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Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Ella February 6th 2016

Geo: 6.61611, 80.7171On day 3 we set off for a trip round a tea estate and then on to Nureya Ella. We wandered through the busy town and colourful vegtable market, trying to recognize the produce, including the betel nut wrapped in a leaf with lime, like chalk, that turns red when mixed with saliva and stains the pavements when spat out. We finally recognized something from our visit 35 yrs ago -the Hill House club, now a hotel. The doorman was very welcoming and gave us a brief guided tour and invited us to become a day member to be able to buy a beer.After 2 more hours of twisty roads, lined with tea bushes, we arrived at Ella. The small town was surprisingly full of Europeans, young backpackers and family groups with young children. ... read more
the hill club
and its billiard room
in Ella walking seemed the only thing to do

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy February 4th 2016

Geo: 7.28446, 80.6375This was a beautiful first stay for 2 nights, with time to appreciate a tastefully renovated house that an Indian earning good money overseas had restored with his parents. I had a swim every morning, we had breakfast in thr garden and supper each night in the living room. Our bed was at the top of a tall look out tower, reached by a dangerously steep flight of stairs, but beautifully breezy,with a good view of garden and pool, when you got there.The first thing to get used to is the warmth. For the most part this is an attractive summer temperature, with cool early mornings and warm evenings, but walking around between 12.00 and 4.00 can be a lttle sweaty. Having an air con car helps. Our driver Christopher is a nice guy ... read more
Lovely old colonial house
Dining in the garden, or about to
Peter on the balcony,

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Colombo February 4th 2016

Geo: 6.92747, 79.8484Depart Heathrow at 2:15, very comfortable superior economy seat on a dreamliner. Two movies, two meals and a short doze later disembark at 23:30 body time, 5 in the morning Tamil Nadu time. Still dark. Immigration - completely unfazed that we are only staying 4 hours or so in their country. Change some money at rip-off airport exchange desk (£100 for 8,840 rupees - should be 10,000) walk in the dark past sleeping figures curled up on the ground to the departure terminal where we check in for our flight to Colombo. Much confusion because they want to see the credit card used for the booking, but there was a booking and a subsequent charge and different credit cards used, beyond their system's comprehension. At one point we had 5 young men staring at ... read more

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu February 4th 2016

Geo: 13.0615, 80.2478... read more

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Greater London February 3rd 2016

Geo: 51.5002, -0.126236... read more

Central America Caribbean » Cuba February 22nd 2015

Geo: 23.1168, -82.3886Cuba is something different - the poorest country we have visited in terms of its infrastructure and development in the last 100 years, enhanced by a wonderful climate and setting in the Carribean sea.But before this adventure we were able to relax on the Yucatan coast of Mexico, back in the small town of Akumal where we'd stayed before in some proper hot beach weather, swimming in a lagoon ( an inlet from the sea) with shoals of tropical fish, just like an aquarium and visiting the attractive Mayan ruins of Tulum on the coast before swimming on the best beach ever, white coral sand shaded with coconut palms, with gentle seas lapping the shallow shore and wonderful warm water. Helen and I were in our element and also enjoyed exploring the Coral Reef ... read more
Our lagoon aquarium
Havana waterfront
Down on the farm - buying cigars

North America » Mexico February 12th 2015

Geo: 20.6355, -87.0702Having agreed with Helen & Steve, who join us on February 9th, by e-mail, that instead of spending all our joint Mexican time in Playa del Carmen as planned we would return to Akumal we set off for the other side of the Yucatan Peninsula to the city of Merida, calling in en-route at the Mayan ruins at Coba and the Spanish town built on top of Mayan ruins at Izamal. The parts of Coba that have been explored are quite spread out but thre are bikes to rent to ease the passage from one to anothder. There were also taxi bikes - one local guy pedalling and one or two passengers in a strange cage affair in front. Seemed OK when the two passengers looked a bit ancient and wobbly, but on several ... read more
and a scary climb down
the view from the top
safely back on his bike

North America » Mexico February 4th 2015

Geo: 20.4161, -87.3043I've been (Liz talkng here) meaning to say something about colour. Mexico is full of vibrant colours, not the subdued and pastel shades found in the northern hempishere, but shocking pinks, reds, yellows that shimmer in the sun. Flowers, clothes and even buildings are painted in shocking pinks, orange, bright blue and yellow. Churches are decorated with great flower arrangments, sometimes over 20 displays in a church for a wedding or festival. Bright red Poinsettias, native to Mexico, are everywhere,growing like weeds, or planted on borders in public gardens. Geraniums and pink Bourganvillia decorate courtyards, white calla lillies, gladdioli and agapanthus proliforate and one tree is blossoming with a bright yellow flower the size of chrysanthumums. No wonder the women embroider their clothes with these flowers and their crafts and pots.... read more
Costa Smerelda sea - no warmer!
Temple of the Niches, El Tajin
Liz taking in the overview, El Tajin

North America » Mexico » Veracruz » Xalapa January 28th 2015

Geo: 19.5312, -96.9159The Anthropological Museum in Xalapa (an otherwise unremrkable town) s reckoned to be the second best in Mexico - after the national museum in Mexico City. And that might well be true, but the day we visited the National Museum it was very crowded (being a free of charge entry day for Mexicans, if not for us) and not having enough descriptive material in English. Xalapa. on the other hand, we had almost entrely to ourelves and a vdry useful audio guide in English was available.The building swoops down a hillside moving you down from the earlest history to the last stages of pre-Hispanic development. And many of the artefacts are breathaking in their beauty, in the miracle of their preservation (life-size pottery models of gods etc) and in the excellence of the preservation.So ... read more
Several giant heads

North America » Mexico January 27th 2015

Geo: 19.0468, -98.2092The Monarch Butterflies were indeed awesome, but our spell in the mountains was the nearest we got to a 'Homestay' and interesting for the people we met and the stories they had to tell.We stayed with Joel, aged 34, and his large family of 9 siblings and his parents. They were all involved in developing this Butterfly Tourist business, which only runs for Nov to March at most and is subject to the falling Monarch population. But Joel was building more rooms for guests with his Mother and sisters cooking more meals next door and his brothers providing the horses and assistance for the arduous mountain climb. This business was also greatly helped by Ellen, an American from LA, living with Joel for the last year, who knows what visitors want. But Ellen is ... read more
On the terrace of Cortes' palace
Part of a Diego Rivera mural in the palace
A room in Robert Brady's house/museum

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