travel souvenirs — part 10


Balinese batik mask (c) 2020 by David Ourisman, all rights reserved

I remember exactly when I bought this mask. It was our first day in Bali. Claire and I had just left the airport, enroute to our first resort, Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. Our driver asked if we would like to stop at a very good gallery of Balinese batik that was right on our route. As it was still morning, too early to check in to our hotel, we said, "Yes." I'm glad we did.

Batik Popiler is the art gallery we visited in Denpasar. The driver's recommendation was well founded. The items on display were interesting and well crafted, and the prices were reasonable. Though we do not normally indulge in much retail therapy, it's hard to resist in Bali. So with some shame, I can report that we bought our first (of many) souvenirs from Bali before we even got to our hotel. This beautiful batik mask cost 658.000 IDR (about $45), and it's been on display in our bedroom ever since.

Bali is filled with beautiful crafts and beautiful resorts, some by the sea and some in the cultural center of Ubud. If you're traveling all the way to Indonesia, don't miss Java, an island relatively undiscovered by western tourists. Our stay at Amanjiwo was truly a highlight of our vacation.

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