We recently visited Český Krumlov in Southern Bohemia in the Czech Republic. It is, without doubt, a beautiful place, packed with history and culturally significant – it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status back in 1992. To give you an idea of that significance, it’s the same status awarded to the Tower of London … … More Goldilocks in Český Krumlov
Jane tells a story of a childhood holiday. She was playing in the woods with her sister close to the cottage in Scotland where they were staying. They came across a young lad who joined in their game for a while. She found out later that it was Prince Andrew – then second in line … More Mariánské Lázně: Royal footsteps
We travelled to Slovakia, Austria, Wales, Scotland, Italy and Sri Lanka in 2017 – and, of course, got to know our new home area – The Cotswolds – better. Here we look back at the best bits.
After a fabulous 15 days in Sri Lanka, we’re back and have put together this quick guide. Stories: First impressions of Colombo Galle through the eyes of one of Nigel’s ancestors Sri Lankan street pics Jane’s perspective on our road trip Sigiriya and Duran Duran Pictures from a safari Jane’s fears for a safari are … More Sri Lanka signposter
Here at thetimeofourlives HQ, we’re always on the lookout for vacation ideas that are a little out of the ordinary. And we’ve recently become intrigued by the opportunity for empty nesters of pet-sitting. So how does it work? There are lots of people out there who want (or need) to travel, but would prefer that … More Care for pets and get free accommodation: pet-sitting opportunities
The creases in Ranjith’s shirt sleeves were razor sharp. Two first-timers to Sri Lanka in the back, with a 600 mile wish list, and no pre-booked transport? This was a big day for him. At the wheel next to Ranjith: his friend Nandana. Sensing a flinch as we squeezed between two tuktuks and a trash … More Six hundred miles and Sri Lankan smiles: views from the back seat
From 6th-8th November 2017 at the ExCel in London, the World Travel Market will be taking place. 50,000 visitors from around the world will converge to understand the latest industry trends and do business. We’ll be going along and talking to a range of destinations about our plans for 2018. Our shortlist is: UK Northern … More World Travel Market: our first visit
My favourite year for music is 1982. In fact, three of my top five albums of all time were released in that year. One of those is Rio by Duran Duran. I know this is a travel blog, but music looms large in the lives of the 2emptynesters and we all know how songs can … More Sigiriya – save a prayer for Lion Rock
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.