After our lovely trip to Jogja, Borobudur and Prambanan, the ladies and I sadly bid farewell to Fran (who was off to Jakarta for, as she put it, "a challenging regime of spa treatments, open bar events and low-impact shopping") and hopped a flight to beautiful Bali.
Our first stop in Bali was Seminyak, where we engaged in our own challenging agenda of a) sitting on the beach, b) playing in the water and c) ordering a steady stream of Bintang besar.
As you can probably see from the photos, we had a really tough time of it, as the weather was terrible.
We took a break from sitting right on the sand and headed to the second story of the beach front restaurant, La Plancha, where we dined on tasty garlic squid and shrimp and drank more Bintang besar, ice dingin.
I love their colorful umbrellas!
Beanbags on the beach.
After lunch, we headed right back to our spot under the beach umbrella. Torture, I'm telling you.
The people-watching on Seminyak is pretty amazing... pushy salespeople with a strange assortment of goods (pirate ship kites, random paintings, carved coconuts, unsanitary pedicures), weird long haired guys with horses (below), Speedo-wearing old men with double walking sticks (also below), amongst many others.