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Thetraveljunkie.org – As much as we love the excitement of the Big Durian, a weekend away is always something to look forward to and a weekend away in Solo Raya was no exception. Just a short flight away, the trip to Soekarno-Hatta was the longest part of the journey there!
We arrived on a wet and cool night so after checking in at the Edelweiss Hotel and having a hot shower we headed to Kebon Kulon. In a traditional Joglo style building decorated with deer and wooden carvings we warmed up with angkringan and hot ginger wedang.
Breakfast of traditional Nasi Kuning was by served by our private plunge pool where we spent most of Saturday. After an afternoon siesta, we headed to Pasar Triwindu to check out the range of antiques and retro products. Our favourite was a beautiful old gramophone which of course she wanted to smuggle into her suitcase. After listening to romantic renditions of old songs and convincing her we couldn’t fit in the gramophone we headed to Warung Dapur Alit for dinner.
Late evening we went to Wedangan Pendopo for more wedang and local food. There’s a reason why Jokowi always visits when he’s home. The combination of classic Javanese decor and the welcoming atmosphere made it a perfect place for a chilled romantic Saturday night.
Sunday we woke up early and headed to the local springs, Umbul Manten in Klaten. Being a Sunday morning we weren’t alone but managed to find a quiet spot under a banyan tree to soak and look out over the rice paddies. The cool organic spring water was refreshing and we felt the last of the Jakarta tension melt away. After breakfast of sate keong (snail satay) and hot coffee we headed back to Edelweiss stopping on the way for photos in front of green rice paddies and the old sugar factory.
The rest of the day was spent cuddling, lazily eating nasi liwet by the pool and sunbathing then packing ready to come back to Jakarta.
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