|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.
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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|
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.