My 4 days in Ubud, solo – Day 2 – Penestanan wanders (part 1)

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My 4 days in Ubud, solo – Day 2 – Penestanan wanders (part 1)

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I have a rough itinerary planned for each day – today is earmarked for a morning walking through Penestanan so off I go, map in hand, across the rickety bridge near Bridges then up the other side.

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I get to the steep hill to the south of Jl Raya Ubud & charge on up it. I wander along taking it all in. Not much happening yet as it’s early still. It’s all very nice but I kind of think what the heck is all the buzz about? My map tells me I can cut into off the main road to get to the village part but I can’t see a way so I end up walking all the way back to Jl Raya Ubud!

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But I have a plan. I know of some stairs not far along from here so keep walking & there they are. I watch some bule dressed in traditional Balinese ceremony dress – they are heavy in conversation so I just smile & admire them as they walk past.

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I see a little walk way so wander along – solo travel for me is awesome as I can choose on a whim what to do without discussion or eye rolling from husband or child! The path leads me to brilliant emerald fields! Hmmm, maybe this is what people are talking about?

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Off I go again back to the stair path but head up & over & all of a sudden I’m in this lovely part of town.

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I stop for a cup of Bali kopi at Lala & Lili. It’s so pretty with its dining pavilions & garden but it’s the little puppy who keeps me company who wins my heart!

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That done I walked down the hill & admire all the guesthouses, restaurants & spas. I’ve come down into the valley & it is all jungle like with lots of pretty homes. Still I’m left thinking, really, where’s the magic here?

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Up I go again in search of the Yellow Flower café. I walk all the way back up to almost the stairs & spy a sign so follow it. Oooooooohhhhh this area is very gorgeous. So many villas & compounds & gorgeous little gangs that lead to killer views of emerald fields. I think I might be starting to see the side of Penestanan that people love!

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I wander through the Yellow flower & out the other side, clove cigarette & man buns left, right & centre. On I go & just wander where ever my heart desires.

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I happen upon a path that leads through the fields & I’m just in heaven – it’s so pretty & I really feel good here.

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I’m happy & a bit hungry so I walk to where I have heard I can get back down onto the main road known as Jl Sanggangin which is just east of the Bintang Supermarket. Success!

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I have a little wander before spying The Elephant restaurant so head on in for some breaky! The Elephant has a sister café in Canggu called Green Ginger & it is still one of our best enjoyed meals from a family trip a few years ago so I’m really happy to be here now. I order a coconut & pineapple frappe as well as some gorgeous tomato, feta & basil sourdough toast. It was delicious!

Exhausted now I arrange transport back to Bisma Cottage. He says 70k, I say 50k, he says no, I walk away, he says 60k, I say ok! I’m back to my comfy hotel in no time. I have a rest & a swim & smile my head off at being back here.

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