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We woke late and had breakfast at 10.00. Huge. Scrambled eggs on toast, curried hash browns, tomato and onions, bacon and wonderful warm sausage, followed by sliced fresh mangos, pineapples etc. Sat in the garden for a while: three people in conversation, a man cleaning the pool, another touching up some paintwork, a squirrel, crows, exotic bird calls, whoops and whistles, the breeze rustling the thick leaves on the trees, different bushes with wonderful flowers. ...
... put over your knees by them with a flourish!........Table pad re-aligned as I had inadvertently pushed it off centre with my hand. "Sir....tea coffee?"..........Senior member of staff who was overseeing from a distance at once appears with tea. Milk poured and then sugar bowl presented with tea spoon ready for action........more realignment of table mats and offers of assistance lifting items such as butter and toast. Now comes the really irritating bit........all three staff ...
... this group got here. I find it fascinating that Sri Lankan temples have Hindu gods guarding the portals. The Hindu gods look Persian and the statues of Buddha look "oriental" with fairly light skin and none of the religious figures look ethnically Sinhalese or even Indian. Our safari driver brakes for chipmunks. On one of our coconut stops, our driver struck up a conversation with the young girls working the stand. He found out that their ...
... the excellent internet research of VT member alza, who directed me to this wonderful blog,
all becomes clear. The 1668 date on the outside of the gate was
apparently put there by the Dutch and when the British took over they
were too gentlemanly to remove it but rather put their own royal coat of
arms above it, so now I know!
So, all that new knowledge (subsequently gained obviously) and we have just got through the gate!
... One story high with wooden pillars, a verandah and terracotta tiles. Little boutiques, artist houses and small luxury hotels were all crammed in amongst schools, temples, mosques, law courts and maritime museums. All this was surrounded by these huge Dutch walls and a clock tower to the north and a lighthouse of the south. I walked around enchanted. I had tea with a man of Moroccan descent, who was so interesting about the history of the fort and the tea of ...