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19th February – Visiting the highest temple on Bali and eating fish at Lake Batur

One thing that Bali has is Volcanoes and hotsprings, a bit like Iceland but just a little hotter. Today we decided to hire a motorbike and visit one of the volcanoes, hot spring and a lake next to it.

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Julie was happy to have her banana pancake for breakfast and we then jumped on to the bike to travel 32km north to a volcano called Gunung Batur in Kintamani. It’s 1717m high and can be climbed, it takes maybe two hours to go up and down, but you’ll need a guide.

On our way there we saw locals most probably celebrating a temple festival, walking down the street in their droves, wearing white tops and banging on gongs, women carrying offerings on their heads.

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Before visiting the volcano we drove around and went further up in the hills to a temple 3km away called Pura Punack Penusilan. To get to the top you have to climb 260 steps which sounds a lot but it really isn’t difficult. It’s Bali’s highest temple, in this temple we saw statues of ancient deified kings and queens carved between 10th an 14th century. It’s free to enter and they accept donations.

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We drove back down and further down to the lake. It was pouring down with rain, and descended to lake Danau Batur. We couldn’t see much and the hot springs Toya Bungkah were quite expensive to just see so we had food at a Warung next to the lake. The food was delicious, we ate fish with rice for 15,000 IDRs each.

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After the little tour we left an headed back to Ubud. Got back around 5pm, went to supermarket for some little things and had dinner back in our room, eating pot noodles.

All together we did 100km today on the motorcycle. In Bali, if you can take a motorcycle do it, as it save you a lot of money and can do things at your own pace.

En français:

Ah, le bonheur d’être chez soi! Enfin c’est un peu ce qu’on ressent quand notre petit déjeuner arrive sur notre terrasse.

Une fois prêts, on emprunte un scooter pour la journée et on roule vers le volcan
Batur et Kintamani. Ça prend un peu de temps et surtout de l’essence car on ne fait que grimper.

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Plus on monte plus il fait froid et je regrette vraiment de ne pas avoir pris plusieurs épaisseurs.
Quand on arrive, on est dans les nuages mais la vue sur le Batur vaut quand même vraiment le coup. On roule un peu plus loin jusqu’au temple Pura Puncak Penulisan. C’est le temple le plus élevé de Bali et il est souvent dans les nuages comme aujourd’hui. Il est sympa mais faut grimper beaucoup de marches avant de pouvoir l’apprécier.

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On redescend après la visite et on reprend le scooter pour aller au fond du volcan près du lac Batur. Il se met à pleuvoir super fort donc on enfilé nos capes et on continue jusqu’aux sources d’eau chaude. Quand on voit le prix de l’entrée on fait vite demi-tour: 100,000 roupies!

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Ensuite, on se pose dans un petit Warung pour déguster du poisson d’eau douce avec du riz, du tempe frit et des cacahuètes, typiquement balinais! C’est vraiment bon.

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On prend notre scooter sous la pluie et quand on entreprend la montée ça se calme un peu.

On décide de redescendre vers Ubud par un autre route via Tampaksiring.

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On est de retour tout mouillés, car oui il a fallu renfiler nos capes sur le chemin.

À 16h30, je vois que le premier film “The Girl with the dragon tattoo” est téléchargé donc on est tout excité et on fonce à la chambre pour le regarder.

À 19h30, on demande de l’eau chaude pour nos Cup noodles que l’on déguste sur notre terrasse.

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