- SOLO-SURAKARTA

- HOLY PLACES JAVA  (3 new items)

Hundreds of ancient stone religious monuments lie on the island of Java. Known as candi in Indonesian, they date from the early classical period of Javanese civilisation, beginning in the first part of the 8th century CE and ending after 900 CE. The majority were built between 780 CE and 860 CE, even though the civilisation that created them existed for many centuries.

- SOLO, IN & AROUND  (2 new items)

- SEMARANG  (4 new items)

Semarang lies in the northern part of Central Java. It is a bustling mid-sized city with a population of about 1.5 million. More a business than tourism destination, it nevertheless has its own charm with contrasting modern mid-rises, beautiful old Dutch colonial architecture (kota lama) and Chinatown. There are some Dutch colonial buildings around monument Tugu Muda; the most famous one is Lawang Sewu which means A Thousand Doors. It was built as the headquarters of the Dutch railway company (Holland Spoor). During World War II, it was used as the Japanese army's headquarters. Lawang Sewu's main attraction is its tall stained glass window. The building is recently renovated and is open to the public. Tour guides are available at the building's entrance. Though reputated to be haunted due to the great number of executions during WWII, Lawang Sewu remains one of Semarang's most prominent landmarks. Other interesting object are Blenduk church in the old “Dutch” town, China town with its Buddhists temples, Gang Baru market and Gang Lombok where you can find some small warungs with typical Semarang food like lumpia’s.

- SOLO, LEGI  (4 new items)

Pasar Legi is one of the main traditional markets Solo. This market was established during the Government of Mangkunegaran I. Fruits, vegetables and herbs are the main items sold here. When you visit the market take a look at the older women who carry huge loads on their back, sometimes more then 50kg.

- SOLO, MASK EXPOSITION

DISPLAYED MASKS AT THE 2017 SOLO EXPOSITION

- SOLO, FESTIVAL PAYUNG

Yearly held umbrella festival in Solo with dance performances

- PORTRAITS & SNAPSHOTS  (1 new item)

All my portraits are taken on the street or location. None of them where taken in a studio nor with fancy expensive lighting. I tried to capture the "models" in a relaxed way and as honest as possible in their own environment.

- SOLO, IN & AROUND  (1 new item)

- FAUNA (ANIMALS)  (1 new item)

- SOLO, IN & AROUND  (9 new items)

- STILLS & OTHERS  (5 new items)

- FLORA (FLOWERS)  (2 new items)

- KEMUNING  (1 new item)

Kemuning tea plantations is located near Kemuning village, Ngargoyoso District, Karanganyar Regency, about 1-1,5 hours drive from Solo, Central Java. The plantation lies on the slopes of mount Lawu at the height of approximately 1540 meter above sea level with a cool climate at the temperature of around 22 Celsius degrees. It is close to the Sukuh and Cetho temples and a few beautiful waterfalls like Jumog and Parang Ijo. Mountainous views and female tea pickers make a visit more than worth. The tea pickers usually start working early morning at dawn until noon. Nowadays we can find a lot of small "warungs" that disturb the beautiful views but where we can get some nice, simple local foods as well as drinks, including "Kemuning tea". Recommended is the "teh bakar", roasted tea at the warung owned by bapak (mr.) Jumadi. Photographers love to go to Kemuning, not only to shoot landscapes and human interests but also for "pre-weddings" with a professional look. The sunrises can be quit spectacular. Situations can change by the minute if clouds start coming in.

- PEOPLE  (1 new item)

Balinese are warm and friendly people who will do a lot to make you feel comfortable at "their" island of "Demons and Gods".

- HOLY PLACES JAVA  (1 new item)

Hundreds of ancient stone religious monuments lie on the island of Java. Known as candi in Indonesian, they date from the early classical period of Javanese civilisation, beginning in the first part of the 8th century CE and ending after 900 CE. The majority were built between 780 CE and 860 CE, even though the civilisation that created them existed for many centuries.

- PEOPLE  (1 new item)

Balinese are warm and friendly people who will do a lot to make you feel comfortable at "their" island of "Demons and Gods".

- HUMAN INTERESTS  (1 new item)

Human Interest is a story, a report or a photo (single or serial) that describes the emotions, lifestyle, work, activity, experiences of people and their interaction with others. I always try to "catch" my objects as honest as possible without any setting or support of extra lights.

- HOLY PLACES JAVA  (1 new item)

Hundreds of ancient stone religious monuments lie on the island of Java. Known as candi in Indonesian, they date from the early classical period of Javanese civilisation, beginning in the first part of the 8th century CE and ending after 900 CE. The majority were built between 780 CE and 860 CE, even though the civilisation that created them existed for many centuries.

- FLORA (FLOWERS)  (1 new item)

- PLACES  (1 new item)

"Bali is full", that's what some people say and in a way they are right but only if you stay in Kuta or Denpasar. Getting out of these crowded area's you'll find the Bali as it was and still is. Many places still are very interesting to visit despite the amount of visitors. I could make a long list list of those places but you'll find them in every brochure and travel guide. More interesting is to explore the island by yourself. With your own transportation or with a private driver. Take a walk in small village's, visit local markets, try the local food and drinks. Enjoy the views of the ricefields, listen to the sound of the oceans, explore the wildlife and... ok... visit some famous touristic places as well :-)

- PEOPLE  (1 new item)

Balinese are warm and friendly people who will do a lot to make you feel comfortable at "their" island of "Demons and Gods".

- CHILDREN  (1 new item)

Never abuse children, NEVER! Secure their future with lot's of love, healthy food and good education!

- FERRIES JAVA-BALI  (11 new items)

Bali Strait separates Java and Bali while connecting the Indian Ocean and the Bali Sea. At its narrowest it is 2.4 kilometres (1.5 mi) wide. Crossing the Bali Strait can be done by ferry. Every 15 minutes a ferry leaves to the other side of the Bali Strait. It takes about 30 minutes to cross the strait but normally including getting on/off the ferry it will take you about 1,5 to 2 hours. On Bali the departure/arrival place is Gilimanuk, on Java it is Ketapang. The costs are about Rp. 6.500,- per person without a vehicle. For a sedan/mpv car including the passengers it is Rp. 148.000,-.