Last couple of days in Sri Lanka.

We are now on our last full day in Sri Lanka and we have enjoyed it so much. It has been a real surprise to me because I was expecting India. Sri Lanka is so much nicer, cleaner, friendlier and there is no pushing you into buying anything. The traffic is better as well but what is the most important thing that we noticed straight away is that there is no one begging or living on the streets! Or not many anyway.

Sri Lanka has been amazing, and I said to Stephen last night that we have to come back here!

The last couple of days in Sri Lanka have been amazing.

So relaxing and fun. There have been no tours or musts, just chilling and enjoying the resort.

We have been staying at Shangri-La and it was amazing. The most luxurious hotel on this trip and they had everything that we needed. They had everything from kid’s club to trapeze to an artist village attached to it where Henry could go and paint his own art.

It is a huge resort but the best thing with it was that we were nearly alone the whole time. It was in between seasons and there were not many tourists around. Most days we had one or two pools to ourselves.

Henry was desperate to go to kids club but there were no one else there so that wasn’t great but he still wanted to go every morning.  They took him swimming and he met another friend there so that was good.

Another fun thing they had was the trapeze! Henry loved it! He was up in it 4 times the first day and another 6 after that. It was pretty high up and to start with he had to climb a ladder that was probably about 5 meters high. Then he had to swing of the platform holding on to the trapeze bar and then let go when the man told him and land in the net. So brave, but he loved it! Stephen really enjoyed it a well and I tried it, but I think the whole resort heard me as I screamed like a little pig.

We had lovely meals and great fun in the pools with the slides.

They also had this little art village attached to it where you could see the artist work. And they were selling paintings, masks, wooden carving etc. They had one stall where the kids could come and paint their own art and then the artist would help them. So, Henry painted one elephant one day and then he wanted to go again because he had so much fun, so he went back, and he painted a peacock.  The artist took it very serious and he helped Henry with his strokes and getting the shapes right.

Next up is Dubai and then my friends we are going back to London.

Henry painting an elephant in the art studio.
Henry painting an elephant in the art studio.
One of our nights out. I've done this adventure with my very best friends. And the fact is that we are closer now than when we left if that is possible.
One of our nights out. I’ve done this adventure with my very best friends. And the fact is that we are closer now than when we left if that is possible.
Henry was loving the slides. Especially when they were all empty!
Henry was loving the slides. Especially when they were all empty!
With his peacock in the art studio.
With his peacock in the art studio.
Fishing boats out at sea.
Fishing boats out at sea.
We went to a turtle hatchery and under every sign there are eggs. They then wait for the eggs to hatch and take the turtles to the sea. If they were left on the beach the people would dig them up and eat the eggs.
We went to a turtle hatchery and under every sign there are eggs. They then wait for the eggs to hatch and take the turtles to the sea.
If they were left on the beach the people would dig them up and eat the eggs.
Surfing the waves. We have been carrying the body board around since Hawaii and not had great waves until now.
Surfing the waves. We have been carrying the body board around since Hawaii and not had great waves until now.
Beach huts.
Beach huts.
Henry loved the trapeze! He climbed up on the ladder and threw himself out.
Henry loved the trapeze! He climbed up on the ladder and threw himself out.
The men were really good, talking to him the whole time.
The men were really good, talking to him the whole time.
Stephen had a go as well.
Stephen had a go as well.
Henry
Henry
And me, but I wasn't as brave as the others.
And me, but I wasn’t as brave as the others.
Go Henry!
Go Henry!
Baby turtle. 12 days old.
Baby turtle. 10 days old.
Henry was excited he could hold these little ones.
Henry was excited he could hold these little ones.
A beautiful adult turtle.
A beautiful adult turtle.
Fishing boats.
Fishing boats.

 

 

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Climbing a mountain in Ella and finding leopards in Yala.

Leopard. This one walked right in front of us and then back into the jungle. The other jeeps chased after it but we told our driver to leave it alone. We saw it and that was amazing.
Leopard. This one walked right in front of us and then back into the jungle. The other jeeps chased after it but we told our driver to leave it alone. We saw it and that was amazing.

Ella was amazing! The sceneries were stunning. We stayed in a mountain resort opposite Little Adams Peak with tea plantations all around us and the views were amazing. One of the days we stayed there we decided to climb the peak. They said it was an easy climb, and they were right -ish. There were stairs all the way up, so you just had to walk the steps. But it was pretty hard going. It didn’t take us long and it was magical when you got up to the top.

Ella is a backpacker’s town with lots of café’s and restaurants, it was also livelier and busier than the places we have been to before.  Cool place though. From where we stayed you could watch the people picking tea leaves all day long and carry them on their back. It is a hard job but a job for life.

We are in Yala now which is a National park. It has been two great days here and we started off yesterday afternoon by going into the park with a jeep and a guide to spot some animals. There are approx..40 leopards living in the park and we manage not only to see two yesterday but one of them walked right in front of our car! It was incredible. The second one was asleep in a tree and still amazing to see.

We also saw wild boar, deer, ducks, crocodiles, mongoose, a jackal that was hunting the deer and that was so cool to see. We also saw hares, pelicans, storks, kingfishers, hornbills, peacocks, water buffaloes, a dung beetle (yes that was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen for real) and a few more birds that I don’t know the name of.

Today we left for the park at 5.30 in the morning to be there when the animals woke up and we managed to see one more leopard and also an elephant! There aren’t many of them in the park and they are not out to be seen often but we saw one up close today and we also saw two far away, but they were gone when we got there.

I have heard a lot of bad things about Yala, but we had a great driver that didn’t chase the animals, he gave them their space. A lot of the other drivers didn’t. He also went his own way rather than go where everyone else was. And he didn’t mind stopping to look at a dung beetle or a hare rather than only find leopards. So, I recommend going there but do it over two days tour rather than one day.

We came back to our hotel at 11 and have had the rest of the day to relax. Most of that time we have spent playing in the pool.

Sandra and I in front of a beautiful scenery.
Sandra and I in front of a beautiful scenery.
The views over one of the valleys.
The views over one of the valleys.
Ella
Ella
Ella
Ella
Our resort. It had tea plantation all around it.
Our resort. It had tea plantation all around it.
Up at the top of Little Adams Peak.
Up at the top of Little Adams Peak.
These people pick all the tea leaves by hand and carries them up the steep hills.
These people pick all the tea leaves by hand and carries them up the steep hills.
A waterfall on the way to Yala.
A waterfall on the way to Yala.
The Water Buffalos goes where they please and normally in the middle of the road.
The Water Buffalos goes where they please and normally in the middle of the road.
If it isn't tea plantations then it is rice fields as far as you can see.
If it isn’t tea plantations then it is rice fields as far as you can see.
Here we are, ready for our safari.
Here we are, ready for our safari.
Water Buffaloes.
Water Buffaloes.
Babbab! Henry was happy he found his best friend.
Babbab! Henry was happy he found his best friend.
A Painted Stork
A Painted Stork
Wild Boar.
Wild Boar.
Spotted Deer.
Spotted Deer.
On the second day we found a leopard sleeping in the tree and he woke up and yawned.
On the second day we found a leopard sleeping in the tree and he woke up and yawned.
Stephens favorite bird, Kingfisher.
Stephens favorite bird, Kingfisher.
These birds were all over the park. They are stunning.
These birds were all over the park. They are stunning.
We just missed two elephants. They were gone by the time we got there.
We just missed two elephants. They were gone by the time we got there.
We missed two but found this big elephant and it was right next to the jeep.
We missed two but found this big elephant and it was right next to the jeep.
Off it goes :)
Off it goes 🙂
This bird just loved the look of himself.
This bird just loved the look of himself.
Henry and our driver Pradeep.
Henry and our driver Pradeep.
Mongoose.
Mongoose.
Bee eater.
Bee eater.
Monitor lizzards. a male and a female.
Monitor lizzards. a male and a female.
These two Peakcocks where dacing and showing off their fethers to eachother. They also jumped at eachother trying to scare the other.
These two Peacocks where dancing and showing off their feathers to eachother. They also jumped at eachother trying to scare the other.

A dungbeetle. He was really cool, he rolled his ball across the road and then lost it. He found it pretty quick though.
A dung beetle. He was really cool, he rolled his ball across the road and then lost it. He found it pretty quick though.

Adventures with Nanny and Granddad in Sri Lanka.

The last couple of days we have had so much fun. We have climbed a mountain, been on an elephant safari, seen temples and walked around botanical gardens.

Henry is so happy having Nanny and Granddad here, he won’t leave their sides. He has been on his best behaviour and eaten and slept well since they arrived.

Two days ago, we had a busy day, we went to see the Sigiriya, The lions rock, in the morning and climbed all of the 1200 steps up it. It was really hard work, but we managed, Stephen and I went the extra 300 steps all the way up to the top while the rest waited and had a little rest. It was so hot as well but the views were amazing! You could see green jungle, mountains and a buddha popping up here and there.

After that we went for lunch and then had an Elephant safari. It was amazing! I don’t even know what to say. There were so many elephants, and so close as well. About 200 elephants were walking about, playing, swimming and even mating. We were there for a couple of hours just watching the elephants.  It was so much fun!

I recommend everyone to do that when you are in Sri Lanka.

Yesterday we drove up from Colombo to Kandy. We stopped half way and visited a spice garden/ shop. They showed us all their products and had a demonstration with all the creams etc.

Then the driver took us to our new hotel in Kandy and it is the best hotel we have stayed at so far!

The staff are so friendly and attentive that it brings a tear to my eye. They run around after us as soon as we are back from where we have been. And last night they made a special dinner for us outside in the garden with candle lights and everything. We happened to be the only guests yesterday, so they made a huge effort into making it special. There are only 9 rooms here and it is small and beautiful.

It is called the Kings Pavilion, so if you are ever in Kandy come here it is worth it.

 Today we have been out all day. We started of by going to a botanical garden that was huge. Lovely kept though with orchids and cactus. Then we went for some shopping and lunch. And after that we went to visit one of their Buddhist temples here. We finished the evening by going to a culture show. It dragged on a bit, but they finished it by walking on fire which was very cool.

We came “home” to our hotel and they all came running out asking about our day and they made us a lovely dinner. They even taught Henry and Nanny how to fold the napkins into different shapes.

 We have had so much fun these days I think that Sri Lanka is going to go by too fast. So far I love it but it does rain a lot!

Sigriya, The lions rock. We managed to climb all the way up to the top of it.
Sigiriya, The lions rock. We managed to climb all the way up to the top of it.
Sandra, Roger, Stephen, Henry and me.
Sandra, Roger, Stephen, Henry and me.
Halfway up.
Halfway up.

This way the entry, two lions paws and you walked into the mouth and on top was the Kings palace.
This way the entry, two lions paws and you walked into the mouth and on top was the Kings palace.
Sandra, Roger and Henry stopped at the lions feet and Stephen and I climbed the remaining 300 steps up to the top.
Sandra, Roger and Henry stopped at the lions feet and Stephen and I climbed the remaining 300 steps up to the top.
Yes, I made it.
Yes, I made it.
Litterally at the highest point.
Litterally at the highest point.
All the way down there is the road we walked up.
All the way down there is the road we walked up.
This is a giant squirrel. Who knew there were such a thing.
This is a giant squirrel. Who knew there were such a thing.
Elepant safari.
Elephant safari.

 

This is the spice garden stop we did. The showed different ways of using thir creams.
This is the spice garden stop we did. The showed different ways of using their creams.
Our pool here at the Kings Pavilion. Pretty cold.
Our pool here at the Kings Pavilion. Pretty cold.
Our candle lit dinner. It was so beautiful.
Our candle lit dinner. It was so beautiful.
The Kingfisher is Stephens favorite bird of all times
The Kingfisher is Stephens favourite bird of all times.
Henry and his granddad
Henry and his granddad.
These monkeys has the best hairstyles ever!
These monkeys have the best hairstyles ever!
The temple.
The temple.
The entertainment in the evening.
The entertainment in the evening.

From the city of KL to the Sri Lankan jungle.

 

They all knew that after 2 hours they went back.

We left Bali a couple of hours before the Volcano erupted! Yes we have great timing, we left the Caribbean’s weeks before the hurricane went over there as well. People are still stranded in Bali, personally it wouldn’t be the worst place in the world to get stuck.

Then we flew to KL straight into a house warming party at our friend’s house. And btw it was such a great party! We had four days there, and two in Malacca a city two hours away. There we went to a reptile farm, went around the city on a taxi bike, went to a big museum in an old ship and strolled along the streets. Lovely little place for a day or two.

Back in KL we managed to have a girl’s night out in a Hamman and the boys managed a day of golf. Both Stephen and I were sore for days!

This is in Malakka on our bike tour of the city.
This is in Malakka on our bike tour of the city.

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We found some canons.
We found some canons.
In the reptile farm we found some Emus.
In the reptile farm we found some Emus.
This is the "fastest" tortoise alive, he raced to the food went the keeper came over.
This is the “fastest” tortoise alive, he raced to the food went the keeper came over.
Henry wanted nanny to get these fish in her pond in the back garden.
Henry wanted nanny to get these fish in her pond in the back garden.
Heeeelp!
Heeeelp!

Yesterday we left KL and flew to Sri Lanka where we are spending two weeks with Nanny and Granddad! Stephens parents. Henry was so excited he did not know what to do with himself!

The flight was fine, going through security and passport control when we landed was the easiest thing we have done on this holiday, straight through!

Nanny and granddad waited at the hotel for us and Henry has not left their side since then.

Today we got in the car and went to see some elephants. We drove for about 2,5hours to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and we saw about 25 elephants swim and play in the river. It was magical. It is an orphanage, so the keepers take them down to the river twice a day. After that they walk through the streets back to their home.

We jumped in to the car and went further down the road to have an elephant ride, an elephant wash and then they said jump on to it’s back again and the elephant sprayed us with water! The funniest thing I have done!!! Oh Henry shrieked with laughter. Me and Stephen as well. Just to finish it off I fell in the water getting off the elephant, so I was wet all over.

On the way to the hotel we saw some wild elephants as well which was really nice to see , except it one had rubbish all over it’s back.

Magical day!

They all knew that after 2 hours they went back.
They all knew that after 2 hours they went back.
Down in the river.
Down in the river.
This is the elephants walking back up the road.
This is the elephants walking back up the road.
Henry and I on top a elephant, going for a little ride.
Henry and I on top a elephant, going for a little ride.

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Stephen with his mum, Sandra.
Stephen with his mum, Sandra.

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Stephen about the get water all over him
Stephen about the get water all over him
Henry loved this bit, keep shouting more and again!
Henry loved this bit, keep shouting more and again!
Here we go!
Here we go!

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Outside our restaurant was a man with some snakes. Stephen jumped out of his skin, Sandra ran into the bus , the bus driver ran behind us all and me and Henry watched him play with the snakes.
Outside our restaurant was a man with some snakes. Stephen jumped out of his skin, Sandra ran into the bus , the bus driver ran behind us all and me and Henry watched him play with the snakes.
And held them, not the cobra only the python.
And held them, not the cobra only the python.

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Wild elephant

Bali with friends.

Bali has been a surprise. I thought Bali was going to be more rural, green, rice fields as far as you could see and hippies.

But the Kuta area in Bali was lively, there were restaurants, shops, beach clubs and rice fields in one mixture.  

We were unlucky with the weather, i.e. it is the rainy season and it has rained from 3 pm every day. Really rained.

But we have had our friends here, so it has been great fun anyway!

We have been to the beach, Finns beach club, to restaurants, had boy’s night out and girl’s day shopping. Also played in the pools, played chase in the house, played Pictionary, we went on a day tour and saw rice fields, art, tried coffee and temples, been drinking wine, laughed! So much fun.  

And the best part is that we are seeing them all again tomorrow 😊

They all went home two days earlier than us, but we are staying with Pat and Kim tomorrow in KL, so we will see them all then.

Baby Cian was the cutest little baby around and Henry has been playing lots with Rohan as well.

They all left unfortunately feeling ill. All the men including all the little boys were sick the last night. I don’t know what it was, but they were all ill.

 The Wines family went to see some monkeys today at the monkey jungle. Great fun until it started to pour down!

 It is difficult to say if we will come back to Bali again because we have so many other wonderful places to compare with, like Fiji and Samoa, great islands and lots more to offer I think. But maybe we will come back, go to a different area and experience a different side of Bali.

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We had our own pool and that was great. We swam and played most days.
We had our own pool and that was great. We swam and played most days.
Just art along the way.
Just art along the way.
Henry was so happy to have someone to play with again. Both boys had so much fun.
Henry was so happy to have someone to play with again. Both boys had so much fun.
It is really difficult to get everyone to smile and look at the camera at one time, but here we are. Only baby Cian was asleep at the time.
It is really difficult to get everyone to smile and look at the camera at one time, but here we are. Only baby Cian was asleep at the time.
Team Wines right next to the rice fields.
Team Wines right next to the rice fields.
We went to a coffe plantation and tried differnt coffees , teas and also a hot chocolate.
We went to a coffee plantation and tried different coffees , teas and also a hot chocolate.
This to me is Bali. Rice fields opon rice fields.
This to me is Bali. Rice fields upon rice fields.

Two cheeky boys running after eachother all day long.
Two cheeky boys running after each other all day long.
The most important people in my life.
The most important people in my life.
Henry and I infront of a temple.
Henry and I in front of a temple.
We have no idea what was in the cave, but with this sign on the outside it couldn't be anything good.
We have no idea what was in the cave, but with this sign on the outside it couldn’t be anything good.

We went to La Laguna one night and it was beautiful.  Henry didn't feel very well so he was sick all over some poor flowers on the outside on the way out.
We went to La Laguna one night and it was beautiful.
Henry didn’t feel very well so he was sick all over some poor flowers on the outside on the way out.
This is Lukeman, the man who looks after the villa. He took Henry on a ride on his scooter, not so much because Henry wanted to but because he wanted to do something nice for Henry.
This is Lukman, the man who looks after the villa. He took Henry on a ride on his scooter, not so much because Henry wanted to but because he wanted to do something nice for Henry.
Monkey forest
Monkey forest

These babies are younger than 3 months and they are so cute!
These babies are younger than 3 months and they are so cute!
Just what every mother is feeling.. "just go to sleep please"
Just what every mother is feeling.. “just go to sleep please”

And some more rain....
And some more rain….