We like to think we are living it up.
And by that I mean we live interesting lives in which we get to travel and take off anytime we like (again, we’d like to think).
This weekend’s jaunt took us to Yogyakarta, a city we are very much fond of, which we get to visit quite often.
Taking the 5:25 AM Garuda was not agreeable. AT ALL. I got about 1.5 hours of sleep the night before. But in the end, the pain and torture paid off.
From Jakarta to Yogyakarta, it was a short one-hour flight. The first thing we did was check in to the hotel.
HOTEL TENTREM YOGYAKARTA
Read our review of Hotel Tentrem Yogyakarta.
In case you’re also interested in the Grand Aston:
GRAND ASTON JOGJAKARTA
Jalan Urip Sumoharjo
Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55222
After stretching our legs for a little bit, we were ready for some traditional Javanese breakfast at Pecel Solo, recommended by a local friend.
Immediately after a full meal, my zombie mental state returned. Thankfully, I napped in the back seat the whole way to Kaliurang (a small town about 30 kilometres North of Yogyakarta on the southern slopes of Mount Merapi volcano).
ULLEN SENTALU (MUSEUM SENI DAN BUDAYA JAWA)
We arrived at Museum Ullen Sentalu (Seni dan Budaya Jawa) (Javanese Art and Culture Museum) – A MUST-VISIT! Beautifully and thoughtfully designed, this was probably the best and most organized museum I have ever been to in the whole of Indonesia.
Read about our wonderful tour of the museum.
On our way to Museum Gunung Merapi (Volcano Museum), I managed to sneak in yet another nap. When we were there, the museum wasn’t quite completed yet, so we only got to see parts of it. Sadly, even though it’s not even yet a fully constructed structure, much of it was already in ruins. Most of the information was educational, however the display and overall layout and feel of the museum were mediocre, especially since we just came out of the beautiful Ullen Sentalu. This is no surprise though since the Volcano Museum was government-run while the Ullen Sentalu privately owned.
MUSEUM GUNUNG MERAPI
Jl. Boyong, Hargobinangun
NIRMOLO KALIURANG (TAMAN NASIONAL GUNUNG MERAPI)
Our last stop in Kaliurang was to the National Park of Gunung Merapi (Merapi Volcano). Tickets cost Rp. 8,000 for locals and a staggering Rp. 237,000 for international tourists (what an outrage!). We did just a tiny bit of hiking to the top of a wooden structure that overlooked a green, mountainous area. Took some photos like any normal tourist and headed back for Yogyakarta.
Can’t wait for tomorrow!