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Photo gallery of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Yogyakarta: This may be Indonesia but it sure isn’t Bali

Yogyakarta: This may be Indonesia but it sure isn’t Bali

Yogyakarta, also called Jogjakarta, Yogya and Jogja, is located in the middle of the island of Java and is known for its classical art and culture. Yogya lies in an area susceptible to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; 6,000 people were killed by an earthquake as recently as 2006 and 350 died when a nearby volcano erupted in 2010. Yogyakarta is the second most visited tourist destination in Indonesia after Bali. Most travellers use it as a … Read entire article »

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Prambanan Temple, a huge Hindu complex in Java

Prambanan Temple, a huge Hindu complex in Java

Java is the most populous island in Indonesia and the majority of people there now practice Islam. At one time, however, Buddhism and Hinduism were widespread and there are two temples on the island that are monuments to those religions. The Borobudur Temple and the Prambanan Temple are both UNESCO World Heritage sites, located near the town of Yogyakarta, and certainly worthy of a visit. The Prambanan Temple, built in the 9thcentury, consists of 224 temples … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Borobudur Temple, Java

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Borobudur Temple, Java, one of the world’s great Buddhist monuments

Borobudur Temple, Java, one of the world’s great Buddhist monuments

One of the reasons foreign tourists go to Yogyakarta in central Java, Indonesia is to visit the Borobudur Temple, which is 42 km outside the city. Borobudur Temple, one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, is a terraced shrine that is an unroofed pyramid with three circular platforms topped by a large, bell-shaped stupa (Buddhist spiritual monument). This temple has a long history, having been built in the 8th and 9th centuries, 300 years before … Read entire article »

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Photo Gallery of Cinque Terre, Italy

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A workout with a view: Hiking in the Italian Cinque Terre

A workout with a view: Hiking in the Italian Cinque Terre

For my 65th birthday, I treated myself to a two-week gardening tour in Italy.  Before joining the tour group in Lucca, I travelled north from the Pisa airport to Cinque Terre (‘Five Lands’) where I spent three nights in one of the villages. Although I had travelled extensively throughout Italy in my youth, I managed to miss Cinque Terre.  It was not until my older son and a nephew explored the region 24 years later that I … Read entire article »

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On to the Grand Canyon

On to the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon, which lies in the state of Arizona in the USA, is considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Cheryl and Tom Sunter, Canadian ‘snowbirds’, visit it almost yearly on their trips south. For us, the Grand Canyon certainly lives up to expectations. It gets nearly 5 million visitors a year so it is obviously popular. The canyon is about 1.6 km (1 mile) deep and some of the rocks are … Read entire article »

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Photo gallery of Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, China

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The Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, China

The Master of Nets Garden, Suzhou, China

Who wouldn’t love a garden that has a pavilion named “Moon Comes with Breeze”? Or the “Watching Pines and Appreciating Paintings Studio” where you go to watch evergreen trees during the wintry season. The garden’s oldest and tallest tree is here, a Sabina chinensis that is said to be a survivor from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279); the top of the tree is withered but foliage is growing from branches in the middle of its … Read entire article »

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Having a mud bath in a volcano in Colombia

Having a mud bath in a volcano in Colombia

Stephanie Jack and her friends Bridget and Sharon visited Colombia in January and had lots of interesting adventures including this day at the Mud Volcano Totumo. Before I went on a vacation to Colombia my friend who had recently travelled there suggested that I visit Volcano Totumo. This mud volcano, which is only a 40-minute drive from Cartagena, is supposed to have special healing properties. When my friends and I arrived at the volcano our first thoughts … Read entire article »

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Do I have to eat vegetables for breakfast?

Do I have to eat vegetables for breakfast?

Editorial: One of the delights of foreign travel is sampling the cuisine of the country that you’re visiting. The best way to do that, so I’m told, is to try everything. Take your cue from the locals and simply point to what the guy next to you is eating, implying “same for me”. I’m way too picky an eater to do that, however. They eat deep-fried spiders in Cambodia. Snake is quite commonplace in the Mekong Delta. … Read entire article »

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