Phayo, Franche-Compte, Elounda, Jum

Yes, green air….

A tour up into the mountains promised cooler temperatures, and Scenery. My focus, once again, was  on plants- at the (surprisingly undersold) Kebun Raya Eka Karya, also known as Bali Botanical Garden. Following the directions on travelfish.com, we drove right past the seriously-hard-to-know-what-to-look-out-for big corn sitting on top of the big cabbage in the middle of Candikuning. Anyway, once you’ve found the turn off, paid your 18’000 IDR foreigner entrance fee, plus a modest 3000 IDR for scooter parking, prepare to be transported

Bali Botanical Garden

into an otherworldly setting of muted greens

Bali Botanical

whispery trees

Bali Botanical Forest

and pleasingly eerie scenery

Bali Botanical

It took the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, also located within the gardens, to reground me. Yes, strangely, watching people do scary things in the treetops firmly replanted me in the here and now…..

The drive on to Munduk was all perilously winding roads and wowing scenery. Later, a 1000$ view from a 10$ guesthouse…

Room with a View

and a priceless breakfast of purple rice, fresh coconut and palmsugar sirup, (and check out the mugs!)

Breakfast

Sustained by Bedugul’s strawberry everything, we surrendered to the the rains that swept us back to Ubud, and our gemutliches Hauschen

Strawberry FarmHauschen

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