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The honeymoon bed304 viewsThe bed in our room at Le Meridien Nirwana in Bali was sprinkled with rose petals
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The bath at the hotel251 viewsThe bath had a heart of frangipani and rose petals
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Honeymoon cake201 viewsWe received a complimentary "Happy Honeymoon" chocolate cake
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Self-portrait267 viewsNigel takes his own picture in the hotel room on arrival in Bali
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Tanah Lot from the hotel279 viewsThe hotel was very close to Tanah Lot, one of the holiest Hindu temples in Bali. The temple is built on top of a rock, standing in the sea. This picture was taken from part of the golf course associated with the hotel.
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Tanah Lot again241 viewsAnother picture of Tanah Lot from the same location
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Tanah Lot as the sun sets226 viewsA picture taken from the beach near Tanah Lot
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Victoria on the beach at Tanah Lot387 views
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Visitors to Tanah Lot173 viewsEach sunset sees many tourists and locals visiting Tanah Lot, as its location on the south-west coast of Bali makes it an idea location for viewing the sunsets. Under the cliffs on the right of the picture, holy coral snakes live, which you can see for a suitable donation.
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Sunset near Tanah Lot187 views
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Other temples near Tanah Lot182 viewsThere are many other buildings and temples built on the shore near Tanah Lot, with quite a few shops and postcard sellers catering for tourists.
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Tanah Lot170 views
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Sunset from Tanah Lot beach162 views
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Sunset from Tanah Lot beach176 views
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Some people we met at Tanah Lot234 viewsThey wanted to take our photos, no idea why!
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Tanah lot from further along the beach154 views
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Looking towards our clifftop hotel from Tanah Lot beach147 viewsThe beach was mostly black volcanic sand, so wasn't much good for sunbathing or swimming. Le Meridien Nirwana hotel can only just be seen from the beach.
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Waves break on the shore at Tanah Lot157 views
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Traditional Balinese Dance186 viewsWe went to a Barong and Kris Dance. It started with a short piece about a tiger, a monkey and some woodcutters. After that two dancers came on.
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Gamelan Orchestra224 viewsThe dances were accompanied by a gamelan orchestra
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Gamelan Orchestra335 viewsThe instruments are mostly bamboo percussion instruments but there are also flute-like wind instruments
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Two dancers perform the Legong dance226 views
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Two dancers perform the Legong dance184 views
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One of the Legong dancers247 views
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The other Legong dancer216 views
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The dance theatre at Batubulan156 viewsThe dance took place in a dedicated theatre. As far as I can tell this was a traditional Balinese theatre, with the split gate at the back of the stage, in front of a temple-like structure. The audience sits in tiered rows.
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Two male dancers153 viewsI think these were supposed to be servants of the Prime Minister
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Rangda attacks the Prime Minister190 viewsThe white-haired creature with long finger nails is the Rangda, a witch. Witches always wear stripey trousers (which should make them easy to spot).
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The Prime Minister155 views
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The Queen142 views
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The Queen with Sadewa, her son.148 viewsThe Rangda is visible in the background
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Sadewa pleads with his mother for his life140 viewsThe part of Sadewa is played by girl (one of the two who earlier performed the Legong dance, I think)
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The Queen insists that Sadewa be taken to the forest and killed150 views
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Sadewa is tied up142 viewsThe Prime Minister's two servants take Sadewa to the forest and time him to a tree
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The Rangda enters148 viewsCarried on the shoulders of her servants
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The Rangda prepares to kill Sadewa134 views
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The Rangda again, with a monkey on the left.178 views
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The Prime Minister arrives to save Sadewa135 views
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.. but is bewitched by the Rangda133 views
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The Rangda transforms into a bird144 views
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