Our next mission is to visit a wood carving village and we end up at Gallery Marka in Kemenuh village/Gianyar. Such an amazing collection of word carvings can be found in this gallery. I ask to be shown any Weeping Buddha pieces, which I have to demonstrate a visual of as the shop assistant knows them to be called Yoga Buddha. I immediately find exactly what I am after and purchase three Buddha statues (my favourite being a double, with one standing on top of the other) and two pair of wooden hair clips, which I think could double as bookmarks. All items are priced in US dollars and once she calculates the total, she deducts 60% and we end up paying $84 AUD. Sorry, no pictures as I forgot to take before she wrapped the pieces up like fort Knox. Happy with my find and the fact that our suitcase wouldn’t fit the $75,000 USD work of art that took three years to create, we are escorted back to our car by the shop assistant who carries our bags. We give her an Aussie dollar coin and she happily tells us she will have it made into a necklace pendant. When we reach the car, Alex points out the Mangostein tree in the garden telling us this is his favourite fruit. The shop assistant leads us down to the trees and shakes a few loose for us to take.
A busy day so far, but it’s not over yet. It is around 1pm, but we are not very hungry so decide to keep moving. Alex takes us to the Holy Water Spring Temple Pura Tirtha Empul. We spy our future home, a past president’s living quarters and watch people bathe in the crystal clear holy spring. A couple of westerners are praying/meditating close by and the serenity catches my breath. We wander around taking a few photos before hubby realises he must wear another sarong and firmly stands his ground about not going in to the temple area. We return to the car and drive to Mt Batur.