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Aerial view of rice fields from our Drone

 

Keliki: The real Bali…

Living in a real Balinese village away from the tourists and big hotels,surrounded by rice fields and sections of jungle that the locals call  “Garden View” where the locals have the right to use the natural resources from the jungle and also to set up tiny allotments that are often made up of a few bamboo shacks with a couple chickens, a cow, vegetable patch and banana trees..

We were staying in the Balé (house) of Komette and his wife Sita, who are part of the “Keliki Painting School”  which we recommend to anyone wanting to experience village life and to learn about Balinese painting art and culture.. our Balé  “Widi house” was just outside the village surrounded by rice fields and on the edge of the jungle. Perfect for a stay with 2 young children.

we arrived in Keliki just as the rice was reaching its maturity and ready to be harvested, (a 4 month cycle) the yellow of the rice and green paths of the terrases came together to provide us with beautiful views during our daily walks,  some of the fields had started to be harvested and is still done by hand by the men and the women of the village.. which is no easy job considering the temperature and humidity in this area, But this doesn’t stop them giving us huge friendly smiles as we pass.

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Keliki: L’Authentique…

A la rencontre des villageois et ballades dans les rizières et dans les Garden View (partie de la jungle où les habitants ont le droit de cultiver et d’y prendre les ressources: bananes, bois…).

Nous étions logés dans le balé de Komette et de son épouse Sita, qui fait partie de la « Keliki Painting School », on recommande vivement cette adresse, pour leur accueil et leur dévouement, de plus le balé est entouré de rizières et de garden view, c’est très reposant.

Nous sommes arrivés au moment où les rizières offrent leur plus beau spectacle, car il faut quatre mois au riz pour qu’il arrive à maturation. Chaque habitant a sa parcelle de riz. Certaines parcelles commençaient à être coupées, tout le travail se fait manuellement, et on baisse notre chapeau devant le courage des hommes et des femmes qui travaillent sans relâche sous cette chaleur écrasante.. et qui nous offrent leur plus beau sourire en passant.

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Les premiers copinages.. / The first friends

 

Notre petit chemin guidant aux rizières / Our little pathway to the rice field
Notre petit chemin guidant aux rizières / Our little pathway to the rice field

 

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Subak sur une parcelle de riz / Subak on a rice field

 

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Jenny se baladant dans les rizières / jenny walking through the rice field

 

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Lucie en plein marathon! / Lucie in marathon mode!

 

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Gerbe de riz / Grains of rice

 

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Sur le chemin du travail / On the path to work

 

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Fauchage et récupération du riz / Harvesting the rice

 

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Joli sourire d’une fermière / Beautiful smile from a farmer

 

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Ouf..un peu d’ombre à la pause! / A little rest in the shade

 

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Petit poulailler dans les Garden view.. / Chicken coops in the garden view

 

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Des enfants du village / Children from the village

 

Opération décollage / Flight preparation
Opération décollage / Flight preparation

 

Lets go Fly a kite
Allez envole-toi cerf volant!! /Lets go Fly a kite!

 

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Notre bureau avec la vue du patio de la maison Widi /The office and view from patio at Widi house

Things to visit /Visites à faire à proximité:

  • Barong Dance performance

“Barons” The Lion like beast Symbolises Good, and is very often found at the entrance to temples

  • Spectacle de danse Barong:

Barong, bête aux allures de lion et symbolisant le bien, on le retrouve très souvent sur les temples.

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  • Bali Geo:

A place to taste and buy aromatized coffee and tea. The most famous of them being the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi luwak (Indonesian pronunciation: [ˈkopi ˈlu.aʔ]), or civet coffee, refers to the coffee that includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus). the droppings are collected,Dried washed, dried again before being roasted and ground ready for brewing.. Yummy, to be honest the coffee is good but not worth the price, and also this industry is starting to be brought into question about the treatment and living conditions of the Palm civets.. heres is an article about the Kopi Lowak industry Cutting the crap which we only discovered after our visit to Bali Geo so you can make up your own mind about the ethics of it.. Bali Geo was a nice place and their civets looked to be happy and kept in good clean conditions..

  • Bali Geo:

Dégustation des produits locaux (café, thé au ginseng, thé au gingembre, cacao, citronnelle). On y trouve l’un des cafés les plus chers du monde, le café Luwak (une civette ingère, digère l’écorce du grain puis rejette dans ses excréments le grain de café qui est ensuite lavé, torréfié et proposé à la consommation… ben ouais! mais de loin le meilleur café!), c’est très sympa et le cadre est idyllique, permettant de découvrir les nombreux fruits et épices cultivés à Bali (poivrier, giroflier, caféier, ananassier, cacaotier, vanille, gingembre, cardamone, citronnelle, ginseng, etc…).

 

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Séchage des grains de café Luwak… avant son lavage! / Drying of the Luwak droppings .. before washing!

 

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Torréfaction au feu de bois / Coffee roasting and grinding

 

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Dégustation des cafés et des thés / Coffee and tea tasting
  • Pura Gunung Kawi

to get to the  site you first have to climb down over 230 steps ,(that’s the easy part) the hard part is walking back up with a 3 year old on your shoulders and a 4 year old pulling on your shirt and begging to be carried as well  ;-/

Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century temple and funerary complex in Tampaksiring[ north east of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia,that is spread across either side of the Pakerisan river. It comprises 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) that are carved into some 7-metre-high (23 ft) sheltered niches of the sheer cliff face. These funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. On the east side there are five temples that are dedicated, according to one theory, to King Udayana, his queen Mahendradatta, and their sons Airlanga, Anak Wungsu, and Marakata. The temples on the west side are dedicated, according to the same theory, to the king’s minor queens or concubines.

Inscription: on the north shrine (east side) a legible inscription reads: “Haji Lumahing Jalu,” meaning “the king made a temple here.”

  • click here for a 360° view of the shrines on our Facebook page
  • Tombes royales de Gunung Kawi Tampaksiring:

Plus de 230 marches descendent à ce site très bien conservé, datant du XIème siècle. Cet ensemble de tombes est destiné au roi Anak Wungsu, à ses épouses et à sa favorite.

Click ICI pour une panorama 360° de temples sur notre page FacebookTira Empul aquatic Temple

Rice fields on the way down to the temple
Rice fields on the way down to the temple

 

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Les gardiennes du temple / Guardiens of the temple

 

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Tombes des épouses

 

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Qué calor!
  • Tirta Empul aquatic Temple

Tirta Empul Temple was founded around a large water spring in 962 A.D. during the Warmadewa dynasty (10th-14th centuries). The name of the temple comes from the ground water source named “Tirta Empul”. The spring is the source of the Pakerisan river. The temple is divided into three sections: Jaba Pura (front yard), Jaba Tengah (central yard) and Jeroan (inner yard). Jaba Tengah contains 2 pools with 30 showers which are named accordingly: Pengelukatan, Pebersihan and Sudamala dan Pancuran Cetik (poison).

The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, another Hindu god name for the supreme consciousness Narayana. On a hill overlooking the temple, a modern villa was built for President Sukarno’s visit in 1954. The villa is currently a rest house for important guests.

 

  • Temple aquatique de Tirta Empul:

Deux bassins secondaires servent de lieux de purification aux Balinais qui parcourent leur rituel de jet en jet et de gauche à droite. Dans le grand bassin, jaillissent des eaux miraculeuses avec autour l’édification d’un sanctuaire.

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