|By far, this is the best bargain in a hotel we've experienced in our travels.|
|A bubbling oval rock in the hotel lobby.|
The first flight from Phuket to Singapore was relatively painless, smooth and uneventful and not too uncomfortable for me during the two plus hours in the air.
|Ninety percent of the Balinese people observe the Hindu faith and their lives are |
steeped in the rich history and traditions.
An hour into the first flight lunch was served. Tom ordered the "free" beer (I ordered a second beer for him) but declined the food especially when it consisted of dark chicken meat. I ate a little of the chicken that didn't appear to have sauce on it, knowing it would be a long time until we'd eat again.
I'd considered having a meal at the Singapore Changi Airport but couldn't find anything suitable in the terminal for my way of eating when most of it is Asian with sugary sauces, batter, flour and rice. No problem. I'm used to it.
|The pool at the hotel.|
Having spent the last six weeks resting with minimal walking, after yesterday's long walks I may be able to start walking a little in Bali, maybe a few short trips each day; one on the soft sand of the beach in front of the villa and the other, on the soft surface of the smooth road in the quiet neighborhood.
|The dining room at the Hilton Garden Inn Ngurah Airport Hotel, a great place to stay when being close to the airport is useful.|
By 4 pm, we boarded on the second flight with SilkAir. The huge plane was fairly comfortable with personal video screens although neither of us could find a movie we liked or hadn't seen. The time went quickly although the flight was longer than the first.
|Fresh orchids in the hotel lobby.|
There's seldom an exception to this. We have a tendency to associate travel days with feeling exhausted, more from the lack of sleep the prior night than the activities of the day; the long walks in terminals, the commotion, the taxis, the lines at immigration, customs and baggage pickup (none of which I'm handling) never seem to make us weary.
|Light fixtures in hotel lobby.|
We'll be back tomorrow with the four or five hour harrowing drive behind us, our groceries stocked, our bags unpacked and looking forward to enjoying 60 days and nights in the beautiful oceanfront villa in Bali's countryside.
Life is good. Hope it is for you as well.
Photo from one year ago today, September 2, 2015:
|Midday sunlight filtering through the trees in Trinity Beach, Australia with only a few days until departing. For more photos, please click here.|