Boko Temple and Merapi Volcano's foot-hills

The scenery from above..

My latest trips are to Ratu Boko Temple and to Merapi Volcano's foot-hills. My family and I really enjoyed these trips. We call our trips 'Friday Fun' because we have been mostly doing trips on Friday, after the Jummah prayer.

On October 7th, 2011, we went to Ratu Boko's site, or popularly called as Candi Boko/Boko Temple. The temple was located up high on a hill. There were so many stairs to get us up there to the temple. But, it was worth it because up there the beautiful scenery was waiting for us to see.. :) Or, we can go up higher to the Candi Boko's view-tower for more scenery from above. From there you could also see the Prambanan Temple, rice-fields, roads, trains ran on their rails, and airplanes which about to landed on or just about took off from the Adi Sucipto airport.

And these are the selected pictures from Candi Boko (photographed by me):

The scenery from above (from Ratu Boko Temple's view-tower):
It was a part of Yogyakarta and Klaten city.

Me.. in front of Pendopo Putri (Princess' place), Candi Boko:
Behind me there was a field where some sheep being pastured. There were also some deer that put into an area bordered by fences.

(The pic was took by my 4 years old son.. ^_^ )

Then, on October 14th, 2011, we went to the Merapi Volcano's natural conservation area (or, in Bahasa Indonesia, we call it: Taman Nasional Gunung Merapi).

Last year, in early November 2010 (it's exactly one year now), Merapi Volcano erupted. It was one of Merapi's massive eruption. Everything in this conservation area at that time was devastated and covered by thick dust, sands, and also stones. Many houses and trees was buried by clinker, sand, and dust. The super-hot clouds (in Javanese: wedhus gembel) that came out of the volcano's crater passed by this area and burned everything underneath they passed.

These selected pictures are from Merapi Volcano's foot-hills where everything are starting back to "green":

Unfortunately, while we were there, the weather was cloudy, so we could not see the Merapi Volcano.

Me, my uncle, and a local man (the sentence in the picture, in English means: "Watch out to the precipice behind !")
Merapi Volcano's National Park (natural conservation area).

(Photos: courtesy of Rania © FashioningFaith Blog)

Location: Ratu Boko's site/Boko Temple and 
Merapi Volcano's foot-hills, Dusun Cangkringan, Yogyakarta.

Would you like to visit these amazing places by yourself?

(Photography by Rania; Location: Candi Boko)

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