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Kuta Beach, finally! First and short stage of my Balinese journey. I intend to take the road tomorrow to "go up" to the north, to Lovina, where it is in principle "quieter".
Let's hope that the tourist pressure will be less in Lovina than in Kuta... I already managed to get stuck in traffic on my scooter tonight, just before the famous sunset on the beach, which makes the crowd flow, Balinese like tourist, on Jalan Pantai, the street of the beach.
That said, it's fun, this mix of genres, in Kuta. Between the Balinese in traditional costume coming back from a procession, the young surfers in the parade who bulge their chest, the groups of Australian women on a goguette, the couples of backpackers lost, the street vendors who harangue the passer-by...
Many people do not like Kuta-Legian-Seminyak. And yet, the atmosphere, although very seaside, is not unpleasant at all. Almost a little bit of BAB (Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne)... It is my Basque fiber that vibrates.
In addition, in a few minutes of scooter, we have quickly done to get away from the crowd. The magnificent beach of Kuta, with its rollers worthy of Biarritz, stretches endlessly to the north.
And there, a few kilometers further, just after the very touristy area of Kuta-Legian-Seminyak, it is quieter. Really more quiet. And very nice. We cross families of Balinese, fishermen, some walkers.
I left with my nose to the wind, saying to myself: let's go along the sea... And I got a little lost between Seminyak and Canggu, on the side of Petitengen, Berawa, Loloan Beach... Which allowed me to discover little frequented beach stretches, with big rollers crashing on the gray sand in a mist of spray, and nice landscapes of rice fields, of a beautiful soothing soft green.
In short, a very pleasant Balinese mini-trip, today, by way of appetizer!