This temple is much more off the beaten track. Hardly any tourists, or locals, and a lot more simpler.
Whenever you visit a place of worship, it’s respectful to follow the rules. Here are the rules that you need to consider when you visit a Hindu temple in Bali. Note rule 6.
Mmm, that would include most Sydneysiders as road rage is pandemic.
Bali locals told us that they’re very tolerant of different cultures and religions. I guess the air of general tolerance meant that migrants over the centuries adopted all things Balinese, too. Witness this building that we saw in the countryside. It might look like a temple from afar, but what’s that cross doing there?
Ah, it’s a Catholic church, Bali-style.
To round off Bali’s weird and wonderful things is this giant beetle. Again, not for the faint-hearted. I was very glad that I didn’t have to hold this one.
Less nervous with this grasshopper, even though it too was massive.
Continuing on the ‘weird and wonderful’ theme, we take a look at other oversized insect of the tropics. You might be familiar with stick insects, but the ones I’ve seen in Australia are rather delicate-looking. Not so in the tropics.
Enough of those delicate, little butterflies – what about this gigantasaur? We were a little nervous to have this one on us…
Really love the bright colour of this little butterfly. So beautiful!
We made a visit to a butterfly park. It was too difficult to take photos of the butterflies in the ‘wild’, but they had an enclosure where we got to see them up close. These are baby butterflies, just emerged from their cocoons.
Moving on to things that are weird and wonderful in Bali… We came across this interesting fruit that the Balinese nickname the lipstick fruit. The fruit isn’t good eating, but the juice has a vibrant red stain. Balinese women of times past used to smudge some on their lips as lipstick.