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Sep 23, 2014 - Solo

La ville de Solo se trouve à 2 heures en train de Yogyakarta, elle est considérée comme la pettie soeur de celle-ci mais en moins touristique. Personnellement je les trouve assez différente ... Solo a été préservé des touristes, pour le moment du moins, ce qui fait en sorte que la ville n'a pas été envahit par les Starbucks et cie. À première vue la ville n'a pas de charme apparente ... les charmes, on les retrouve en se promenant dans les rues, surtout le soir quand la chaleur est moins suffocante! Ici ce sont les gens qui nous ont fait le...

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May 21, 2014 - Green Canyon

Today was an amazing day! We started early by walking through the local markets. It really gives you a deep appreciation for our grocery stores as all raw meats and fish are displayed and sold on wood tables covered with bugs. We went on to a village where we walked to the home of a local puppet maker and puppeteer of the famous Javanese Wayan Golek puppets. Along the way, the guide found a little spider that he put on me. Click on the photos to see his size. :) We watched how he made puppets from the local trees and carved them. They can...

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May 20, 2014 - Dr. Doolittle

Today was a long travel day by mini bus! A van is a more accurate description, with 11 people + luggage. Needless to say, we were all very happy when we arrived in Pangandaran. Pangandaran is a small fishing village set amid a beautiful coastal reserve south east of Jakarta. It was the victim of a devastating tsunami in 2006 but has been rebuilt. Our hotel was a backpackers hotel, across the street from the beach. We had little patios outside our rooms which I sat on every morning and night. At 4pm, I joined the optional coastal reserve...

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May 19, 2014 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Today we left Jakarta and embarked on a train journey across the hills bound for Bandung. It was a four hour train ride and beat the 17 hour overnight train in Vietnam! :) The scenery along the tracks was stunning, classic Java landscape of deep gorges and lush rice terraces. Bandung was once known as the 'Paris of Java' and still retains relics of its previous Dutch colonial past. We did a walking city tour in the afternoon followed by a traditional bamboo musical performance. The performers were students ages 3 to 15 and they were...

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Mar 22, 2014 - Denpasar, Bali

For our visit to Bali we had hired a local driver to meet us and do the touring around. A nice English couple we met on board joined us. We had decided to do the east side of Bali and visit several temples in that direction. One thing to note is distances are not long but driving time is. Temperature was around 29C and steamy! Our driver was very nice and his English was pretty good. He did not go into the sites with us but that was OK. We visited some very beautiful, peaceful places – not full of tourists. Our first stop was the bat cave...

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Mar 17, 2014 - Semarang, Jakarta

Borobudur After an overnight cruise we are in Semarang, Java. The main site here is the pyramid of Borobudur. This is one of the “greatest Buddhist relics of South East Asia”. It was built between 750-850AD. With the decline of Buddhism the monastery was abandoned soon after completion and for centuries lay forgotten, buried under layers of volcanic ash. In 1815 Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles governed Java and had the site cleared and the shear magnitude and beauty of the place was revealed. Early in the 20C the Dutch began to tackle the...

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Dec 8, 2012 - Borobudur Temple

Today we went to Java, Indonesia. The hills and mountains were pretty. We stopped at a coffee plantation. They are famous for their coffee. Bella bought a fan and I bought a key chain. We bought daddy some coffee. I miss my daddy. Then we went to the temple of Borobudur. It is a temple where the Buddhist worship. You can stick your hand through a "stupas" and try to touch the Buddha for good luck. The temple is huge like a pyramid. It was hidden in the jungle for years before someone found it. I climbed all the way to the top. Next we went...

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Mar 8, 2012 - Borobudur our 3rd Wonder of the World

We had a great day today at what is the third Wonder of the World we have seen on our travels. It was truly beautiful in glorious greenery with mountains and volcanoes for an awesome panoramic background. Check the pics, look carefully and you'll see the volcano poking through the top of a cloud. Much love C & P xx

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Asian Adventure 2011

Dec 18, 2011 - Indonesia - Borobudur

Borobudur, or Barabudur, is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument near Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues

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Gray Owl Trips

Jun 12, 2010 - Pangandaran

now, that's better...adam's homestay, a lovely place owned by a european couple...ans you notice the difference: everything is that bit more cleaner, a bit more effort in decoration and food that tastes like home...homemade bread, homemade jam and homemade muesli...sometimes all you need to be happy! did a surfing-lesson after relaxing by the pool for a while...i think that would be more my thing, even though i wasn't very good and the board hit my head :-D countryside tour was planned for the next day (12 euro!!!)...went to see a waterfall...

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Apr 21, 2010 - Solo

And onto Solo, Yogjakarta's quieter neighbour only an hour or so away. Its off season so that means that there's plenty of rooms available and I end up at Mama's Homestay, the only guest there. The family's pleasant enough apart from the man who only talks to me when he wants to sell me something - obviously doesn't know how tight I am. It was hard work finding a motorbike to rent which flies in the face of what the LP has to say on the matter, but I got my hands on an old underpowered one in the end, its has wheels and engine so it will...

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Where's Malcolm?

Apr 17, 2010 - Prambanan and Borobodur

I hired a motorbike for the day here with the intention of driving out to the old Hindu ruins of Prambanan some 17k's away. The collection of temples are relics left over from the time when Hinduism was the main religion on Java and most of the temples are located together on one site. Now one of the benefits of your own transport is that it allows me to take a look around the circumference of the site and see if I can spot a hole in the fence, which I did. Yes I know its maybe immoral but one thing the Indonesians always do is try and rip...

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