|Many people in Bali live in compounds that are surrounded by high walls and are entered through exquisitely carved wooden gates like this.|
|Temples have gates too. Here's one that opens onto the walking path along the sea in Sanur.|
|And here I am by another temple gate enjoying the sunshine on my face. Do you notice the offerings?|
|Most compounds also have a family temple.|
|Inside the compound are individual pavilions...one might be a bedroom, another one the living room and that one's a kitchen, etc.|
|A Javanese statue welcoming you.|
One morning I went to the beach early enough to catch the sunrise. It was spectacular. What a great way to start the day. Balinese people start their day with preparing small offerings of food and flowers and placing them everywhere....in their homes, on their desks at work, in front of their stores, and of course in their temples.
|Sunrise on Sanur Beach|
|There's a little more pink.|
|Here's a small temple with one of those fabulous doors.|
|Sanur Beach is known for its lovely sunrises.|
Bali is mostly Hindu and the island has a very different feel than Java, which is mostly Muslim. However, many aspects of the culture are very similar....I am reminded of how diverse a country Indonesia is.....I have only seen such a small part of it. Of course, no one would ever confuse LA with New York City either.