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Posted by - ® Catherine on December 5, 2006 at 10:37 am:
Where to start.....
We decided to go to Bali in September as a bit of a last minute decision as time was getting the better of us with so many other demands.
I trawled the internet looking for accommodation - something in an apartment or villa that was affordable and a convenient location. We finally decided that a two bedroom apartment at Jayakarta was the way to go. Not quite what we'd hoped for but price and location were the deciding factors, however, the travel agent still hadn't got back to us with confirmation 4 days before we were due to leave and on Carolyn's recommendation that finally came to mind we made enquiries about Villa Lalu in Seminyak. Carolyn had mentioned this place to me some time ago but I'd forgotten about it. They were prompt in responding to my email so the decision was made to book a one bedroom villa with them.
We flew Garuda which was fine. Immigration and airport procedure in Bali went without any problems, we were picked up from the airport by a driver arranged by Villa Lalu and registered without any fuss or problem. Villa Lalu is a lovely complex of villas located near the Bintang Supermarket in Seminyak, a perfect location for us.
The next day we had a wander around the gardens and looked at the other villas, all well situated, had a swim and noticed that the three bedroom villa by the pool was vacant. My husband was very impressed with this lovely villa and asked if we could transfer to it. We were offered a discounted rate as we were staying for two weeks and promptly moved in. Fabulous!
So began our extremely lazy two weeks. I was too exhausted to attend to much business and probably most of our shopping was done at the supermarket stocking up on food and wine. The restuarant at the Villas offered a good selection of meals and let us know when they had fresh fish which we enjoyed for dinner several times during our stay. We also made several trips to the Bali deli, via the laneways and gangs which run parallel to Jl. Legian/Seminyak and take you to the Sunset Road & Jalan Kunti, etc. I love those laneways - paved, clean and interesting. Apart from some horrible dogs which were a bit spooky it was lovely to enjoy the walk and see what lies behind the chaos of traffic, roadworks and dust on Jl. Legian.
We ate out at Made's Warung, The Lemon Grass Thai restaurant, The Bali Deli and also enjoyed a lovely dinner at Gado Gado. Lunches out for me were at Ibu Ayu warung, one of my favourite places for a tasty meal and quick catch-up with friends who live in Bali.