Sri Lanka – Colombo

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

Continued from Galle Colombo has the typical features of large Asian cities: the traffic, street sellers mixed in between grand buildings, the smells, the throngs on the sidewalks… Estimates of the number of people vary but it seems there are around 2 million in the greater Colombo area. The Sri Lankan capital has its fair share of religious and memorial …

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 …

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 …

Canada – Three Recipe Ideas!

Robin Boyle Fish & Seafood, North American, Photos: Food, Travel

This continues on from Canada – Maritime Provinces! We had spent 11 days in the Maritime Provinces. It is worth a detour if you are fanatical about fresh seafood. We had excellent examples of lobster, clams, mussels and local fishes (mainly halibut and haddock). We came across three interesting recipes to try when we were back home. Pasta with Preserved …