Πέμπτη, 13 Οκτωβρίου 2011

BALI

BALI

ΤΟ ΝΗΣΙ ΤΩΝ ΘΕΩΝ

BALI IS AN INDONESIAN ISLAND, ONE OF ABOUT 17.000 ISLANDS THAT FORM THE INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGOS, WITH JAKARTA AS THE CAPITAL. THE MAJORITY OF THE POPULATION IS MUSLIMS WITH A SMALL MINORITY OF HINDUISM. THE SMALL HINDU MINORITY OF THE COUNTRY IS LIVING IN THE ISLAND OF BALI WHILE THE BIG MAJORITY OF ISLAMISM IS LIVING IN THE REST OF THE INHABITED ISLANDS.

THE BEAUTIFUL ISLAND OF BALI IS THE LARGEST TOURIST DESTINATION OF THE COUNTRY AND IS ALL ABOUT TEMPLES, SUN AND SEA. IT IS KNOWN FOR ITS ART, DANCE, MUSIC, SCULPTURE, PAINTING AND METALWORKING. ENJOY FRESH FISH (WITH LOTS AND LOTS OF SPICES!) AND TRADITIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC.

SIGHTSEEING AND PLACES OF INTEREST

NUSA DUA IS AN EXCLUSIVELY TOURIST AREA WITH LUXURY RESORTS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN.

KUDA IS THE CAPITAL WITH A VERY LONG, WHITE BEACH AND WITH MANY RESTAURANTS, DISCOS AND ALL KIND OF LITTLE SHOPS. SCROLL THROUGH THE NARROW STREETS AND ALLEYS OF THE CAPITAL AND EXPLORE THE REAL BALI! ANOTHER OPTION IS TO VISIT THE MUSEUM.
JIMBARAN BEACH IS A FAMOUS BEACH WITH MANY RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY FRESH FISH AND BALINESE DANCE AND MUSIC.IT IS VERY NEAR THE CAPITAL KUDA AND IT HAS  A VERY LONG WHITE SAND BEACH ON WHICH ALL THE RESTAURANTS PLACE THEIR TABLES SO YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR MEAL LOOKING THE OCEAN! VERY ROMANTIC!



KLUNGKUNG IS A SMALL CITY WITH A VERY BEAUTIFUL OLD COURT OF JUSTICE. VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL!
BALI IS FAMOUS FOR ALL KINDS OF HANDICRAFTS AND TEXTILE ART WORK. UBUD AREA IS AN AREA OF MANY VILLAGES, EACH OF THEM FAMOUS FOR ONE ART: IN THE VILLAGE OF MAS YOU WILL FIND THE BEST WOOD CARVING OF THE ISLAND, IN BATUBULAN GREAT STONE SCULPTURE. CELUK IS THE CENTER OF GOLD AND SILVER SMITH. IN BATUAN YOU CAN SEE THE WELL KNOWN PAINTERS AND THEIRR COLLECTIONS. IN TOHPATI YOU WILL LEARN THE TRADITIONAL HAND WEAVING ART OF”BATIK”. IT IS AMAZING OF HOW MANY HOURS YOU NEED TO MAKE ONE PEACE OF BATIK: DESIGN ON A WHITE MATERIAL, COVER WITH WAX, DYEING WITH COLOUR, TAKING OFF THE WAX AND FINALLY WASHING AND DRYING.ALL OF THESE HANDMADE!!!!



BUTI JAMBUL THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL AREA WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY MANY RICE TERRACES AND THE CRATER LAKE BATUR.     
         
IN THE SAME AREA IS THE SERI BATU SPICE AND COFFEE GARDEN WITH ALL KINDS OF SPICES AND A RICH VEGETATION.YOU WILL EXPERIENCE HERE ALL THE DIFFERENT FLAVOURS OF BALINESE COFFEE AND ALSO YOU WILL LEARN HOW THE LOCALS ARE BREDING THEIR COFFEE!

PURA BESAKIH “THE MOTHER TEMPLE” IS THE BIGGEST AND OLDEST HINDU TEMPLE IN INDONESIA (11th CENTURY).
VISIT THE BEAUTIFUL ROYAL TAMAN AYUN TEMPLE.

TANAH LOT IS LOCATED ON A HUGE ROCK SURROUNDED BY INDIAN OCEAN AND RIGHT NEXT TO IT IS ULUWATU.THE TEMPLE STANDS IN THE INDIAN OCEAN AND IT WAS CARVED FROM CORAL LIME STONE IN THE 16TH CENTURY.HERE YOU CAN ENJOY THE BEST SUNSET IN THE ISLAND,VERY VERY ROMANTIC AND IDEAL PLACE TO GET MARRIED!






PURA GOA GAJAH “THE ELEPHANT CAVE TEMPLE” OF THE 11TH CENTURY IS USED BOTH BY HINDU AND BY BUDDHIST.


ALAS KEDATON MONKEY FOREST THE TEMPLE IS SURROUNDED BY MONKEYS OF ALL SIZES WHO JUMP TO YOU AND WANT TO PLAY BUT MOSTLY WHAT THEY WANT IS FOOD!



WHILE IN BALI ENJOY THE TRADITIONAL DANCES OF BARONG THAT RESEMBLES TO A THEATRE ACT, LEGONG WHICH IS ALWAYS DANCED BY ELEGANT WOMEN WITH ELEGANT MOVEMENTS AND KECAK THE MOST UNIQUE BALINESE DANCE, ALSO KNOWN AS THE DANCE OF FIRE BECAUSE IT IS DANCED AROUND A FIRE! IT IS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY ANY ORCHESTRA BUT ONLY BY A CHOIR OF 70 MEN!




JOGJAKARTA

IS THE CAPITAL OF INDONESIA IN THE ISLAND OF JAVA. IT IS LOCALLY CALLED JOGJA.HERE YOU CAN VISIT THE BIGGEST BUDDHIST TEMPLE, WHICH IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD BOROBUDUR TEMPLE.VERY IMPRESSIVE!


PRAMBANAN TEMPLE IS A HINDU TEMPLE UNFORTUNATELY LARGELY DESTROYED BY A RECENT EARTHQUAKE.


ALSO YOU CAN GO TO KRATON PALACE, KOTA GEDE PALACE AND PAWON MENDUT TEMPLE WHILE IN JOGJA.



ENJOY THE UNIQUE ATMOSPHERE OF BALI


AND REMEMBER….TRAVELING GIVES US LIVE!.....

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