Galle – a fortified town

Galle is a historic walled city, a UNESCO world heritage site and a one hour bus ride from Mirissa – this made it the perfect location for a day trip!  We arrived in the heat of the day, and after a walk around the ramparts decided to take a tuk tuk around the town to…

Relaxing on Mirissa Beach

The south coast of Sri Lanka has some stunning beaches – we decided to stay at Mirissa, known for being one of the more chilled out beaches.  We booked rooms at a beautiful hotel where each morning we could have breakfast under the palm trees, looking at the ocean and the nearby island – such…

On Safari in Sri Lanka

We had planned a visit to Tissamaharama to do a safari to Yala national park to see leopards, and had booked accommodation accordingly.  We were rather dismayed to learn on arrival in Sri Lanka that the whole park was closed in September but decided to go to Tissa anyway and try a different park.  We…

A train ride through tea country

We took a train from Kandy high into the hills to Nuwara Eliya, which was a beautiful trip with lots of views of tea plantations along the way.  We travelled third class as all of the other seats were taken and it turned out to be perfectly comfortable and with far better views than the…

Hill climbing in Sri Lanka

We decided to hire a driver to visit the sites of Dambulla and Sigrinya, as they were just far enough away that taking buses would have made for a stressful day.  Our first stop was Dambulla, where we climbed a hill and saw the famous cave temples.  There are five different temples perched on the top…

A day in Kandy

We travelled to Kandy by train – we were in the first class coach, but didn’t have a particularly impressive view.  Kandy itself was lovely – it’s a small town beside a man made lake.  We spent a day exploring Kandy – our first stop was the Temple of the Tooth, where a tooth supposedly…

Arrival in Sri Lanka

We spent two fantastic weeks in Sri Lanka with my (Karen) mother Julie.  Our flights landed a few hours apart, so Reuben and I were able to arrive and settle in before meeting Mum at the airport. We stayed at an airbnb place in Negombo, which I would recommend as it is only 10km from…

The Mighty Matterhorn

We took a train from Milan to Switzerland, changing to get to our final destination – Zermatt. When we arrived it was grey and cloudy, with beautiful snow everywhere – Zermatt looked like a fairytale village!We walked down from our hostel and had cakes and coffee at a local cafe.  That night after dinner Lynette,…

A little visit to Milan

We only had a day and a half in Milan, so we tried to make the most of our time.  We arrived on a Sunday and went to see “The Last Supper”.  This fresco is the original da Vinci painting of the Last Supper – Julie had booked this for us weeks ago as it…

An amazing gondola ride

On our second day in Venice we went to the Rialto bridge (pictured above) and markets. (You can’t really see the graffiti that unfortunately covered the bridge!)  Here we strolled, looking at the shops and stalls, before going by water bus to the island of Murano, where Murano glass comes from.  Here we saw a…