Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Bali Part 4 - Sanur with 3 swimming pools
Lunch was on the agenda and after ruling out the hotel’s two restaurants, we walked left on the beach path and only got as far as next door to Batu Bata. I had a seriously delicious roast veggie foccacia with feta and pesto, and J had a great steak sandwich. After eating, we walked a little further along to acquaint ourselves with the area before heading back to Griyan. The Sanur beach path is wonderful. Lots of shade with the beautiful sea and sea breezes making it very comfortable to have a decent stroll without melting. We caught a lot of ‘Massage? Manicure? Look in my shop’, but I smiled friendlily and politely refused. I enjoyed the little chit chat when it wasn’t too intrusive. Without all the hawkers, that beach walk would have to be up there as one of the best in the world. The rest of the afternoon was spent either in the pool(s) or on the pouch reading and relaxing.
That evening, we had arranged to meet our friends Mr A & Mrs M and young B at La Taverna. Mr A had proposed to Mrs M 20 years ago poolside at La Taverna so we decided to meet so they could show us the spot where it all happened. They also recommended the food and were keen to hear about Lembongan. They were going a few days after us and wanted our tips. Around 5, we slipped into a couple of cocktails before heading off to meet our good friends. Oh, and an hour before that, the most wonderful warm shower after the cold ones at Lembongan, much to poor J’s delight...
Over bintangs and bruscheta, we told our Lembongan stories and had a good old catch up. The meal was delicious as promised. Mr J had a Bali tasting plate with many different small dishes and I had a very yummy veggie calzone. We were all very happy with our meals, but the restaurant was pretty empty. A few hours later, we walked back to Griyan to show our friends our wonderful lodgings, where they caught a taxi back to Legian. Mr J and I headed beachside to their bar for another drink. Once again, I tried a local wine, and like my first one on Lembong, I was surprised by how it wasn’t as bad as what everyone had said – sure nothing like a crisp aussie sav. blanc but totally drinkable for the equivalent of $6.
The next morning, I slept in (OMG until 8am) due to the very comfy bed and quietness of the hotel. A leisurely breakfast in the glorious morning sunshine shining in over the sea onto our table followed. The air was moist with the on shore breeze but already warm. The plan was there was no plan – except checking out Sanur. Consulting the map, we decided on turning right up the main street out front of the hotel. Less than 100 metres up was a cafe called something like ‘the glasshouse’, with a sign stating ‘number 1 coffee in Bali as voted by TA’. How could we not go in. (BTW do we TA’ers vote on these things? Maybe I don’t read those emails....). The couple beside us were served their cappuccinos as we sat down, which looked fantastic! Mr J is a bit of a coffee drinker so was excited by the prospect of a decent coffee – the ‘Bali’ coffee was not his favourite. He ordered a large latte which was better than ‘Bali’ coffee, but wasn’t half as good as Mugshots, so he wasn’t impressed. My lemon juice on the other had was sensational –freshly squeezed and just perfectly refreshing.
Onwards up the road. Many stalls and shops were closed (it was after all barely 11am). We passed many restaurants and warangs so noted to come back in the evening for dinner. I browsed through a few stalls but nothing much took my fancy. The only thing we bought was one of the collapsible wooden baskets with the little handle. Ingenious invention these things. From a cute bowl with spiralling wooden layers to totally flat in one second, we liked them – practical and functional... So a quick lap up to the end where McDs is and back to Griyan in about an hour. By now, the sun had well and truly woken up and we were hot and sweaty from the dusty sunbaked sidewalks.