monkeys, Legong Dance and Ubud's blackout
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wake up, move to the sunbeds and soak up the sun whenever getting too hot a quicï½‹ã€€jump into the pool before drying off again. Breakfast comes delivered to our villa, toast , crossaints, yogurt and fresh fruit sitting under the bale. I don't want to leave but with only two days to go of paradise its time to explore Ubud some more.
The monkey forest sanctuary is home to the grey haired,long tailed Balinese macaque, They are everywhere happy to pose for photos and also a handout for some food, these monkeys used to be famous for being aggressive and stealing things from visitors but the forest has benifitted from an infusion of money and are much better behaved than those of Uluwatu.
The forest sanctuary houses three temples, the most interesting being the temple of the dead, with monkeys playing and climbing over the walls,look for the carvings of the Rangda devouring children with its long tongue wrapped around their heads. People come here to grieve there lost ones.
With it already getting late it was time for lunch, with so many restraunts and cafes in Ubud it is hard to choose a place. We settled on the black beach an Italian cafe. It's a 2 floor restraunt overlooking rice fields, the first floor is the bar which is covered with black sand hence that's where the cafe gets it's name from. Even though we were the only customers there it took forever to get served and get our order, even drinks .
With my son getting a bit restless and sick of the galleries it was time to keep him entertained so we took a private car to the Bali bird park. The park was quite small and there was only one walk in aviary all the rest were cages in decent size enclosures. one of the reasons for coming here was to get a close look at the Bali sterling a beautiful white bird with an aqua blue ring around it's eye thought to be nearly extinct in the wild except for a small area in the Taman National park in the western part of Bali. Also they had one komodo dragon that is only found on a couple of islands in Indonesia near Flores, Komodo and Rinca islands.
Back in Ubud and already evening the shops, restraunts and cafes were in darkness, the town had no power, this I thought was cool, like being in a time warp and been brought back in time.
Being in Ubud we thought that we should experience some more culture, this time at the Ubud palace to witness the Legong dance. The place was so crowded and the only seating was to sit on the ground causing a lot of discomfort, it wasn't the speecial atmosphere that I was hoping for but still the moves of the flashing eyes and quivering hands of dancers dancing in mirror images managed to keep my attention. The story behind the Legong is about a king who takes a maiden captive and manages to start a war.
Back at the villa with the pool illuminated it was time for one last dip before bed, what a wonderful way to finish the day.