Steve & Pat Meadows


Steve & Pat Meadows

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Steve and Pat travelling Europe from late 2008,

Having slaved away for thirty or so years, we have decided to give up the rat race, head off and look for warmer climates to spend our dotage in warm sunshine.

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Runaway Bay February 16th 2023

Tuesday 7 February Another good night's sleep. Nothing planned for today, so we had a slow start. Ambled off to Orquidea for breakfast. My current favourite breakfast is cheese & onion omelette, from the egg station prepared at your request. Followed by one pancake covered in syrup. After breakfast we went through the reception area. The second week of our cruise would have started today. The ship is back in operation and some people are transferring to the ship. This is not an option for us due to us cancelling the whole thing and taking a different holiday. A guy in the bar last night, who had done the same as us, said they had spoken to TUI to try and get back on the cruise, but TUI said No. Then off to the beach to ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Jamaica » Runaway Bay February 7th 2023

Thursday 2 February We spent a quiet day around the resort. Breakfast in the Orquidea. We strolled along the beach late morning and sat for a while having a drink. On our return we then lunched in the beach restaurant. In the evening we had a reservation in one of the speciality restaurants at 6.30 pm. The Dolce Vita and from the name you might guess, Italian themed. An enjoyable meal. Friday 3 February This was our booked tour for Kingston and meeting in the lobby at 7.45 am. We didn't make any effort for breakfast, so just had coffee in the room. A small coach arrived and with one stop at a Rui hotel along the way, there were 14 of us. We headed through the island on the new toll road built by the ... read more

Central America Caribbean February 2nd 2023

Sunday 29 January Pat had spent the day packing and sorting things out in the house, for our imminent departure tomorrow morning. We had a meal deal from M&S for our lunch. We needed some bits and pieces, so headed out for a quick visit to Morrisons supermarket before it closed at 4 pm. Just as we were passing through the check out at 3.30 pm my phone rang. It was TUI, after a security check to confirm who I was, she told me that the cruise was cancelled. That got my attention. There was an issue with Food & beverage on board. After, I confirmed what she had told me, she asked if we wanted a full refund or to try and book another holiday. Pat was obviously with me and we said to give ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 19th 2020

For the sake of completing this journey on the blog, I will simply say we returned home after an arduos and fraught time. Then commenced a 14 day self isolation period.... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 14th 2020

Wednesday, 11 March, 2020, cont'd After a slow start we headed off at 10.45 am, simply walking North. Bought water from the supermarket, that we call fat man's, for obvious reasons. He told us the first corona virus had been found in Sri Lanka, yesterday. Looked in souvenir/craft shops on the way up to foodcity. We have a small list of things needed presently, but didn't find anything on the list. We bought other things instead. Then over to Tecso and found one item that we were looking for. Time for refreshment. The coffee bean & tea leaf cafe provided us with an ice blended hazelnut and an ice blended black forest drink. They claim to have invented ice blended drinks in 1963 in California and are world famous for them! Anyway it was something different. ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 11th 2020

Monday 9 March, 2020 cont'd We left the room at 6.40 pm to find some dinner. Down to the main road and turned right. We stopped at a a restaurant called Sherryland, a few buildings down. The menu looked ok, so we went in. The waiter came for our drinks order and we asked about alcohol, as it was Poya (full moon) day, the waiter spoke quietly and said there was no alcohol. But if we didn't tell anyone they would mix a drink at the bar and could serve it that way. So no bottles of beer were seen on tables. Pat had a gin and tonic and I had a coke. For food we had a burger with chips and chicken stir fry with rice. Food was good, bill was LKR 3311 (GBP 13.97). ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 9th 2020

Saturday 7 March, 2020 A good nights sleep. Plan for today, try to find a cricket stadium. The England cricket team are playing two test matches against Sri Lanka in late March just after we leave. However, they are playing two warm up matches, one not to far from Negombo and the other in Colombo, while we are still here. After doing some research, we have been able to find out some details and the first game is at Katunayake stadium near the airport. The information is sketchy and not wholly encouraging me as how accurate it might be. However we thought we would at least try to find it. Stirred at 6.50 am. Left at 9.50 am. The first step was to get to Negombo. So we went to the bus stop and a blue ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Western Province » Negombo March 7th 2020

Wednesday 4 March, 2020, cont'd During our walk this morning we had spotted several laundrys and many restaurants, some of which we might even like to try. There were a couple of Italian restaurants, next door to each other which caught Pat's eye. So we headed out at 6.30 pm to find a laundry and then eat. We had it in our minds that the first laundry was a little way along and then the Italian restaurants followed. We walked and walked and came to the restaurants! Well we had got that all wrong. Next we walked past the cafe and the shop we visited this morning. Both guys were out on the street and we said hello. Finally after walking even further we spotted the laundry which was up a side alley. It was a ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Eastern Province » Trincomalee March 4th 2020

Saturday 29, February, 2020 cont'd At 7.00 pm we went down to get some dinner. Pat ordered grilled chicken and I ordered chicken fried rice. As usual here it all took a little while. Pat's was a little spicy but ok. The hotel has a Chinese connection and last night in the restaurant of about 15 people, we were the only non-Chinese. Most of them seem to be into scuba diving. Back to the room for 8.30 pm and lights out 10.00 pm. Sunday 1 March, 2020. Another good nights sleep, woke at 6.30 am, stirred at 7.00 am. Down to breakfast at 8.00 am. Sliced fruits, omelette, bacon, sausages, French toast, toast, fruit juice, tea and coffee. You order breakfast from a menu. The waiter is a softly spoken young man, who gets most things ... read more

Asia » Sri Lanka » Central Province » Kandy February 29th 2020

Thursday 27 February, 2020 cont'd During the afternoon we started our packing and sorting things out for our departure tomorrow. We had a quiet evening and lights out was 9.20 pm. Friday 28 February, 2020 Today is our transfer from Kandy to Nilaveli near Trincomalee via Polonnaruwa. Woke at 6.20 am after a good nights sleep. Down for breakfast at 8.00 am. Nice hotel guy said the taxi driver would like an earlier start than 10.00 am as he felt there was a lot to do in the day. We comprimised on 9.15 am. Back to the room, showered and speeded up our final packing. I went down and paid our hotel bill. He had given us a slightly cheaper rate for the further two nights. The staff collected our luggage from the room and the ... read more

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