Tag Archives: Java

Botanical Gardens – 3 From My Travels

I rather enjoy visiting a botanical garden on my travels. Although far from a flora expert, a stroll through the landscaped displays of trees and flowers makes for a very pleasant few hours. Here are my three favourites visited thus far. Bogor, Indonesia (1997) On the island of Java, a 60km train ride from Jakarta, […]

Elephant, Elephant Village, Luang Prabang, Laos

My Favourite Travel Photos – 6 to 10

Continuing my favourite travel photos with my second favourite batch of five. The Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos In all my travels I have never seen a sunset as lovely as the one in Luang Prabang. On both my 2010 & 2015 visits I lingered for over and hour at a time to capture the […]

Jakarta Port, Indonesia

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – J for Jakarta

Jakarta Jakarta is the current capital of Indonesia, the largest Islamic state in the world. I say current because the capital will actually be moving to East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo. Why? Because Jakarta is sinking at the rate of around 25 centimetres every year. Situated on the Java Sea and with thirteen […]

Wordless Wednesday – She Sells Seashells On The Seashore – Pangandaran, Indonesia

A-Z April Challenge – Prambanan, Indonesia

For an Islamic country as Indonesia is, it has some fine religious buildings representing other faiths. I have already blogged in the A-Z Challenge about the amazing Javanese Buddhist temple of Borobudur and now it is the turn of the nearby Hindu shrine of Prambanan. I visited Java & Bali in 1997 (we were actually […]

A-Z April Challenge – Borobudur

This year for the challenge I will be blogging about some premier sites & sights that I have experienced on my travels overseas. Indonesia has the largest Muslim population of any country, with all the islands of the archipelago being majority Islamic apart from Hindu Bali. On the largest island of Java you find perhaps […]

Sunday Photo 30

This photo was taken at the Buddhist holy site of Borobudur on the Indonesian island of Java in 1997. We were the only anglo-saxon faces there and got repeatedly asked for photos and autographs from all the school kids that visited!

A-Z April Challenge – Yogyakarta 

Our journey from Jakarta to Bali took us to the city of Yogyakarta. Getting there was extremely uncomfortable and nearly ended in disaster for me! We took the boat from Kalipucang near Pangandaran, a journey of three hours along the Citanduy River to Cilacap and then a further three hour bus ride into Yogyakarta. It […]

A-Z April Challenge – Pangandaran

In October 1997 Hamish and I visited Indonesia, Java and Bali to be precise. Having started in Jakarta we made our way to the Indian Ocean via train, bus and private hire. The leg from Lembang to Pangandaran was pretty uncomfortable at over nine hours, the basic Javan roads going up and down hills and […]

A Flying Visit In Indonesia

In 1997, Hamish and I toured around Java & Bali by train, boat, bus and taxi for three weeks. as part of the tour we took a train from Jakarta to Bogor……. Bogor is famous for one thing, the well presented botanical gardens, which stocked every type of Southern Hemisphere tree known to man. I am […]