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2015 - SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA - BOROBUDUR, Indonesia

A World Heritage Site that I had never heard of .. INDONESIA .. Full of surprises

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More dancing ladies, this time welcoming MS Minerva to the closest port to BOROBUDUR ..

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& off we go .. with a pit stop on the way.

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The first day I got on the Minerva, practically the first person I see is a woman who was on the cruise I took before this one .. it was in Greece & Turkey. I could not believe it .. on that cruise she was the most obnoxious person I have ever met on a cruise .. amazed is an understatement.

I managed to steer clear of her on this cruise, until today .. getting off the bus in BOROBUDUR. she almost knocked over an elderly man in her rush to get ahead. Still obnoxious .. nothing changed there then.

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Some people compare BOROBUDUR to Angkor Wat & they are both a bit on the spectacular side,

This is the view in the opposite direction.

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Much of this place is restored .

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The steps were very steep .. One guide had taken the majority of the group & four of us slowpokes were left with the other & two of those disappeared so two of us had a private tour .. very nice. And I did not have too much climbing to do either.

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Posers every way you look ..

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A short walk brought me out of the complex & to this place looking like it is set for a wedding .. but no . . it is for our meal.

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We are going to be entertained while we eat ... .

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This is one of the ladies I ate with on the boat .. usually only 4 or five of us.

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This is two of the others .. a pleasant couple. There were a few nice people on this cruise but there were far too many snooty, stuck up people for my liking ..

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Some county scenery on the way home to the ship

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I enjoyed this itinerary but not the majority of passengers .. the Philippino crew were great as usual but the officers left a lot to be desired .. food was about the worst I have had afloat . . .I am not surprised that they are no longer in business.

We were supposed to get one more stop . . at an exclusive island but it was cancelled due to the weather & we carried on to Singapore. On arrival there, I had a very early flight to Vietnam & the start of three river cruises

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I wonder who I know in Smith Falls Ontario?

Posted by hasbeen 17:54 Archived in Indonesia Comments (0)

2015 - SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA - PARE PARE, Indonesia

I think the place I will visit is a Toraja Village . . you will have to look it up

This was an incredibly long trip for me .. I do not usually do all day trips but this one looked interesting even if it was about 14 hours long

Here is the route .. . About 300 km round trip


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We spent no time at all getting out of Pare Pare ( that is not a spelling mistake .. Pare Pare it is )

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and into the countryside .. love to see Lily ponds

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Lots of interesting buildings & the scenery is beautiful ..

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We made a pee stop here and were treated to tea .. drinking it out on the terrace, the guide pointed out the hills opposite .. named 'female', No idea why.

Only a short break & back on the bus .. passing locals ..

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This odd shaped structure below is a Tongkonan .. a traditional ancestral house of the Toraja people. Built on stilts & they have no nails.

Wikipedia tells you more

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Here we are taking a walk to see traditional graves of nobles ..

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Very elaborate .. very expensive ..

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You can see they are cut into the hill-side ..

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Kids everywhere we go like to see photos the tourists take of them

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Now we approach the village .. & more Tongkonans .. traditional ancestral houses of the Toraja people. Very nice but I do not recall having a look inside one.

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Regular people live here ..

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That was a very pleasant spot to wander around for an hour & it must be time to eat ..

These girls, wearing traditional dress show us the way to our seats out by the pool..

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The Bamboo band give us a tune ..

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Notice how glum all the kids were .. not a smile among them

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Bit of a storm coming & time to leave ..

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Just in time to miss the downpour but some hardy souls got out to have a look at this .. The Baby Grave!

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I stayed on the bus.

We headed back to the ship through the storm & night fell .. not fun to drive at night & it went on for hours .. far too long.

If any of this is of especial interest you should have a look at the Wikipedia for Toraja

Posted by hasbeen 15:20 Archived in Indonesia Comments (1)

2015 - SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA - KOMODO ISLAND, Indonesia

Where there be DRAGONS .. & dolphins


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A picture perfect day as we sail towards Komodo & It must be obvious what the visit today will be ..

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... but first we have to get there & here is the pilot to guide is to our anchorage.

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We take the tender ashore & there, on the beach .. Is that a DRAGON?

We get a safety briefing from the ranger .. he does not mention anything to the person wearing red & did not enquire if any ladies were having their periodicals .. both said to enrage a DRAGON

He does have a big stick .. but is that enough to ward of a blood crazed DRAGON?

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There's one! No .. just a deer .. lunch for a DRAGON .. or a snack perhaps.

OMG! ... This is definitely a DRAGON

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Not looking so bloodthirsty ..

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.. but Oh Momma .. look at the size of those CLAWS .. I say.. young man .. Look at those claws.

Ok then .. ignore me .. but YOU have the big stick.

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A bit of excitement .. there is a baby DRAGON moving through the trees .. Are you sure? I see no Dragon . . do you see a dragon? .. I don't see no Drag.. .... .

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Well that's that for the fierce dragon .. no need for caps .. no need to flee in terror .. but I think I did catch a gleam in his eye when he saw all this fresh white meat disturbing his apres-meal siesta.

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A stop to pick up a souvenir Dragon .. Nah!

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Beach time

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Tender is not too crowded on the short ride back home.

Kate below .. she & I take a glass of something before dinner.

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A look back at the island - is that a DRAGON on the beach .. no, it's a deer.

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Sun going down on our sailaway ..

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And what's this .. A DOLPHIN .. saying goodbye.

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I have no idea who this lady is .. I asked if she was related to a friend of mine .. they could be sisters .. but no relation.

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Say goodbye to the pilot & the DRAGONS of KOMODO

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2015 - SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA - SAMBAWA, Indonesia

A visit to a building made of Teak .. a blacksmith forge .. & to see bulls being raced across a pond ..

This port of call was made in February 2015 & I am writing the Blog in February 2017. I had no recollection of the tour I took at all until I chose the photos for this entry .. I think I had a good time, but I am not so sure about the bulls.

From the deck of the ship .. it seems a very pleasant looking spot ..

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Some passengers there, getting a head start in a tender .. looks like a smooth crossing

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A prosperous looking place compared to some we have seen on this cruise

The guide for bus #3 .. shepherding his flock across the street .. I think I was on bus #1

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We arrive at the Teak building .. .. very impressive ..

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Now on our way to the Smithy .. . nice looking houses along the way

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Curious youngster checks our arrival ..

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I sat a little away from the forge among a crowd of locals who thought we were hillarious

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People named Smith got there name from this occupation .. . very hard work by the looks of it.

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That was a very pleasant interlude .. now we pass more houses on our way to the pond ..

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Here is a Bull awaiting our arrival to see them race.

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Lots of kids out today .. looking very smart .. their moms were handing out tasty treats & cold drinks to us..

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Now . . are these Bulls Water Buffalo?

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TOOT TOOT On the horn .. And .. they're off. Not the Grand National but exciting ..

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This little one must have seen it all before ...

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I stepped out on to the roadway to see what else there was to see around .. Nice rice paddy & a few folk passing by.

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One young girl got chatting with me to try out her English & took this photo of me .. looking not so dapper

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Not this one . . another girl

And my guide .. I had noticed very young children driving motor bikes & I asked how old she was when she first did it .. 13 years old sir .. Oh! Last year then?

I still wonder if the Bulls enjoyed that .. I doubt it somehow ..

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We must be getting close to fabled Bali now . . next stop perhaps.

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2015 - SWAN HELLENIC MINERVA - BALI, Indonesia

A performance of the Barong folk story


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Welcome to BALI

Someone once told me they were gong to Bali & I surprised myself that I did not know it was in INDONESIA.

My reason for taking this particular cruise was because it had more stops in Indonesia than any of the others I looked at. Indonesia is a very pleasant surprise .. lots of variety, tourist friendly & very scenic.

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A good show dockside .. but not as good as the one on todays tour.

A nice looking mountain in the distance

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Is there any place that does not have a Mcdonald's?

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Note that the statue is dressed .. many others are too .. ..

We arrive at the Barong show & the band are tuning up.

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Incense looks very nice & smokey

Show is starting ..

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The monkey is the star of the show . . . he sat in the edge of the stage checking his fur for bugs .. he found one & offered it to the little girl who decline so he popped it in his mouth.

He scared the bejesus out of the little girl when he jumped off the stage & sat down beside her .

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The evil Queen ... I don't remember the story but you can Google Barong folk story if you are interested. There was a hand-out at the show that I followed along with & that was a help but not really necessary.

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The musicians off to one side of the stage ..

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The monkey climbed up into a tree & kept an eye on proceedings

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HEY . I thought this was a family show ... Some bad men doing something bad to another man .. cutting off his manhood I think ..

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A very colourful cast take their bow

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This is a young TEAK plantation .. right beside the theatre entrance

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We are in Bali so it must be temple visit time & the need to cover legs & shoulders .. even the statues

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This couple from England are in Bali to get married or maybe just the honeymoon .. she let me photograph the Henna on her hands

Passing a street of wood carvers

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Very good carvings but no room in my suitcase to take any home ..

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The bus drove through an arch & let us off outside a very nondescript building but inside was a restaurant, where we were seated with these fabulous views ..

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Inside view ..

Outside view ..

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A stroll around this temple complex .. it stared raining so we did not linger too long.

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More stuff not to buy .. note, Bob Marley is available

That was a great visit .. I like Bali ..

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