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An Afternoon in Little Netherlands

It is fun to see a place in its liveliest hour, but it could also be pleasant to get to know a place when it is at its sleepiest. Last week, we wandered around the old town area of Semarang at one of its sleepiest hours: after lunch on a Sunday. Under the scorching afternoon sun, we walked around the colonial buildings and back alleys with only a handful of other people in sight. We could see why the area is nicknamed the Little Netherlands, ย but the murals we stumbled into brought some modern-day flavors into the old town.

There are times when pictures speak more than a thousand words, and this is definitely one of them. Here are some pictures from our afternoon strolling around Semarang’s old town area, which also kick off a new category in our blog: Photo Essays. Enjoy!

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For more pictures of Semarang, visit our brand new Instagram account: @thedustysneakers

Cheers, Gypsytoes


  1. Keren banget, kami juga suka foto2 bangunan tua, tapi gak seapik ini mengambil gambarnya. Foto jendela2 seperti itu selalu menarik, Potonya keren2. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€
    yes, these pictures speak more than words can say. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Halo Ewank dan/atau Yuna! ๐Ÿ˜€ Terima kasih ya, kami biasanya cuma pakai kamera point and shoot biasa, jadi senangnya banget BANGET kalau ada yang bilang hasilnya keren ๐Ÿ™‚ Oya, kami juga setuju, foto jendela dan pintu selalu menarik!

  2. Halim Santoso

    Suka gambar-gambarnya… Pesona kota lama Semarang memang nggak pernah bikin bosan.
    Salam kenal dari bocahilang ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. You might wander around this old city in the afternoon, before the sun sets … The colour of the sky is beautiful … ๐Ÿ™‚

    Nice photo! Looks classic …

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