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Yogyakarta - Ancient and modern

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Today we take you on a photo-tour of the Sultan's Water Palace in the ancient Javanese capital of Yogyakarta, (also known as Jogjakarta).
First we have to get there from our hotel in a tricycle rickshaw called a becak.
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How do these guys cope with the chaotic traffic of this congested city?
Oh-Oh! This one's given up.
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We switch to a horse and buggy to give our becak driver a break. We may think that we are doing our bit for the environment by not taking a cab, but goodness knows what we are doing to the horse's lungs in all this pollution.
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We have arrived at the Water Palace. It was built in the seventeenth century for a Sultan with an unpronouncable name. (Just look to the left of the satellite dish, underneath the line of washing, to see parts of this important aecheological monument).
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These are the Sultan's harem pools.
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Twenty-eight concubines at a time swam around these pools until the Sultan chose his 'Catch o' the day' from his bedroom window. Why twenty-eight at a time? What happened to the twenty-seven rejects? and a dozen similar questions overstretched the comprehension of our Indonesian guide.
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This is the pool at our hotel. Sheila is going to swim around until Jim chooses his 'Catch o' the day.'

Posted by Hawkson 00:16 Archived in Indonesia

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I do hope that the fisherman was successful at catching that most delectable of swimmers.
The adventure goes on! What is your itinerary for the remainder of your vogage?
luv
Sharron

by harshar

Some time when you are back - you must gather all the shots of the swimming pools together and we can help you decide on the oscar for the best pool of the trip award! Nothing so far has rivaled the one in Malaysia - but there is time and pools left yet!

Tom

by whalleyt

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