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Bali - Day 4 - Coffee and Monkeys

Coffee and the MOnkey Forest


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We were back in Ubud to visit a Lewac coffee plantation and check out the Balinese civic coffee. We also got to try a whole lot of other coffees.
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After that we went to the Monkey Sanctuary.
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That was an interesting experience - especially with the monkeys climbing all over us.

We finished off by visiting a temple.
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A bit of a long day - but quite interesting.

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Bali - Day 3 - Ubud

Cooking Class

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OK a quick blog.
Yesterday we did a balinese cooking class via eoasia.
It started with a viosit to a local market and then we were taken back to a traditional compund house and shown how to cook 8 dishes

great day - great food - great hostess. not expensive and a lovely way to spend a day.

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Bali - Seminyak day 2 - Turtle Island, jetski & parasaili

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Today was the fun day. We went off to Nusa Dua for some sport and to go to Turtle Island.
It started with the parasailing. Unfortunately that was too slow. From the time I was hooked on to the time I was unhooked was probably less than 5 min.
I was hooked on, lifted up. The boat did a circuit and I was back down. Way too fast.
The jetski on the other hand was well worth the money. The instructor took me out past the boats then let me take over. Basically I went around the area. Towards different sections of the mainland. Past the old / sunken fishing boats and further around the bay.
That was a lot of fun. That was at least 15 minutes. And it was a great ride.

From there we took a glass bottom boat out into the bay and saw some fish, then on to Turtle Island.

The afternoon was spent back at the villa just relaxing.

In the evening we walked to the Semniyak beach and watched the sunset.
Not as spectacular as the one a few days ago, but very pretty.

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Bali - Seminyak


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Ok. We left kuta and were taken to our villa in Seminak - Villa Damai Lesyari
It's very nice - close to the main strip - but not in it. Our manager D is very helpful and the facilities are great.
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Bali - Kuta

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OK - just a short note and soe nice photos.

We left Melbourne quite early - 10 qm flight out that arrived about 12.30 local time (3.30 melbourne time)

by the time we'd clared the airport we got too our hotel forthe day (the Kutabex) by about 2.30
a 1uick bi of packing and then a quick walk around the streets - found a good place to eat in the local sdhopping centre - which the locals use.
Spent some time wandering through the stalls in teh local street and then back to the hotes to sit in the pool, drink cocktails and watch the sunset.

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90 Mile Beach and Waitangi

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We started the day by the Stone Store in Kerikeri.
It's an old stone storehouse that's been restored.
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Stone House - Kerikeri

Stone House - Kerikeri

Stone House - Kerikeri

Stone House - Kerikeri

Stone House - Kerikeri

After that we drove up to 90 mile beach. The wind was quite strong, blowing sand and spray everywhere. The spray was quite intense and our glasses misted up almost immediately. There was a small group of wind surfers, who were getting some amazing speed across the water. However, the spray was intense enough that it was almost impossible to take any pictures. Nevertheless, it was still a great walk along the beach.
90 Mile Beach - wind surfing

90 Mile Beach - wind surfing

It was almost dinner time by then so we drove to Mangonui and went to one of the North's most reputable fish and chip shops for dinner. They have quite a location, with the deck looking out across the bay.
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On the drive back we had this amazing sunset.
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Sunset - Kerikeri

Sunset - Kerikeri

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Sunset - Kerikeri

Today was quieter, but it started with a bit of history.
Waitangi - where the New Zeal;and Treaty was originally signed is now a NZ National trust site.
The grounds have certainly been extended since we were last here in the '90s.
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Governors House Lawn - Waitango

Governors House Lawn - Waitango

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Waitango Meeting House

The Trust site also has the Ngatokimatawhaorua - one of the world's largest Maori ceremonial war canoes. It was built for the Waitangi Treaty Day Centenary celebrations in 1940.
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Large Waka - Waitango

After we'd toured the Waitango grounds we headed into Paihia and spent the day just relaxing on the beach and doing a little swimming.

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Russell Tall Ships Race - R. TuckerThompson

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Yesterday we spent the day on the Tall Ship - the R. Tucker Thompson. We picked a good day to do a tour, because it was the Russell Tall Ship race day, so there were lots of other ships in the harbour.
The captain put on a good act as the pirate captain - he was just missing the eye patch and parrot, but he and the crew were really friendly and made the whole day very enjoyable.
The R. Tucker Thompson is run as a trust, and provides sailing experience for children and school groups, so it was worth taking that tour, rather than a commercial one.

The tour starts with the ships leaving the jetty and heading to the start line. Part of the fun is the water bombing which goes between the various ships. There are even catapults to help hit ships further away.
After we'd been out for about 30 minutes, we were served with lovely scones, with real cream and jam.
The boat then hauled sail and had a shot at the race for the next hour or so, then headed into a bay for lunch.
While we were anchored there people were using a rope swing to go swimming and enjoy the brisk waters.

R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

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R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

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R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

After lunch we headed back to the main port. Before and after lunch we had the opportunity to climb the rigging (in a safety harness). I thought it was quite exhilarating climbing the rigging.
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R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

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R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship

After the cruise we stayed on in Russell, and went tot he Russell Boat Club Hangi (for $15), which is an annual event after the tall ship race where they give out the awards fr the day. The Boat club certainly knows how to put on a good Hangi, with bands. It's all a very family oriented event (until about 1.00 am I believe).
We left around 8.30, to catch the 9.00 pm ferry back, and were treated to a lovely sunset across the bay.

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Russell Boat Club Haingi

Russell - Tall Ship

Russell - Tall Ship

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