The 'other' reason for hitting Yogja is Pranbanan. Although by the looks of it there were plenty of other places to go too, for example a couple of volcanoes to climb and what looked like reasonably safe bike tours (Indonesian traffic is proper nuts!). All-in-all it was a shame we didn't have a bit longer there. Ho-hum!
Any-hoo Pranbanan will be the subject of the next update.
This one is a couple of paddy-field shots taken on the drive out there. The company we used emphasised that this was not the quickest way to the temple but used smaller back roads. Very nice it was too. Additionally, for every tour booked through them they plant a tree. Finally, the passion fruit and lemon cheese cake I had on our return to their restaurant was epically good! If your ever there I commend Via Via to you.
For Christmas I bought a pretty huge 500mm lens for my camera. I haven't had much chance to use it as yet but I decided that I would force myself to during the trip to Borabudur. The first few attempts were not good as the zoom was too powerful. However, it did make me think about some of the detail I could see.
I have to say that I am quite proud of these.
This was excellent! Really, really lovely and not completely over run with 'other people' despite what the guidebook threatened!
Each of these stupas house a statue of the Buddha that you can't see one of which is considered a lucky Buddh! Slightly bizarre but very cool (both literally and metaphorically!)
The old centre of Jakarta is Taman Fatahilah, an old cobbled square and has some impressive colonial buildings. However, my eye was caught by the rental bikes and the fact that each had a helmet to go with it in the same colour as the bike.
Another term over, so we've been off on our travels again. This time to Indonesia, not to Bali but to Java. Our first port of call was the huge, definitely gridlocked capital of Jakarta . And to start we strolled around the area in the baking sun.
It may not be the most obvious place to go when on holiday but it came highly recommended and the port area, Sunda Kelpa, was really interesting (or perhaps that's just me!).
Rather than the huge container ships that one would expect to see they use Makassar schooners to transport goods from Jakarta to Sulawesi, Sumatra and Kallimantan. These small boats are a really impressive sight and the activity in the port hasn't really changed for centuries.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.