2015 2nd Segment

Semarang, Java

Landing at Semarang, Java, Indonesia on March 1, 2015 we traveled out of the town through the many rice fields to Borobudur, a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, 70 miles from Semarang. The massive temple consists of a main dome on the upper level surrounded by 72 stupas. Each level is about 10 foot high and there are 9 levels. Each level had intricately sculptured reliefs and many sitting Buddhas. After leaving Borobudur we passed Pawon Temple also built in the 9th century. We then stopped at a puppet show which used shadow puppets and traditional music and song. The final...

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Bali, Indonesia (Day 2)

Our second day in Bali, February 27, 2015, we spent the day traveling in a VW safari vehicle for 2 with a guide and a driver. We drove thru Denpasar passing community temples and many motorbikes, the main transportation of the area.  Our first stop was the town of Klungkung, where gongs and Anklungs, instruments used in traditional Indonesian music, were hand forged and assembled. We then traveled to the foothills of the Bangli region where the 11th century Kehen Temple is located. Guarded by Elephants you climb stairs to and through the split gates to the first tier of the temple. After...

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Bali, Indonesia

On February 26, 2015 we sailed into the beautiful island of Bali in Indonesia and docked in Benoa. As we approached Benoa the sun was trying to break through the morning haze and we could just see the mountains on the island. We took a tour that first went to the Royal Temple. On our way there we traveled through the streets of Benoa and Denpasar seeing statues, family temples, craft shops and artists. Once at the temple we walked the grounds and viewed the amazing structures. Traveling on we went to the Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest to see the large number of Macaque monkeys that lived there....

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Fremantle, Australia

On February 22, 2015, we took the shuttle to the town hall in Fremantle, where we went to the Fremantle Market. The market was divided into 2 sections, one a dry goods market and the other was a food market. We then hopped on the tourist trolley to see the rest of the town. The first stop was at the railway station where we got off the train from Perth yesterday. Here we had a view of the Maritime Museum. We then saw several victorian stone buildings, many of which, including the prison, were built by the original convicts as this town was primarily started as a penal colony. We wound up at...

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Perth, Australia

We continued sailing north along the West coast of Australia and docked in Fremantle on February 21, 2015. The port of Fremantle is the gateway to Perth which is 14 miles up the Swan River. We bought a combo ticket which included the Captain Cook Cruise up the river to Perth, the Hop on Hop off bus in Perth and the Fremantle Trolley which we used the following day. The Swan River was wide and meandering with many houses and resorts along its shores. As we got closer to Perth the skyline and the famous Swan Bells came into view. After arriving in Perth we had a sandwich of spinach, cheese,...

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Albany, Australia

The 19th of February 2015, found us in Albany, Australia, the oldest settled city in western Australia. The city has one main street, York Street, which gently ascends from Princess Royal Harbor. Along the street are many 19th century buildings, such as the town hall, Scots Unitarian Church and the Backpackers Hotel. Other interesting buildings included The  Old Gaol (Jail) and the old post office. The sail out of the port through Princess Royal Harbor sports very picturesque views. The thumbnail pictures below represent this stop on our trip. Click on any of them to see actual picture....

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