Friday, January 31, 2020

How to see my blogs?

NB – Many of my blogs are not yet indexed...
If you want to discover my trip, you need to rewind time/my blogs.

Important: in order to see previous stories, at end of a page, 
in the bottom right corner, click on “Older Posts”.

Nov 2019 - Indonesia 2 (Lombok, Bali, Java) is here
Sept-Oct 2019 - Indonesia 1 (Sulawesi, Flores, Sumbawa) is here
June-August 2019 - Borneo is here
May 2019 - Vietnam is here
March 2019 - Singapore is here
February 2019 - Malaysia Peninsular is here
December 2018 - Thailand is here
November 2018 - Laos is here
October 2018 - China is here
September 2018 - Mongolia is here 
August 2018 - Kazakhstan and Russian Federation are here
July 2018 – Kyrgyztan is here
July 2018 – Pamir highway (Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) is here
July 2018 – Tajikistan is here
June 2018 – Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are here
May 2108 - Iran (second trip) is here
April 2018 - UAE and Oman are here
March 2018 - Iran (first trip) is here
February 2018 - Departure and Eastern Europe is here

Enjoy without moderation!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Welcome to the Land Roamer's blog!

I created this blog to keep my family and friends informed about the Land Roamer’s 
preparation, planning for the trip and later to keep in touch during my overland adventures.

Having had both a Land Rover and a Land Cruiser, I decided that I would call my 
4x4 camper-truck, a Brimont Brutt (more info here) "Land Roamer".

To roam: "To travel purposefully unhindered through a wide area. It suggests wandering freely
 and often far afield."  Etymology: Middle English, 14th century, Merriam-Webster.  

"Live for the JOURNEY, not the Destination!"

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Indonesia 2 - Lombok, Bali, Java islands

=> This post is a chronological summary of my trip.
More pictures can be accessed at the end of each section
they are organized by topics.
1/ Lombok 
Beautiful Southern coast with so few tourists !

Now inland...
At the beginning of the 19th century, Lombok was divided into several small kingdoms. Mayura Park, located 2 km east of Mataram, was built by Anak Agung Gde Ngurah Karangasem in 1866, it is a garden built by the king as a complement to his palace. 

Boat trip to Gili - Trawangen (full of tourists!)
My boat, coming from Lombok

Boat coming from Bali... 8 outboard motors, 1000 HP!

Ferry to Bali

=> If you want to see MORE pictures of my
trip through Lombok click here to see them. 

They are organized by topics. 

2/ Bali
Uluwatu on Kuta Selatan

Gunung Kawi is an 11th-century temple and funerary complex north-east of Ubud that is spread across either side of the Pakerisan river. It comprises 10 rock-cut candi (shrines) that are carved into some 7-metre-high sheltered niches of the sheer cliff face. These funeral monuments are thought to be dedicated to King Anak Wungsu of the Udayana dynasty and his favourite queens. On the east side there are five temples that are dedicated, according to one theory, to King Udayana, his queen Mahendradatta, and their sons Airlanga, Anak Wungsu, and Marakata. The temples on the west side are dedicated, according to the same theory, to the king's minor queens or concubines.


Brahmavihara-Arama is a monastery, located in the hills of Banjar. Opened in 1970, the monastery covers a hectare of hillside, with numerous meditation rooms, libraries, beautiful gardens, and an impressive mini replica of the world's largest Buddhist archaeological site, Borobudur. Main sections include the Uposatha Gara, which is a restful and quiet meditation room in the western section, with walls depicting Prince Siddhartha Gautama’s birth, and a statue of the Buddha in his state of reaching Nirvana. The room also serves as the main venue for new bikhu or Buddhist monk initiations.

Besakih Temple is a pura complex on the slopes of Mount Agung in eastern Bali. It is the most important, the largest and holiest temple of Hindu religion in Bali. Perched at nearly 1000 meters, it is an extensive complex of 23 separate but related temples with the largest and most important being Pura Penataran Agung. The temple is built on six levels, terraced up the slope. The entrance is marked by a split gateway (candi bentar).

On the Northern shore of Bali

Last lovely secluded beach before CROWDED Java...

LAST ferry to Java!

=> If you want to see MORE pictures of my
trip through Bali click here to see them. 

They are organized by topics. 

3/ Java
Kawah Ijen
The Ijen volcano complex is a group of composite volcanoes that are inside a larger caldera (Ijen), which is about 20 kilometres wide. The Gunung Merapi (mountains of fire) stratovolcano is the highest point of that complex.
West of Gunung Merapi is the Ijen volcano, which has a one-kilometre-wide turquoise-coloured acidic crater lake. The lake is the site of a labour-intensive sulfur mining operation, in which sulfur-laden baskets are carried by hand from the crater floor to the nearby Paltuding Valley, 3 km away.
The lake is recognised as the largest highly acidic crater lake in the world. It is also a source for the river Banyupahit, resulting in highly acidic and metal-enriched river water which has a significant detrimental effect on the downstream river ecosystem.

The trolleys with cushions are to carry people up and down the crater!

Gunnung Bromo
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (southeast of Surabaya) is the only conservation area in Indonesia that has a sand sea: the Tengger Sand Sea across the caldera of an ancient volcano (Tengger) from which four new volcanic cones have emerged. This unique feature covers a total area of 5,250 hectares at an altitude of about 2,100 metres. The massif also contains the highest mountain in Java, Mount Semeru (3,676 m), four lakes and 50 rivers.
Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano which sits in the middle of the Sea of Sand, at 2,329 meters it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the most well known. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java.

Borobudur (Candhi Barabudhur) is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple, not far from the town of Muntilan, in Central Java. It is the world's largest Buddhist temple which consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa.

Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, the temple design follows Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana. The temple demonstrates the influences of Gupta art that reflects India's influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. The monument is a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage. The pilgrim journey begins at the base of the monument and follows a path around the monument, ascending to the top through three levels symbolic of Buddhist cosmology: Kāmadhātu (the world of desire), Rūpadhātu (the world of forms) and Arūpadhātu (the world of formlessness). The monument guides pilgrims through an extensive system of stairways and corridors with 1,460 narrative relief panels on the walls and the balustrades.

Evidence suggests that Borobudur was constructed in the 9th century and subsequently abandoned following the 14th-century decline of Hindu kingdoms in Java and the Javanese conversion to Islam. Worldwide knowledge of its existence was sparked in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, then the British ruler of Java, who was advised of its location by native Indonesians.

Borobudur has since been preserved through several restorations. The largest restoration project was undertaken between 1975 and 1982 by the Indonesian government and UNESCO, followed by the monument's listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, and ranks with Bagan in Myanmar and Angkor Wat in Cambodia as one of the great archeological sites of Southeast Asia. Borobudur remains popular for pilgrimage, with Buddhists in Indonesia celebrating Vesak Day at the monument. Borobudur is Indonesia's single most visited tourist attraction.

=> If you want to see MORE pictures of my
trip through Java click here to see them. 

They are organized by topics.