Royality at Tamarind Hill

Trip Start Nov 08, 2012
Trip End Dec 10, 2012

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Originally we planned to stay at two hotels in Galle. We had picked a small funky place in Galle Fort and a nicer place a bit out of the city proper named Tamarind Hill. After our first night in Galle at Tamarind Hill, we decided to cancel the funky place. The character of the Tamarind, an old Dutch mansion, and the attention we received there was too appealing. I felt like a queen! The fact that we were able to secure our lodging at 50% off didn't hurt one little bit either. 
From there we had a tuk-tuk to take us to Unawantuna, to an old museum, to antique and silk stores, to dinner at another Bawa Hotel. 

A highlight was an evening ride down the coast to meet-up with two Brits who are hard-core travelers and entrepreneurs whom we first  met in Kandy at Sweet Cinnamon. Sarah is an antique art dealer and the founder/editor of the Asian Art Newspaper. Janet has lived in Istanbul for twelve years and has had a number of interesting careers in her lifetime. Really fascinating, intellectual, worldly women. Recently they decided to go halves on a two year rental of a home on the beach south of Galle. They fly in and out of Columbo whenever they can to enjoy Sri Lanka. Their cook made us the most delicious fish dinner and we took care of a couple of bottles of wine. 

Since I have included some wedding photos at Tamarind, I should write a bit about the grandness of that ceremony in this country. Weddings are a HUGE deal, the life-savings of the parents kind of deal! Crazy. Having a large professional photo album must be a requirement as we observed photo shoots at the colonial hotels with a crew of three or more camera and lighting people. Often the wedding is not actually at the hotel but the photo sessions are set with these fancy backgrounds. The most elaborate of the weddings we saw was at the Galle Face Hotel in Columbo. Native dancers and drummers brought in the bride. Flowers everywhere, a dozen attendants and women guests in gorgeous, gorgeous saris.
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