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Posted by mervfrench on July 19, 2011

We have just come back from 5 days in Bali.  This is the first time we have been and we are probably the last West Australians to go there. We have never had any real desire to go to Bali but friends booked a cheap deal so we decided to see what the whole thing is about.  Now 5 days is not a big test thats for sure but you can get a feel for the place and we did get around quite a bit. We even run into Muzz there, so they will let anyone into Bali it seems.

Believe it or not I’m not one for sitting in a pool and drinking all day ( made up for it at night though 🙂  ) , so we hired a driver and we all went up to the mountains and around the top end area. Our driver even took us to the home of his family and we met  his grandmother who is supposedly 110 yrs old. Unfortunately Helen was a little off color that day so it was a bit of an ordeal for her. We walked the streets and the back allys and went into all sorts of fruit and meat markets etc. We found some great eating places and the food was generally very good.

The trip to Bali was an interesting experience and after  some initial thoughts that the place was pretty ordinary, after a while it did grow on us.  We did quite enjoy our short stay there, although our friends  ended up quite ill on the last day, that seems to part of the deal and you get it for free.

 Would we go back again ??  Maybe , never say never, but there is more to the world than Bali.

This is the entrance wall to a place called the Junction or Potato Head, its a bar and food place on the beach at Seminyak , and it is made entirely out of window shutters. I’m sure a lot of you will know this place.

13 Responses to “Shutters.”

  1. That’s a great story and a cool pick mate!

    More please!:)

  2. davidsobik said

    Pretty wild looking building Merv! Nice image. Yep never been myself!

    Cheers mate.

  3. Eden said

    Whoa, cool 🙂

  4. muzz said

    Nicely seen Merv – I spent most of my time watching where I was putting my feet rather than looking up! Just trying to orientate myself with our Bali landmarks – was this near the ballet shop, costume shop, leather shop or DVD shop 😦

    • mervfrench said

      Yeah the footpaths are a bit treacherous if you can call them footpaths. More like drains semi covered.

      Looking up all the time could easily get you knee deep in S**T.

      I went into buy 1 specific DVD and come out with 12 as you get a free one or two with each purchase and then that puts you into the next level and you can get two more free ones and then 4 free ones ……. I just paid the money to get out of the place.

      Probably never watch them. 🙂

  5. Good shot Merv. You’ve expressed exactly how I feel about Bali. I have absolutely no desire to go there, too commercial, I know I couldn’t eat the food anyway (lots of food intolerances/bad reactions) and it is hot and steamy most of the time. I can be hot and steamy at home LOL.

    But as you say, you never know. I believe the more remote areas of the island are very beautiful, that would appeal to me more.

  6. mervfrench said

    It is commercial Odille , but not as we know it !!!

    There are some very nice parts we saw and we by no means covered it all.

    But then again there are plenty of beautiful areas and islands in that region of the world without all the hype that goes on in Bali.

    It is a good and inexpensive way too see a different culture in complete safety rather than go out on a limb to far flung India or the wilds of South America.

    The food is fine with the better restaurants serving meals equal to any of the best we have eaten in Perth.

    I think it worth a visit to make your own mind up.

  7. hodgy1 said

    Wow thats a different sort of wall, do any of them open ? A lot of the unit type buildings in India had these type of shutters. Sounds like you will have to head back there and really get aquainted with the place to me.

  8. Hey Merv, that’s a pretty cool shot. I’ve never been there, Tegan has, but after our short trip north we both feel that we’d rather see Australia first. People believe you should travel abroad when you’re young, and travel Australia when you’ve retired. Didn’t see too many old people in the bowels of the gorges at Karijini!! Like you say, never say never!!

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