Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sunset at Ulu Watu in South Bali

Made, the taxi driver, is racing the sun as it drops toward the horizon. Our destination is Ulu Watu Temple -- which sits on a cliff overlooking the sea. We have left in plenty of time, but a traffic jam had put us behind schedule. We arrived with a few minutes to spare.

The temple, built in the 11th century, literally sits on the edge of the rocky cliff -- below the surf pounds against the rocks.

One thing one must be mindful of while visiting this temple are the monkeys. They can be quite aggressive. They will grab anything -- so visitors are reminded not to wear glasses, carry bags, to keep a tight grip on cameras and other items.

At one point, a large male monkey grabbed a man's prescription glasses -- and started to place them on his own face and then dashed into the bushes. After a lot of coaxing, the man got his glasses back -- but he had to climb near the edge of the cliff to do so.