Journalistic Photography from Indonesia 2011 including Mt. Ijen, Borobudur, Mt. Bromo, Bali, Komodo National Park, and Gili Islands.
In 2011 my girlfriend and I traveled to Indonesia and spent seven weeks island hopping from Java to Flores. Our highest rated locations were Mt. Ijen, Borobudur, Mt. Bromo, Komodo National Park, and Flores Island. The ancient culture and architecture on Java is astounding and rivals Angkor Wat and Notre Dame in age and grandeur. Grand Buddhist and Hindu monuments stand like billboards attesting to a vibrant and extraordinarily advanced empire that reached from New Guinea to Madagascar.
On Java I highly recommend the well-known temples like Borobudur and Prambanan but near Prambanan, on the same site, there is a Buddhist temple called Sewu which was one of both my girlfriend’s and my favorite temples. Ijen is a challenge for people wanting to get off the tourist path. It’s totally possible to get to but you have to do some work to get there. Rising out of the Ijen plateau which abounds with coffee plantations Mt. Ijen is the location of the Indonesian sulfur minors that are featured on various documentaries. If you visit the mines at night, you can see brilliantly blue fire spewing out of the cracks as the sulfur is on fire as it drips out of the mountain.