Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bali Trip: Garuda Wisnu Kencana

Our last stop of our week in Bali before we left to come back home was to a cultural sculpture park.  The main attraction of the park is a giant, 66 foot tall sculpture of the Hindu God, Wisnu.  It was huge!  And really cool, although it did frighten Clara a little bit!

My favorite part of the park, however, was getting to see some traditional Balinese dancers perform.  It was really beautiful and the costumes were so ornate and incredible.  But again, Clara got scared!  As some of the men came out in their crazy costumes she lost her mind and was crying pretty hard, so we told her to just close her eyes and lay her head on Peter's shoulder.  She did . . . and then she fell asleep!  Which ended up being a good thing; no more being scared, and she got a nap in!

The stone sculptures in the park were absolutely remarkable.  Bali is full of cliffs and natural white rock in the earth, which is why it has such a strong stonework heritage with so many incredible sculptures and stonework artisans.  But back to the cliffs!  The cliffs really make the landscape unlike any other place that I've ever seen.  The magnitude of the rocks jutting up out of the ground was almost mystical to see and completely wondrous.  

We love you, Bali!  Hopefully one day we will be able to go back and visit again!

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