I was in Bali in July 2010, just when Bali was in the grip of the 'Eat.Pray.Love' fever. Julia Roberts had just finished filming the 'Love' segment of the movie and I suppose romance was in the air since this was the segment where Liz finds love. Walking in the gardens among the ancient temples of this exotic island where paddy fields and bicycle lanes are the norm, not the exception in this rural setting, one can definitely feel the essence of romance here.
These photos help to convey the uniqueness of romantic Balinese gardens. The romance lingers even when you leave Bali...the scent of frangipani flowers, the incense of aromatic prayer sticks, the image of green moss on temple walls, the lilting music of the caklempong and bamboo angklung, the dark-eyed dancers expressing their anquish or joy as the tale unfolds in their cultural dances . So walk with me through these gardens and images of Bali and let's fall in love...
Walk along the riverbank and savour the bright, beautiful day...feel the joy of being
among unique palms and trees.
Lose yourself in the brilliance of the colours.
Hear the trumpet flowers making swishing sounds in the wind, heralding your arrival.
Luxuriate in the cool green shadows of the pines that stretch to the sky.
Embrace that old-world feeling in this rustic setting.
Be welcomed by these petalled water...used in spas to pamper and delight the senses.
Be awed by the skills of the ancient craftsmen whose works of art beautify the gardens.
Be uplifted by the cheery colours of the canna lilies.
Here we say good-bye to this lovely spot on the island of Bali. Truly a garden haven for garden lovers from everywhere in the world.