Our honeymoon was fantastic. We spent our time in Indonesia, and while we were on our own in Jogjakarta and Bali, we were fortunate to have locals to guide us around. After arriving, we promptly headed into the mountains to explore a volcano, but upon returning, it was time to explore Jakarta, the nation’s capital.
One might think that there’s nothing to do, but you’d be wrong. In the morning we headed off to National Monument. Due to it being a public holiday, we couldn’t get tickets to go up the spire, but the scenery around the place was fantastic.
From there we went to the National Museum of Indonesia. It was closed, but a few thousand Rupiah greased some wheels and we were able to go inside. True to form, it included artifacts from the entire archipelago. Not only that, the exhibit included examples of local cultures.
Then it was off to Masjid Istiqlal, the largest mosque in South-east Asia. it happens to have been designed by a Christian… and right across the street is the Catholic Cathedral of Jakarta.
Our day then took us to Mangga Dua for discount shopping. You can’t believe the deals here.
The highlight of the trip was authentic ox tail soup on Mangga Besar. The place with the green sign: Sop Buntut! The meal was fantastic, and if you’re in the area, make sure you stop by!
Our last stops in Jakarta were at Sea World to go SCUBA diving in the main tank with all the fish and Taman Safari. I love diving. It was Jo’s first time and she pulled through like the amazing woman that she is. Taman Safari is a wild animal park. The drive through the paddocks was a blast, but not as fun as holding the baby animals.