Saturday, February 28, 2015

Afternoon tea with the Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte of Kandy in Sri Lanka, and a VIP visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic

Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte of Kandy

On Friday afternoon, in Sri Lanka, living a #Travelife, my friends and I went to the official residence of the Mayor of Kandy to have afternoon tea with him and his lovely wife.

Mayor Ratwatte comes from the most prominent political family in Kandy, and we were introduced by a friend of his father's, who happens to also be very prominent in politics and the academe.

KANDY: SRI LANKA'S CITY OF CULTURE



Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka, as well as the cultural capital of the country.

During our visit here, we stayed on a beautiful tea plantation about 90 minutes away from Kandy, and it was during this stay that Mayor Mahindra Ratwatte very kindly took time out from his busy schedule to invite us for afternoon tea in his home.

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HOUSE

The official residence of the mayor is a lovely heritage house located near the very centre of Kandy. It has beautiful grounds and the structure shows evidence of Sri Lankan design and also of British design.


Madame Ratwatte prepared a delicious afternoon tea spread for us, including slices of lovely chocolate cake and some Sri Lankan pies.

Of course, this was accompanied by famous Ceylon tea, which was very light, with a pure and smooth finish. I could have drunk cup after cup.

LEARNING MORE ABOUT SRI LANKA.
AND ABOUT MANILA, CEBU AND MADRID.


We were so happy to meet them both, and we had a very animated discussion on Sri Lankan culture, as well as on the Philippines.

As our group consisted of prominent ladies from Manila, Cebu and Madrid, they had many questions for us as well.

AFTERNOON TEA PARTIES IN
COLOMBO AND KANDY,
LIVING A TRAVELIFE

With Sri Lankan State Minister of Child Affairs
Rosy Senanayake
in Colombo last week

So on this trip to Sri Lanka, we met many interesting Sri Lankans.

In Colombo, we had afternoon tea with Madame Rosy Senanayake, the Sri Lankan State Minister of Child Affairs, while in Kandy, we met with Mayor Ratwatte and his wife.

A VIP VISIT TO
THE TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH RELIC


To top off a wonderful visit to Kandy, Mayor Ratwatte arranged a VIP visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which is the second most important Buddhist shrine in the world and Sri Lanka's most revered shrine.

There is always a very long line to enter this temple, so we were very lucky to enter the VIP way, as this is the shortest route.

The VIP entrance to the
Temple of the Tooth Relic

The Mayor also arranged for us to see a special performance of Kandyan songs and dances that left us mesmerized.

After this, we headed back to our lovely tea plantation for a relaxing dinner on just another wonderful day in Sri Lanka, living a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Afternoon tea in Colombo




On our first day in Colombo, living a #Travelife, we visited the lovely home of a big Sri Lankan businessman and his charming wife in Colombo's district 8.

They had invited us for afternoon tea, and they'd gathered a group of their friends in Colombo as well. So it had turned out to be one enjoyable afternoon, meeting wonderful people from another culture and another country.

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See you all at the Great British Festival
at Bonifacio High Street
this weekend


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A LOVELY HOME IN COLOMBO



The home was ever so lovely, full of heirloom antiques and interesting decor.

"You must love interior design," I said to the wife, as she took a moment to show me around and point out antique pieces that had been handed down to her from her mother-in-law.

She nodded happily.

A DELICIOUS AFTERNOON TEA



She was also an excellent hostess, as she had prepared such a lovely spread with the help of her cousin.

One of Sri Lanka's cabinet ministers also attended this afternoon tea, and what a small world it was that she had common friends with some members of our group.



WHAT A SMALL WORLD

In fact, one of her good friends in Manila was having dinner that same night with the husband of one of the ladies in our group.

That was certainly one wonderful afternoon in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful #Travelife.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

An al fresco lunch at a beautiful estate in Bentota, Sri Lanka



The other day in Sri Lanka, living a #Travelife, we drove for the day from Colombo to the seaside resort town of Bentota to visit a beautiful estate.

This estate, located amidst paddy fields and nature, known for its architecture and its natural setting.


This estate is quite hard to get to, so we actually had to leave our bus at a national road and take the equivalent of a safari jeep for about four kilometres to get to this estate.

But the troubles were worth it, as everyone was enchanted with the setting and with the design of the house.

SRI LANKAN CURRIES FOR LUNCH


I organized lunch in the gardens, so we had a very long and nicely done table for 13 set up under the trees.

This is where we had a wonderful assortment of Sri Lankan curries for lunch, living a never-endingly eventful Travelife.