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paulgila

time for another bali travel pictorial! join paul & jess for two weeks in paradise!

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killing time at LAX.

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"only 3 hrs till the plane leaves!"

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almost to taipei.

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thinks:"taipei:second rate destination."

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paulgila

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paid for by taiwan tourism board.

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thats me,too.really.

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in the taipei airport theres not much else to do but stalk the flight-staff...

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...& look out those huge windows.

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paulgila

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"i am freakin freezing."

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"coldest airport EVER."

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1st pix in bali!

"suddenly boiling hot!"

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"just kill me!"

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paulgila

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the 1st thing you notice in bali is "what can they put in a truck/on a motor-bike"

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see above.

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hotel "puri bunga" was totally run-down last time i was there but recently bought by kuta

hotel chain that has fixed it up a bit.

jess is a bit over-come by the whole experience.

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i hope they have good insurance.

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paulgila

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we arrived in bali around 2 pm & got to ubud around 4:30 or 5--not much daylight left.

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starts to rain...rainy season you know.

coccothrinax & d.lutescens are pretty common but still rockin'.

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all dressed up for dinner.

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tired but happy.

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Kris

Dear Paul :)

Very nice...:winkie:

Thanks & Love,

kris :drool:

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BS Man about Palms

You moved me from the main area for this?

More.

More, mister!

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paulgila

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"man of mystery."

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"man of mystery" loves duck!

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suddenly it was the next day.

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still there.

even now.

go check if you dont believe me.

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paulgila

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i didnt know they had shuttles,and to think last time i walked!

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awesome view was included in the room price.

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they are so cute at that age.

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the river was named after blues-singer muddy waters.

weeeellllll,coulda been.

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paulgila

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too much bali coffee & you temporarily lose the ability to pronounce certain vowels.

believe me,i know.

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here i am seeing something.

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they have really done alot with the place,a few years ago it was really run-down.

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ariscott

Ah.... equatorial highlands... Now I am really homesick!! Not long to go for me.... Thanks for posting Paul...

Regards, Ari :)

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Jeff in St Pete

Just a tease so far Paul. I look forward to the rest of the photos!

BTW, nice shirt!

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Gbarce

This is going to be another epic thread by Mr. Denton.

You better have at least 1,000 pictures Paul or else you'll let us all down.mrlooney.gifbiggrin.gif

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paulgila

well there are alot of pix with both jess & i snappin' away. :blush:

jeff thanks again for the shirt! this years "t-shirt theme" was alcoholic beverages & yer shirt was the inspiration!

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bgl

Great photos, Paul! :) Looking forward to more!

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paulgila

thanks,bo,et al.

jess edited the core 200 pix or so which have been named "high-lights," so if any of em look especially good it was her.

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paulgila

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here i am going to kill the frogs that kept me up all nite in the pond on left side of the pic.

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an heroic pose.

the palm,that is.

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nice pool.sadly i didnt get to swim at this hotel.

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heres my friend & driver wayan tubek(on right) doing what he does best: chatting!

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paulgila

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wayan told us there was a cockfight in his village.its part of their religion.

gambling,i mean.

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the roar of the crowd was deafening.

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snacks for sale.

not like the ones at your local super-mega-dome.

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men smoking the ever-present kretek,or clove cigarettes.

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paulgila

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trying to look like i know what i'm doing.

some people actually came up to us & asked which contestants we thought would win a few times,maybe they thought we'd have some kinda

"beginners luck."the ones who followed our advice always lost.

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the action is lightning-fast.

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at times there are so many dewds in the ring doing who-knows-what they you cant see the chickens.

maybe thats a good thing.

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do i look as uncomfortable as i was? as you may have guessed by the tarp in the last shots it was raining ALOT so it was extra hot & humid.

we were no where near acclimated to the climate since we had just arrived the afternoon before.

here we are at the famous restaurant "ibu oka" getting a much-deserved lunch!

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paulgila

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see?this shot proves it.

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the mangosteen were abundant & delicious!

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you can get a plate with a little of everything,which i highly recommend.

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heres the pig in his natural habitat.

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Tassie_Troy1971

Some great photos Paul of another exotic place - :drool:

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paulgila

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in ubud.note the huge arenga pinnata on left of pic.

after a good lunch we were off to nusa dua.

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"the grand bali" hotel,nusa dua.

jess' parents have a time share & gave us a room for a few days!

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the room was awesome!

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heres the balcony over-looking the pool.

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paulgila

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balcony view of the hotels 2 "L shaped" pools.

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jess gettin saucy after we had a welcome drink & comp 1/2 hr massage!

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pool bar & resto.the restaurant was pretty average,we went out alot,even for breakfast although it was free at the hotel.

not too many visitors besides us,i'd say we saw about 6 other couples.

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the best thing i ate here was ice cream with avocado & coconut chunks.

tried my best to get jess to like the avocado/ice cream thing,but she wouldnt buy it.

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paulgila

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the next day we went for a walk in the morning.it rained all night the night before so we wanted to explore.

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hotel/resto that didnt make it.

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just walkin around trying to dodge the people trying to sell ya stuff.

we didnt make it.

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thats why i look a bit peeved here.

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ariscott

I can imagine how it could be very unpleasant for you... If I were you, I would live in the pool :) :)

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paulgila

it was definitely more humid this time of year,ari.

by the time we left i was just getting used to it. :mrlooney:

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paulgila

i scrolled all the way down here for that,bradford? :angry:

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Jeff in St Pete

i scrolled all the way down here for that,bradford? :angry:

I waited for all those photos to load again to see this? :blink:

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Jeff Searle

Brother Paul,

You know, the first pics of you in the LA airport and all bundled up, I thought you were really on your way back to Montana or where that boring. Opps,sorry, that fascinating trip you made where it was really cold. My bad.

Anyways, your pictures are really cool so far. Especially the cow's butts. Once in a million your ever going to see that again in Bali, aye?

Ubud brings back some great memories for me personally. Isn't that where the monkey park is? I almost got attacked and mauled in there because I had a big stick in my hand. Protecting Andrea. Andrea got really pissed at me.

Look forward to many more pic's. Hi Jess! :D

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Walter John

Did you get to any beaches Paul ?

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Gileno Machado

Did you get to any beaches Paul ?

I was going to ask the same thing Paul...In my mind I've always pictured Bali with paradisiac beaches, perfect waves, coconuts by the sea and Salak palms fruiting in the backyard...

Your photos are always nice anyway (except for the cockfights, I'll tell ya...) these hotels look perfect and the gardens are superb...Say hello to Jess...was it her first time in Bali?

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paulgila

jeff you are a pushover for monkeys & cow-butts.

greenleaf(whoever you are) beach pix coming up.stay tuned.

gileno yes it was her 1st time.waves,salak & coconuts all coming up as well.

:winkie::)

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sur4z

Great pics...sheeesh, cruises to Mexico, cross country excursions to South Florida, trips to Bali (the trip to North Dakota doesn't count)...I need a job that would give me that much time off!!!

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paulgila

all i got outta that message is you have no job. :rolleyes:

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ariscott

Well... hurry up then... Cepat, bosan nih!!

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palmislandRandy

Paul, Just not enough food photos :wacko::sick: !

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MattyB

Great pics...sheeesh, cruises to Mexico, cross country excursions to South Florida, trips to Bali (the trip to North Dakota doesn't count)...I need a job that would give me that much time off!!!

...and let you look at breasts all day. Paul's got my dream job.

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