Long Journey Cafe – click any image for full size
In March 2017 Caitlyn and I visited Long Journey on the advice of friends Shakespeare and Max – and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We headed back there in August after Shakespeare IM’d to say the parcel had undergone a relocation and a rebuild, and is now known as Long Journey Café.
The redesign is every bit as atmospheric and charming as the one we visited in March, which trains a tracks once again playing a role – and further shows that you don’t necessarily need an entire region, Full or Homestead, in order to make something unique and photogenic.
A visit begins on one of the four levels the parcel has been split into, at the terminus of a small tramway. The tram itself appears to be just arriving, and going by the camera set up close by, is the subject of a film or documentary. The tram tracks pass over a cobble surface, which provides access to a little café – one of several in the parcel – alongside of which is a set of steps leading to one of the upper levels.
This upper level road comprises a small motel, not exactly in its prime, and neighbouring cafés and eateries before it ends in a rickety looking, but quite sound, set of wooden steps and walkway raised on a wooden scaffold. These provide access to the remaining levels in the build – a railway carrying viaduct with a canal below. More little boutique café sit on platforms under the arches of the viaduct, reached by a wooden walkway running parallel to the bridge. These little eateries face an entertainment stage built out over the canal and a modest floating restaurant.
Follow the board walk along the canal far enough, and you’ll find steps offering a way back up to the tram level and another little street of shops, or wooden stairs making their way up the railway line. Nor is this all; a second set of steps descend from the elevated walkway, giving access to the large warehouse sitting at the northern end of the parcel, while the path around the film camera sitting at the end of the tram station can be used to reach a tattoo parlour, if you’re so inclined.
All of this is presided over by the tall figure of an Indonesian statue – although this, and many of the details in the region may not always be easily seen. On our first visit, Caitlyn and I arrived at night, with snow falling and which showed up the local lighting to good effect; it also meant we had to explore carefully in order not to miss anything. However, on a return visit, 24 hours later, the parcel was bathed in sunlight, suggesting its environment changes according to the owner’s whim or perhaps a schedule.
Yang (Sun2idea) has an eye for detail, and this latest iteration of Long Journey demonstrates this once again.
- Long Journey Cafe (Guzel Ada, rated: Moderate)