictures of the Summer break were from August 2005; Bali is from September 2005... Greece 2007, if any, will see the light in some 18 months time, if I manage to post regularly...

Nazzareno said...

...los lugares son fascinadores y t� los haces vivir con alegr�a.

Nikon said...

Lots of very beautiful pics - looks like you had a great time.
Enjoy your time off & thanks for visiting Hemingway's.

lyliane six said...

J'avais envie de partir à Bali en 1993, mais la Russie venant de s'ouvrir aux voyages, j'ai préféré aller voguer sur les grands lacs, mais j'y repensais, il y a peu de temps, en écoutant une émission sur cette île paradisiaque, il n'y à qu'à voir vos images pour s'en rendre compte.Et il y a aussi une histoire passée très riche témoins: tous ces temples. En Grèce j'ai beaucoup aimé Delphes pour ses vieilles pierres,et l'acropole qui était en réfection quand j'y suis allée, mais les météores ça doit être curieux à voir. Espérons que vous ayez un bon séjour, malgré cette catastrophe, qu'est le feu et à bientôt à Lisbonne j'espère.

Chica, Cienna, and Cali said...

oh great!!!! what a beautiful place and it's on this planet too!!! :)

enjoy your vacations!!! where are you off to now??

Anonymous said...

I really, really wish, that fires in Greece will stop soon. I love Greece and have been there almost twenty times, now I am so sad about those fires and anxiety of inhabitants.

Many loving greetings to Greece!

Denton said...

Thanks for the photos of Bali and best wishes for a relaxing vacation.

inspired said...

Enjoy ;o]

isa said...

It is sad to think that Bali, a peaceful Paradise, would be a target for terrorists!
Lovely photos of you and the Queen ;-)

Hope your well deserved vacation is successful (just stay away from Southern Greece, so we don't have to worry about you!)

Pijush said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes the fire was awesome, I am glad you are here just drop me a comment if you need any information. What a lovely place you have been, Bali is truly amazing.

Pijush said...

Athens Airport was closed for several and now it is operating. But please check once more :-)
Have a nice time and keep posting

Lakshmi said...

Thanks for dropping by ..and your help on europe..ive been reading all your posts on germany and swiss .have a great trip

travelphilippines said...

definitely gods island.

indicaspecies said...

Beautiful pictures on this posting too, as always, and thank you for your kind note gmg. I am glad you set out on a vacation which I am sure is well-deserved. Greece is a great country that I've visited in the 90s including Athens, Hydra, Poros and another couple of islands. Fires will not deter you from having a good holiday and so, have a great time!
PS: At your convenience please check out my posting on "Incredible India Indeed" which would give you an idea of my holidays this time. :)

Anonymous said...

woow love these shrines!!
wife-chan looks cool with sunglasses ;)

Raghu Ram Prasad said...

what a lovely pictures of beautiful temples of Bali, a wonderful island and so many photos.......nice

Sunkyoung said...

Oh, I thought you are in Bali at the moment. Look forward to your return. Take care until then.

lv2scpbk said...

This must have been a wonderful trip. Love the photos and just to sit by the water, must be very relaxing.

CaBaCuRl said...

Hope you have enjoyed your time away. Aaah, Bali is one of my favourite places, and conveniently quite close to us, only a 5-6 hour flight. It is such a beautiful island, but alas has been taken over by many ugly Australian tourists( I can say that!!) who go for a cheap, alcohol-fuelled party...errr, I mean holiday. 25 years ago it was Nirvana or Shangrila...whatever your idea of paradise on Earth may be.

Shionge said...

Yo...the paradise for everyone and I love it...was there and pampered myself everyday :D

You have fun and relaxing time with your wife ya!

Anonymous said...

wow, tanah lot really looks awesome!

Jo's-D-Eyes said...

Have a great time in BALI or where-ever you might also go to, (in or around)Don't forget to make more pic's and show them on this bloG????? We would love to visit Bali soon, so therefore , all tips are welcome!

Half september? Thats a long time you're away, have fun!!!!

Bye:) JoAnn from HOLLAND

Catherine said...

Always wanted to go to Bali..
wow!! Wonderful blog! Great photos!!

Neva said...

Enjoy your time away and we will wait for more pictures to come this way. I like the pictures of Bali...especially of the "queen" :o)

freefalling said...

Yeah - I have to agree with cabacurl.
Every man and his dog from Australia seems to traipse off to Bali - and unfortunately a good proportion of us make very ugly tourists.
Although, that doesn't make the loss of Australian lives in the Bali bombings any less tragic. Not to mention the poor people of Bali and tourists visiting from other parts of the world.
It's all just so sad.

Ash said...

Looks like a wonderful place. Beautiful images of the king and his Queen :)

Have a safe trip. Be back soon with loads of pictures.

Marie said...

Très beau, et tellement différent!!!!!!!!!!!

Kunterbunt said...

Have wonderful holiday, you two, and see you again in the middle of September.

Irina said...

Yes, it does look like Paradise!

Thank you for your visits and comments to my blog and wish you a nice holiday! I quess over there you'll get a lot to feed Blogtrotter :)

Aditi said...

gorgeous shots .. indeed does seem like paradise on earth
who are the temples dedicated to?

Anonymous said...

WoW...some beautifully captured shots as always & nice reading about the descriptions...Have a nice & safe trip!

Seda said...

What an amazing pictures. I admire that you travel such a beautiful places.

Anonymous said...

I was hoping, you are already back :)
But you must have hundreds of photos, which you have load and look before we can see them. We just have to wait!!

Ele ^_^ said...

What a wonderful place and great shot.. I'm envious! ^^

Sigma said...

From the pictures this indeed looks like a beautiful place. The first picture is simply gorgeous. I can imagine why it is called paradise.
Though it is sad to hear about trouble in paradise (isnt it always?)

Anonymous said...

Bali is such a beautiful place and will always have a special place in my heart. The most unforgettable though are the people. They are like no other I've met in my other travels.

Your Love Coach

Anonymous said...

Superb place!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Everybody! Thanks for your comments. We finally managed to take some holidays (the Algarve stopovers were only weekend breaks), survived the Greek fires and had a fabulous time in the Islands of Kos, Crete and Mykonos!
At the end of the day I realized I’ve 880 photos to deal with, and I’m not sure I’ll reverse the chronological order and post some of them ahead of time. So, for the time being, I’ll try to finish the Bali posts and get to the next stop in Germany: Koblenz and the Rhineland! That will bring me to the end of the 2005 travels...
Now, back to Bali:

Bali is actually a wonderful place. Most people that go there don’t leave the southern spot of Kuta or Nusa Dua (which is much better than the latter), but the whole Island is quite interesting with some stunning landscape scenes!



Thanks for your comments and wishes!

I think almost everybody may have a great time in Bali!

La Russie des grands lacs, ce n’est pas un mauvais choix...

You’re right about Greece. I went there for the first time in 1976, and posted some lousy pre-digital pictures here!

I’m not so sure after seeing your posts on Philippines’ Islands...

Celine (Indicaspecies)
Thanks. Your India posts are absolutely stunning! Left a comment there also.

I was in Greece. Bali was two years ago. Sorry for confusing you.

Sea watching! My favourite sport...

You mentioned (some) Australian tourists; You can say that...

Don’t doubt you had a greta time pampered in Bali...

I think now it’s understood where I was and when… Thanks! I’ll try to post more frequently, but it’s not an easy task amidst all the others.

Fully agree with you!

Thanks! I’m so glad to see you back in blogosphere!

Not sure about the answer to your query, but some of the temples I visited are dedicated to Lord Siva.

Welcome back. I’m truly happy to see you back posting and commenting!

No reason to be envious: young, beautiful and travelling...

You’re right, but it seems that trouble reaches even Paradise...

You’re absolutely right about the Balinese people!

You’re also right!

Ming the Merciless said...

Really amazing photos.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Ming!

A Lady's Life said...

These are truly nice shots.
It is so nice to be able to look back and see where you were.
Lots of memories.

Anonymous said...

Bali was a wonderful experience... And memories are always a way of re-living... ;)