French Cinema Bakery

Trip Start Sep 25, 2013
Trip End May 13, 2015

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Flag of Indonesia  , Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta,
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Another good flight behind us and we're in Java!...Jogjakarta to be precise. We check our recommendations for homestays and go to haggle the price of a taxi. It's always the same jip we get from drivers, but one guy took the piss a little more, actually charging us more as we'll need to stop at traffic lights! Well yes, if it's red you should stop but don't charge us for that buddy. We walk up the road and one of their taxis races up behind us, okay okay he says.....we agree 50,000 rupiah for the 6km trip to Sabana homstay...our driver gets lost twice but luckily we spot the house and get him to stop. Lucky to have a room free we check in. It's cheap and nice and oh yes, there's a guitar for me to play! We book 3 nights and head out for some lunch.
After half an hour of failure, Lauren remembers she saw a cafe/cinema/bakery building down the road (how do you forget that!?), so off we go.......and it bloody amazing!!  It's tops any bakery we've been in, and we've been to France! Who knew this little gem existed....and now we can relax, eat and grin. Movies play on the big screen and we eat delicious pastries and drink milkshakes for a good price, we agree to return for dinner aswell.
Our 2nd day is spent sightseeing, we take a 15p bus into town as we're staying on the outskirts, and we debate what you can get for 15p in the UK? A chomp? We head for the Kraton, a walled royal palace which still houses the sultan. Once we pay the entrance fee Terry is asked to cover his big arm muscles with a shirt, we're first given a floral pink number but manage to swap it for a white one much to Terry's distaste (look at the pic!)
We're met with an impressive musical performance inside the Kraton so we sit and listen a while. That was probably the highlight though as it was mainly courtyards and spaces which once held important ceremonies.......hard to picture. We did look around the in-house museums but all the words were in Indonesian so hard to grasp much information. One highlight for L was seeing 4 ladies in traditional dress having their photo taken, we thought they might work at the Kraton but their hair was amazing, like huge latticed bread at the back and very high at the front!
After the Kraton we head back into town looking for lunch and get so hot we duck into a shopping centre for some AC. Turns out they have a hairdressers and the manager has a great fringe so L decides to let her cut her hair! After 9 months without a haircut it feels so good and she does a surprisingly good job all for 4!
That evening surprise surprise we go to the bakery for dinner (I should say they do quiche, pasta and pizza as well, as pastries and cakes so at least one of us eats something suitable for dinner!)
The next morning we are up at 4am for a tour of the famous Borobudur temples, the largest Buddhist structure on earth built in the 8th century they remain a mystery as there is no record of construction. What's also interesting is that whilst the British briefly took charge of Java in 
1811-1816 good old Sir Thomas Raffles (who also discovered Singapore - busy chap) took interest in the mystical nature of Java and unearthed both Borobudur and the nearby Hindu temple complex Prambanan.
We are instantly impressed as we arrive, it really is second only to Angkor Wat in grandeur. We start our 5km walk around the temple admiring the reliefs as we go, each level depicts stories about Buddha and the idea is to keep going to the top when the story reaches enlightenment. For us the top level was a hilarity of school girls taking our picture, filming us and even recording our speech! It was strange for us but the girls were so sweet and I read they're sometimes sent to the temple by their teacher to practise their English. We've actually noticed on many occasions when we ask kids how their English is so good they say from talking to tourists - we have our uses!
After Borobudur we are driven to a smaller temple, Candi Mendut which is thought to have been built as a marker for finding the way to Borobudur. It also was the first temple in Indonesia to be restored and has some great reliefs and an upright sitting Buddha which is quite unusual.
After the temples we snooze and have a relaxing day of bakery, shopping and strumming (over the torrential rain) with some Skype time thrown in for good measure.
The next day we were going to leave but decide to have a lazy day instead. We do go to the train station to book tickets for the next day and we're amazed to see 30 people all trying to book tickets too! We wait an hour and manage to book seats for Bandung in West java 8 hours away by train. That evening we decide to explore past the bakery and spot a massive cinema complex. We walk in and are pleased to see the wolf of wall street airing in 15 mins. Terry's a little bummed he didn't come prepared with snacks but we buy some fast food and including the tickets pay a mere 10. When speaking to the girl at the counter she tells me 'I do not recommend this film but it's good for sex' did you just say???
The cinema is really high quality with massive seats and we really enjoy the film. We leave not realising the film was 3 hours and I've missed my Skype time! We go to the bakery and I get a quick midnight chat home whilst T gets us some train supplies for the next day.


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