There were men in ties in Tissamaharama. Ties, in the midday sun. The clear sign of brisker business than we’d spotted at the straggles of roadside stalls selling coconuts, watermelon and fairly fresh fish along our long and dusty route. My stomach churned a bit at the realisation that we were closing in on our … More Tears, but no fears, on my first time safari
In this video, we get chef Suranga to show us how to make Sri Lankan dahl and delicious fish curry.
This morning, we took our first walk from our villa near Tangalle in Sri Lanka along the beach. It was stunning. Coconut palms and mangroves right up to the shoreline. Big Indian Ocean waves. Deserted sandy beach. Just idyllic. And then I spotted this chap. He was only about 20cm long and I thought from … More Taking risks whilst travelling
In 1857, a 22 year old James Gibson would have seen Pointe de Galle (or simply, Galle, as it is now) for the first time some way off in the distance. He would have noticed the large, robust fort on the headland which indicated the harbour beyond. He would, at this stage of the journey, … More Echoes of the past – a visit to Galle
‘You know what I feel like?’ my juddering voice shouted to Nigel, one hand gripping the tuk tuk’s plastic bench seat like grim death, the other clinging claw-like to the front ‘safety bar’. ‘I feel like a real travel pro, now ‘. His mocking reply was drowned out by Colombo’s roar; its dusty city centre … More Colombo – a great introduction to Sri Lanka
We’re fortunate enough in the UK to be treated to medical care which provides us with free coverage the whole year round. The NHS has proven a godsend for British citizens – but as a result we’ve become somewhat spoilt when it comes to our wellbeing. The same privileges will not be extended overseas. Today, … More How much will medical expenses abroad set you back?
We’ve been determined to discover places in the UK this year that will appeal to empty nesters. So, with lots of options on our doorstep in the Cotswolds, we have started local. Kelmscott Manor is best known as the much loved retreat of William Morris, the notable designer and craftsman, often referred to as the … More Kelmscott Manor review: Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds
It’s nearly upon us! This year, we’ve visited Slovakia, Austria and Italy – as well as trips to Edinburgh and Wales here in the UK. And on top of that, we’ve been out and about in our new home territory – the beautiful Cotswolds. But the big trip for 2017 is to Sri Lanka. Back … More The big trip of 2017 – Sri Lanka