A Happy New Year to our followers! As we say goodbye to 2017, it has been an incredible year! Our travel adventures took us to South East Asia and parts of Europe (visiting 14 countries!)…
Following from Part 1 of our Flores adventure, Part 2 covers our journey from central Flores to the West. We visit traditional villages scattered across volcanic plains and dense forests. We see amazing rice fields grown in a spider web pattern and we get an unexpected tour offered by local school students.
Beyond Bali and Lombok towards the east lies Flores, a long island named by the Portuguese colonists who arrived here in 16th Century. The island is an adventure playground; filled with active volcanoes, stunning lakes and hidden beaches. Dotted with traditional villages, interesting cultures and the mysterious Komodo Dragons to the far west, Flores offers you an alternative Indonesian escape with fewer tourists.
Sharing the same name as it’s Bali counterpart, Kuta in Lombok is the complete opposite. A long stretch of rugged coastline in the south of the island – with numerous beaches and coves to explore. Kuta is becoming a popular destination for surfers, with some of the best surf breaks in Indonesia. The beaches here are beautiful, uncrowded, and it feels undiscovered and low key – with none of the tacky beachside shops or resorts to spoil the natural splendour of this part of Lombok.
Kyoto is Japan’s historic and cultural capital with countless shrines, temples, gardens and traditional buildings. It is one of the most recognised Japanese cities and we were excited to be here. As we experienced the city more over the days we realised that the old is mixed with the new – creating it’s unique charm and character.