- Indonesia 2019 Photo Tour
By Michelle Alten
We are traveling in Indonesia, an archipelago of 18,000 islands, a country with the fourth largest population in the world. After a long flight from the U.S. via Soeul, we paused for a day of relaxation on the Coast of Bali.
Moving on to Solo, on the island of Java, we find ourselves in a hotel where every wall and every corner is home to a work of art—boldly painted and costumed puppets, intricately carved wooden screens, life-sized husband and wife figures, striking masks. I could wander the halls for hours.
All photos copyright Wolfgang Kaehler
Today we strolled barefoot on the cool marble floor of the Puro Mangkunegara, a keraton or sultan’s palace, through the turquoise and gold-adorned audience halls of the king and a courtyard garden dripping with white monkey flowers. At a batik workshop, we tried our hand at the delicate task of applying wax to cotton fabric using a wooden tool—a remarkably difficult task.