So Much Life Left over by Louis de Bernieres

It was the long avenue of palm trees on the cover of De Bernieres’ book that attracted me to hit the ‘listen’ button on my audiobook account. I recognised it as the Royal Botanic Garden, Peradeniya near Kandy, Sri Lanka. The story is set between the wars starting in Ceylon with references to the  Tea Industry, British Garrison Cemetery and […]

Do you buy souvenirs?

………………..me ……………….only sometimes, if perhaps some small trinket catches my eye, is especially appealing or is likely to evoke a special memory. It has to be small as I’m unlikely to have much if any luggage space. I did buy a colourful mug in  Buenos Aires as the colours were bright and the mugs did not appear […]

Food tourism

Watching Million Pound Menu one of the potential investors used the phrase food tourism so it got me thinking. I haven’t travelled anywhere specifically for the food ….but I  have travelled somewhere plenty of times where I have experienced food heaven…..here are my potential destinations for some food tourism either for the food or the location….perhaps you can […]

Colombo Airport, Sri Lanka

Bandaranaike Airport is Colombo’s international jumping off or on point. It is well served by Sri Lankan airways and  Emirates. Whilst generally the roads  in Sri Lanka are poor the Expressway from Colombo to the airport is well made, fast and efficient. Fast if there isn’t much traffic, so twenty miles can take over an hour. […]

Sri Lanka, a suggested 15 day itinerary

This is the itinerary I planned and used in August. Collected by a private driver at Colombo airport in a comfortable air conditioned car, this proved valuable as Lal acted as guide and driver when ever we needed one. He took us to Casa Heliconia a forty five minute drive from the airport. Here we spent two nights and […]

Emirates Lounge, Colombo.

The Emirates Business Class Lounge in Colombo is smaller than many I have visited but more than adequately serviced for the discerning traveller. Calming shades of beige and gold decor and seating with a mossy green carpet makes sipping that champagne restful and pleasing. The lounge sports the usual floor to ceiling windows, a good range of […]

Journey from Taylor’s Hill to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Taylor’s Hill is a converted tea planter’s house designed for traveller’s who like a little luxury. I left Taylor’s Hill when the raining was falling so everywhere looked washed clean and newly bright as my private driver carefully negotiated the bends on the narrow hills descending into Kandy. The distance in total from Taylor’s to Colombo is less than 90 miles […]