No one wanted to leave Bali this time, and it wasn't just the "I don't want the holiday to end" type feeling, it was gut wrenching, like we were leaving a place we belonged in again.
But life moves and changes and is never the same from day to day.
We had rekindled some old favourite haunts, fallen out of love with some previous favourites and discovered new favourites.
On the last evening, we decided to take the kids up Jalan 66 for a bit of nostalgia.
Years ago this was the seediest nightclub in Bali (& one I personally worked as a dancer at, hosting full moon rave parties and all night disco events), even back then it was a dive (one we totally loved - but a dive none the less).
|Zula Vegetarian Restaurant|
Arriving at the beach where 66 used to stand, we were surprised to find it had been revamped and made into a VERY exclusive and horridly expensive restaurant, disappointed we walked along the beach wondering what had become of our old haunts. In the distance cool laid back reggae music soothed our ears - all hope it not yet lost!
We walked on to a little shack on the beach decorated by rows of paper parasols lining the beach down to the water with lights underneath them.
On the beach around them were long beanbags where you could lay back, watch the waves, sip on a sangria and share plates of tapas.
Ah, yes, that was more our style, the kids delighted in the little shack that looked like a beach treehouse, built so carefully it felt like it would blow away in the wind.
Further on, there were the delightful little warungs selling Nasi goreng (friend rice) and "japples" the Balinese often replace 'F' with 'P' and vice versa which has created much fun for us in the past (especially when they invited us to 'parties' and told us to 'park your care there'.
|Bali Beach Sunset at Night|
Alas - the kids were hungry, although they loved to run along a moonlit beach.
So we headed back to Zulu's.
Yuuuummmmm............... our new favourite restaurant as it turned out!
Here's the blurb from their website (copied with permission from the manager):
Zula is a Middle Eastern term for hospitable home. It's a place where one welcomes their friends. It's merely an invitation to enter ones home, to relax and rejuvenate with with proper food and drinks. Zula is a home away from home.
We do our best in using as much organic as possible. Most of the dry goods are imported and certified organic. Since there is no national accepted and legal definition of "organic" in Indonesia we can only offer what is offered to us and trust. Mineral water is used in cooking and filtered water for washing and sourcing of the vegetables. We do our best to treat food right...with love and care. The quality of care, attention, and respect food is given during it's preparation is as important as the quality of the ingredients.
|Cool beach hangouts|
We had the best meal here with gorgeous plates of food to share and divine drinks. The staff were lovely and we recommend it to you.
There was the last minute shopping in the supermarket here - bypassing the Kopi Luwak (coffee made essentially from the poo of the Lewak monkey - google it - it's quite the delicacy apparently - pass!)
Then the long ride back to the Holiday Inn, where we took a last midnight stroll on the beach, said our sad farewells and thank yous to Bali and retired for the last night here on this journey..................... Thanks Bali!