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February 28th 2018
Published: March 2nd 2018
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Brighton Marina the day we left
Alan and Maggi drove me across the snow covered South Downs to Caroline’s in Emsworth. We had coffee and biscuits while we waited for Trish to arrive with the taxi that would take us to Heathrow.
Because of the snowy weather warning we got there in plenty of time and because we are going with Kuoni (posh trip😃) we had access to the very comfortable lounge where we had delicious salad and cake. There was a slight hiccup because we went to the wrong lounge but we sorted it out.
As we boarded our flight there was a blizzard blowing and the snow was half way up the window. We were delayed about an hour and a half as our plane had to be de-iced but we were lucky to get away as many flights were cancelled.
A heavy bag fell out of the overhead locker and hit poor Trish on the shoulder - I’m sure it must have really hurt her.
We were very tired when our meal finally arrived so I didn’t bother with it. OMG we had a terrible night. Caroline couldn't sleep till the last couple of hours and I cat napped through the night and on top of that I left my neck support on the plane and had to battled through the tide of people getting off the plane to retrieve it.
Everything went very smoothly through immigration and baggage reclaim and our man from Kuoni was there to meet us and drive us the 45 mins to Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. It is indeed a grand hotel with tropical gardens, fish ponds, fairy lights, beautiful orchid flower arrangements and an amazing fish restaurant.
After a much needed shower we took a cab to the Odell Mall. (Elsewhere things were closed as it’s the full moon and Poya festival.). We had a meal (cant remember if it was lunch or dinner as very disorientated) at Lipalis restaurant. We took a tut tut back to the hotel and felt very lucky to see the Poya parade with much dancing, singing and banging of drums just outside our hotel. There were also 17 elephants dressed in different colored sequined coats. It was good to see but we weren’t keen on the fact that the elephants legs were chained together apparently so they couldn’t charge into the crowd. We were so tired by then we could

The Poya Festival Parade
hardly see but we still found the energy to sit in the bar eating ice cream and listening to the live swing band. So nice 😊.
I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.

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The hotel fish restaurant

2nd March 2018

Lovely blog, can you tell me is Trsh the same person as Caroline.
3rd March 2018

Sounds exciting so far. Glad to hear you have gone for the luxury option. We’re too old to economise. Have a fabulous time.
3rd March 2018

Caroline and Trish
Lovely picture of the girls X Hope it's all going well Carole X Thinking of you xxx😘❤️

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