I’m Emma, your Indonesian host. I was born near Yogyakarta on the island of Java. In 2018, I decided to leave my job in the fashion industry in Paris to devote myself entirely to welcoming tourists and professionals passing through the region.
Having remained very attached to my culture, I would like to make people discover my country through the exotic atmosphere of our guest house and the decoration of the rooms by island (Java, Bali, Lombok, Borneo, Florès…).
The “table d’hôtes” (dinner table) that I propose follows the same logic: it aims to make you discover Indonesian specialties, cooking being my passion: nasi goreng, rendang, opor ayam, soto, lemper, etc., so many exotic names that will bring back memories or make you discover a surprising cuisine. I also give Indonesian cooking classes at the Inter-age University of Melun.
Sampai jumpa lagi (see you soon)!
I am Franck, originally from Lyon, but expatriated in the Paris region for more than 20 years, when I was recruited on a Lecturer position at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. I am now a full professor of Physical and Environmental Geography, specialising in risks and natural disasters. As my research work is mainly focused on volcanoes and tsunamis, you will easily understand why I have spent -and continue to spend- so much time in Indonesia, such a fascinating country! I met Emma 25 years ago during my PhD thesis on the Merapi volcano.
Our two children, Axel (21) and Livia (16) are artists, just like their mother (I decline all responsibility!). Axel is a professional photographer, and a musician (guitar, piano…). He is a composer in different musical styles, and a singer in a metal band (Glass Castle). Livia is a high school student, and her passion is drawing (since she was a child…). Her world is a bit heroic fantasy. She paints in particular on tee-shirts, and also composes lyrics for several bands.