Pictures inside were not allowed, but it mostly contained fancy furniture and various gifts from the Dutch and other dignitaries, plus did I mention fancy furniture? Turns out for $40 a person, which includes food, you can rent out the royal dining room for a private event. Needless to say the dollar goes a long way here. After the palace, I walked around outside, but the markets were just opening up and it was mostly various forms of batik so I headed out back towards the green.
The next stop was Sukuh, a Hindu temple nestled high up on Mount Lawu, which itself is a rolling hill paradise of tea plantations, terraced rice paddies, and general gorgeous green vistas. I must say that no temple after the behemoths will ever measure up, but the drive was worth a slightly less impressive locale.
Following the hills to an even higher spot, I went to check out another Hindu temple nestled in the hills called Ceto...which involved crazy steep slopes and a LOT of steps. Polina, this one will be mostly for your benefit, and no, I didn't get you a "souvenir". For the rest of you, this temple is known to lift curses and ward off general doom from your life. People come here and light incense and, um, meditate.
I climbed down from the hill and was asked "Did you like the fountain?" Um, I didn't see any darn fountain. "Oh, you have to turn left through this small entryway and go up a bit and you'll see it. You really shouldn't miss it". Fine. Back up I trudged and it was quite a lovely fountain.
I stopped at one of the tea plantations for a pot of tea and lunch before heading back to town for a night in an actual hotel...with no lizards and HBO. Don't judge me.