I’m back from my holiday, feeling rested and happy, if slightly pink around the nose from making the most of the sunshine on my last day.
What a wonderful couple of weeks. My boyfriend and I stayed first in Columbo, Sri Lanka where my friend was getting married at the beautiful Galle Face hotel, right on the sea front. It’s a colonial-style building which I can just imagine being the setting for an Agatha Christie mystery. Sitting on the veranda, looking past swaying palm trees to the shimmering sea, I enjoyed sipping a gin and tonic or a king coconut and crunching on hot, salted cashew nuts. When the wind picks up and the sea becomes stormy, the atmosphere is a little spooky, like something Daphne DuMaurier would pen a story about.
And of course, being a bookaholic, I checked the hotel’s ‘Distinguished Overseas Visitors’ list for authors and noticed a couple of literary types – Edward Lear and George Bernard Shaw (Pygmalion is one of my favourite plays!).
I also visited the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnewela for the second time. When I went to Sri Lanka a couple of years back it was one of my favourite experiences. I missed out a bit this time as I was feeling a slightly unwell, but still had a fab view of the elephants washing themselves and playing in the river. It never ceases to amaze me how sociable these animals are and how tender they are with the little elephants.
On our last evening I took a walk with my boyfriend along the promenade outside the hotel where people were flying colourful kites, eating from the food stalls and school kids were chasing waves.
The perfect setting for an elegant wedding and an exotic break away from the day to day of London life.
Our second week was spent in Phuket, Thailand. We mostly enjoying eating, lolling around at our hotel, running out to the beach in between tropical rain showers and I caught up on my reading!
Ah… back to the real world!
I’ll be posting reviews of my holiday reads, once I get settled back into the swing of the things. In the meantime, anyone want to hazard a guess at how many books I finished reading on my trip?