Joglo Plawang Boutique Villa
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... There are no rooms to go into, everything is out in the open.
The Hindu temple, Prambanan, was built about 50 years after Borobudur. In some ways, it's the more visually interesting of the two, at least in a macro sense - it doesn't have the detailed friezes on the same scale as Borobrudur, but it does have majestic spires that create a impressive profile as they reach for the sky. It's a temple dedicated to the Hindu trinity - Shiva, ...
... was in a beautiful hotel in the mountains in a town called Baturaden. There was the predictable horrifically-steep climb up to the hotel for the final 10km of the day, which was just about the end of me. Baturaden is clearly a cooler-aired mountain summer retreat, and the hotel had fantastic views down into the valley. It was slightly reminiscent of the Overlook Hotel from The Shining in that it was a very large hotel with lots of rooms, polished marble hallways and a ...
We woke very early so that we could plan our day ahead. We headed then out after breakfast looking for accommodation and tour operators. We asked lots of places, but they were so expensive because of the end of Ramadan celebrations. On the way back to the hotel we stumbled across a tour operator who was very helpful and cheap, it restored our hope! At the start of the day, we planned to do Merapi volcano and Borobudur. We came to a conclusion that Merapi was far too dangerous in our ...
... on our way in and ascended the first steps into the central temple. From the first tier, it was possible to make out the dozens of separate piles of blocks, which had once been the outlying temples and now lay in sorted heaps ready for reassembly. A later walk through these was like entering a furnace where the rocks had been soaking up the sun's rays all day.
We walked back to the bus station, and returned to Yogyakarta to go for a swim before dinner at the ...
... that one didn't we. However it was still an impressive sight that had stood the test of time, large dark temples, each covered in carvings, and many ruins that have battled against the earthquakes over the centuries. The thing I found distracting there were the stares I was receiving. The stares soon turned into pictures with large groups of school girls who giggled non stop. I didn't mind, it was sweet really, but for me it was surreal. Why on earth did ...