Butterflies and Bali Temples

In my last post I promised a text about exotic fruits. Somehow I missed to take photos of all of them. But at least I took one of my two favorite fruits, Maracuja and Mangosteen. Both are rather hard to find in Germany. Maracuja is mainly known from mixed juices. It has a very funny gel like consistence and tastes fresh and not too sweet. Mangosteen is my number one since my first travel to Malaysia in 2006. I found it once or twice in one of Berlins many Asian supermarkets, but to really impressive prices. The taste is hard to describe, it´s somehow sweet and sour and fruity fresh (maybe something like ananas with peach).

Mangosteen and Maracuja:

The most interesting fruit in South East Asia is Durian, a quite smelly fruit. It is therefore known to be forbidden in public transport and offices and looks quite similar to Jackfruit. Both fruits are huge, green yellowish and have a prickly surface. They are mostly sold in small portions as a snack to go. I would really like to describe the difference in taste between both of them but I had no chance to try Durian. If you like to see someone else trying it, you can watch Jamie Oliver 😉

I´m also always curious about how the fruits that we only know as decorations of cocktail glasses grow. And hey, there was a star fruit tree (pardon me, dear plant biologists, how do you call that correctly?) in front of the Bali Butterfly Park.

Star fruit:

Bali Butterfly Park was our first stop on our second daytrip. Most impressive, the atlas moth with a size of both of my hand palms next to each other…

Schmetterling 🙂 in Bali Butterfly Park (Taman Kupu Kupu):

Atlas moth:

After we left the Butterfly Park (typical tourist attraction, but this time our individual planning paid off and it was quite empty) we went on to the second largest temple on the island. In front of Pura Taman Ayun you find a drum-tower, from the top you have a beautiful view of the whole area. The most inner part of the temple containing the pagoda you see in the pictures is not open for tourists.

Pura Taman Ayun:

More of the temple:

Proof… I was there!

Despite the many tourists, Bali is still able to produce most of the rice needed per year on its own. One of the most idyllic rice producing places is Jatiluih. Certain rice cultivars can be cultivated 3 times a year. As you can see there must have been some planting going on shortly before we visited.
Jatiluih:

Rice, rice, rice:

Our last station of the day was Pura Ulun Danu at the Bratan Lake. It is one of the main attractions of the island. The setting is indeed really impressive. In my pictures it almost looks like a calm lonely place. But we still had end of Ramadan and the truth is the place was super crowded with tourists taking photos with selfie sticks. I had the feeling this could be one of these things that get trendy everywhere soon.

Pura Ulun Danu at Bratan Lake:

Bratan Lake:

To end this post I´d like to show you some kitschy pictures taken in Kuta… where we went a couple of days later to do some shopping and watch the sunset while eating ice cream!
Sunset at Kuta beach:

Kitsch:

There´s one more trip on Bali to write about, wait for the next entry.

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