Bali: The morning sun turned pools of water in the rice paddies into mirrors. A farmer swung a load of coconuts onto his shoulder. Somewhere, a cow was lowing.
The scene should have been perfect, but something was off.
After four years, I was back in Bali to relive a memory of a walk through the rice fields near the town of Ubud. My disappointment may have started with the bizarre signposts, on a dirt path in the rice paddies, advertising Italian restaurants and French rotisserie chicken. Or maybe it was the villas sprouting up in the green fields, boasting of infinity pools and yoga workout rooms.
Text: Angela Doland, For The Associated Press
Image: This Aug. 25, 2012 photo shows tourists relaxing on Kuta beach, Bali, Indonesia. It can be hard to find Bali's serenity and beauty amid the villas with infinity pools and ads for Italian restaurants. But the rapidly developing island's simple pleasures still exist, in deserted beaches, simple meals of fried rice and coconut juice, and scenes of rural life.