This time we basically changed all riding plans for our 2 days in Jogjakarta. No ride to Pacitan (beach area) and No ride to the mountain area as well. Since we were still a bit tired by a long and time consuming ride to Jogjakarta on the first day, we prefered just to have a enjoyable and short ride in and arround Jogjakarta for the next 2 days and had another long ride back home via Bandung.
Friday, 27 March 2009: Ratu Boko
Ratu Boko is an archaeological site known as Kraton Ratu Boko or Ratu Boko’s Palace. Ratu Boko is located on a plateau. This place is not far away from Jogjakarta city. It is located at the opposite side of the famous Lara Jonggrang Prambanan Temple (about 3 km from the main street to Solo).
It was just and an easy short ride, to enjoy a fresh juice in the midle of the day at a simple cafe called “Kedai Makan PERENG BOKO”
Since it was Friday, some of us who are Moslem went for a friday praying in a small Mosque in that place just before the Ratu Boko Palace. Uh.. although the Sholat was in standard language (as the same used all over the world), the Khotbah (speech) were given in “Javanese language“… So I may only understand one or two words from about 20 minutes speech and just enjoyed it in a sleepy face. Hahaha.. 😀
The best time to visit this place is actually at the suset time. There is a package of dinner in sunset for its visitor here. But since we already planned to just have a dinner at a famous simple traditional food for today, we were quite happy to see the view of Prambanan Temple and an active volcano, Mount Merapi. See this:
After enjoying the view, some glasses of fresh juice, we went down back to the city and had a “big” lunch at “Ayam Goreng Suharti” Restaurant on the same street.