Sri Lanka – Galle and the Southern Coast

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Central Highlands From Ella, we descended the highlands to the southern plains, stopping for coconut water refreshments and a visit to an elephant orphanage (some just a few months old; could there be a cuter experience?). The role of Buddhism is ever-present, though Hinduism, Christianity and Islam are well-represented. “Old Galle” is enclosed by the Portuguese-Dutch fort dating …

Sri Lanka – Spices & Kandy

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Sri Lanka – Northern Monuments Kandy is hilly, with slopes covered by vivid green palms and other tropical plants. The town central feature is the lake. However, the botanical gardens are the must-see sight, with thousands of visitors including school children in uniform and families picnicking along with international visitors. During our tour we wanted to stay in …

Sri Lanka – Northern Monuments

Robin Boyle Indian & Sri Lankan, Photos: Food, Travel

Continued from Sri Lanka – Negombo Much of the ancient history of Sri Lanka is concentrated in the north, in particular at Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla. Some of the sites date from the 3rd century BC, with astounding quality and sophistication in the construction and carvings.   Buddism dominates the monuments and that may explain the ethereal atmosphere as …

Joël Robuchon – Paris Reflections

Robin Boyle Dinner, Dinner Party, Eggs, France, From the Archives, International Travel & Photos, Recipe

Joël Robuchon passed away on August 6, 2018. He is acknowledged as one of the greatest chefs of all time. Plenty has been written about him and we won’t add any more here except to say that we were fortunate enough to visit his Paris restaurant, Jamin, in 1992. Part of the letter confirming our booking is reproduced below. It …

A Church In Crisis – Scones, Jam And Cream!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cakes & Biscuits, General Interest, Photos: Food, Tamar, The Cottage

We have a meeting with some or our Windermere neighbours over scones, jam and cream. (Continued from: Soup and Golf ) The neighbours rally Windermere is a semi-rural settlement with houses on half-acre or bigger blocks spread out along the road. Now there are over 100 houses along the five kilometres from the highway along the edge of the Tamar …

USA & Canada – Seattle, Victoria & Vancouver!

Robin Boyle North American, Photos: Food, Travel

This continues on from Canada – Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara! We would have eight days in the western side of the continent, visiting Seattle, Victoria and Vancouver. The main reason for the visits was to catch up with others working with Rhonda on her piano keyboard project. But there would be plenty of time to look around. The Seattle, Victoria and …

Canada – Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara!

Robin Boyle North American, Photos: Food, Travel

This continues on from Canada – Quebec City & Montreal! Four of Canada’s largest cities are within eight hours drive of each other. Population estimates vary depending on what they attempt to measure, but estimates are as follows: Quebec City, around 0.7 million Montreal, 4.0 million Ottawa and environs, around 1.3 million Toronto, around 5.0 million However, there are many …