Nov 292011
 

It was a long drive from Lovina to Tirtagangga and the onlyexciting thing that happend was when the driver made a pit stop to get a good luck blessing from the temple devoted to driving and transportation. It went something like this: You pay some thousand rupiah, make a few prayers and a holy man sprinkles some holy water on you and the windscreen of the car and to finish it all off you stick some rice corns between your eyebrows.

Tirtagangga is a very nice royal water palace.

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We were going to stay one night at the palace at Hotel Tirta Ayu in a nice bungalow. However, we got a very nice surprise when we got informed that they had upgraded our room to ‘Villa Raja’. ‘Oh, that’s nice’, we thought (never got an upgrade like this before), and then we saw the house…

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… and it was ‘WOW’ instead!!! The bedroom is bigger than our own apartment’s living room and kitchen together, and the bathroom is just as big. In the back we even had our own little private pool 🙂

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We got informed that this was where the king stayed whenever he visited the palace. Greet and Fredde tried to look royal on the ‘throne’…

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Fredde had to try the pool as soon as possible!

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We had a nice lunch at the hotel restaurant that looks out over the palace garden

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In the afternoon we had a nice guided tour of rice terraces. We saw some amazing views again.

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The tour ended at a little village and the highlight was a little weaver shop where they made ‘real’ sarongs. First the thread had to be dyed with the right colors and pattern, and then it was spun onto a spool.

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Last it was weaved into a beautiful sarong :-). One sarong takes approximately three days to weave.

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Back at the palace Greet strolled around and took pictures while Fredde ran back to the weaver shop with some money to buy Greet a little present…

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After the tour and some advanced gymnastics, Greet got a well-deserved foot massage 🙂

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And we went for a swim in the palace pool

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The day ended at the restaurant where we had booked the special table (with the best view of the palace gardens).

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We had a traditional east Bali dinner with many small dishes, it was absolutely delicious! A perfect end on a perfect day!

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