days 14 to 16
24.05.2010 - 26.05.2010
It was usually raining in the afternoon, but today it's in the morning. We stay at the hotel for our last day in Lombok, and we watch surfers.
We have better weather in the afternoon, and then we are lucky: we have a very nice sunset, with a view on Mount Agung, in Bali.
We couldn't book a direct flight from Lombok, and we are going to spend one night in Bali. At the airport, there are mutiple TV screens, all showing a different program, with the sound volume set at an unbearable level, so that Josette is forced to use earplugs.
We are brought to a large hotel in Sanur, have dinner there, and go to sleep. There are so many guests that we have to queue for breakfast (not enough tables, ...). I take a walk along the sea. There is a nice clean path, bordered by souvenir shops and restaurants, linking all the hotels.
This is definitely not the place where I would like to spend a beach holiday.
We leave for the airport, and discover that the different places around the beach area are connected with six-lane highways, ginving also access to modern shopping centers. Not my idea of a paradise on earth. At the airport, the loudspeakers do not work any better than in Lombok (horrible Larsen effects).
We leave from Singapore, where we will have to wait very long hours for our flight to Europe. We have more than enough time to discover all the facilities of the airport, including its gardens.
13-hours flight to Paris. Compared to Changi airport in Singapore, CDG looks like a third-world airport: congested, huge queues, ... We take our luggage, find our bus, and leave for Brussels.
We loved Java. There are a lot of interesting places (but you will have to travel long distances), and their people are very nice. The motto (or philosophy) of Indonesia is Unity in diversity, and Java illustrates it very well.
Bali has suffered too much from mass tourism. There are still some places that deserves a visit, but I can't imagine why a European or American would like to spend a beach holiday there: there are better places closer to home. Of course, it's not so far for the Japanese and Australian ...
Lombok is a good place for a beach holiday (or rest, after a tour), but you have to hurry: mass tourism is already appearing there.