After only three days at Lakeview we set off for the North East coast to our final base in Bali, Baliku Hotel, Amed.
The road Sandy took to Amed was a narrow track through the mountains that only the locals use. I think she was very brave because the route itself was challenging, let alone the stress of trying to overtake plodding large loads or other road users driving in the middle of the road and overtaking on blind bends.
We took the road that circled Mount Agung,the largest mountain in Bali. Unfortunately the cloud made it misty and we couldn’t actually see the top but the jungle like forest was beautiful and the steep slopes covered in all sorts of ferns and tree ferns made up for missing Agung. As we made our decline the temperature increased and the sun shone through, in the distance we could see the sea.
It was a real treat to be at Baliku after our three hour drive, our luxurious villas set on a slope right by the beach where little fishing boats sit and divers explore the corals and the fish (and the Japanese shipwreck.) All I really felt like doing was to lie on my mega sized bed and soak up the fishing bay view I could see from there. However Sandy lured me into the infinity pool for a little swim before supper.
My last days at Amed were tainted with Bali belly, something I picked up while staying in Ubud the week before. Unfortunately I was not able to enjoy Donna’s delicious menu, preferring to abstain or eat very plainly.
I did join in on the Tirtagangga Water palace trip and enjoyed some time absorbing the colour and exotic greenery. I sketched a little but was distracted by the heat and lack of energy. My photos will inspire me when back home in my studio, adding to the visual reference I have for batik design and reminding me the lush beauty of Bali.