Tintagel:Colombo, Sri Lanka

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An unplanned return visit here for lunch- delicious grilled avocado filled with with shrimp poached in a light sauce and then a small crab tart with chilie- on the way to the airport and our 24 hour journey back to NYC. Not only was this previously undiscovered restroom as tasteful and interesting, with its black and white swirled bowls, as the rest of the hotel, but the tiny container of burning incense in the lower left corner emitted the most amazing odor of ginger and clove and unknown scents. Yum.



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Jetwing Lighthouse: Galle, Sri Lank

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All western toilets here have a spray option next to them. This is by far the most luxe version I have seen. Even has a drain in the floor to keep allow the water to seep away. I now understand why so many of the toilets have had wet tiles. Nevertheless, I have been stumped as to how to dry off after spraying. Bring paper towels into the stall? I still don't have a good answer, but being poolside and already having a wet bottom, this became a lovely alternative to soggy toilet paper. (My friend suggested the sprayer was to clean the floor!).

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Road from Kandalama to Galle: Si Lanka

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Always fun to find a sign that I haven't seen before. Used Trip Advisor to find a place to stop for lunch and with only 3 choices in the area, we ended up with one of the best buffets of local food yet. New to the offerings were slightly crunchy okra, a terrific steamed cabbage and carrot and a fabulous curry with chicken legs. Also the best mango chutney ever. Skipped dinner !

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Heritance Kandalama: Kandalama, Sri Lanka

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Here in the heart of the jungle at an Eco lodge. Shades of the lodge on the Serengetti last winter with this tub where one soaks while looking out at the scenery. In this case jungle, mountains and a large lake. The cacophony of calls at dawn would rival rush hour in midtown Manhattan for volume.

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Train Station:Ella, Sri Lanka

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The quality and style of restrooms here varies widely. The one at the Ella Station was quite acceptable. It was reasonably clean and had a western and a 'Turkish'- the kind with foot holds and a hole for squatting over- offering. On our arrival in Eliya after a scenic two hour ride through the mountains with views of tea plants galore, several waterfalls and hugely varied vegetation, the rest room turned out to be a waiting room and the toilet was too filthy even for me. As we were leaving the platform, we discovered another toilet with a 'Foreigners' sign. "Ah", I thought. "This will be more like it". Alas I also had to make a hasty retreat from there and wait for the first stop our driver made. The best part of the ride might have been standing on the platform between cars with both doors open, enjoying the air, unobstructed scenery and photo ops while leaning out. Never in America would this be allowed.



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98 Acres: Ella, Sri Lanka

Up in the hills of tea country sits this eco friendly lodge with about 12 rooms in stacked units with 2 per house. Lots of windows, wood and stone. In fact all the faucets are stone and water flows as from a natural outcropping. We are misted by clouds much of the time. Women comb the mountainside with sacks held on their backs by a strap across the forehead. All quite magical.



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Tintagel:Colombo, Sri Lanka

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After one night in the 'King's Suite' I was moved next door and was instantly in love with the room. It was flooded with light from the door out to the large balcony, had a lacquered red bed frame, was cosy with a very comfortable stuffed arm chair and ottoman. Could have stayed for days. Oh.. The bathroom was pretty cool as well with its raised glass shower and stone surrounds.

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Colombo:Sri Lanka

Not all public toilets are decrepit. This one was top notch. Located on the grounds of what was once a hospital and is now filled with lovely shops and restaurants. A couple of short blocks away we threaded through a maze of local shopping streets all of them dusty in the 90 degree heat and overloaded with pedestrians, cars, merchandise and food carts.



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Colombo: Sri Lanka

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Greetings from a sunrise filled with the sounds of howling monkeys and loud bird calls. And this is in the capital city! Sorry not to send photos enroute. A bit out of practice with this. But here are the two huge contrasts of my first day. First shot from the luxury suite at the Tintgagel Hotel, a 10 room hotel which was the home of the first female prime minister not only of Sri Lanka, but in the world, and where Prince Charles and Camilla stayed last year and the restroom at the Colombo National Museum. More to come as travel with friends through this fascinating country.





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New England Art Trip: MA and NY

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Two cars and six bodies packed off to discover the art shows at the Clark Museum, Williams College, MASS MOCA, Storm King and DIA Beacon. The fall foliage was at its peak as was the art. Not going to dwell on the excess of good food and wine. Finally got to stay at The Porches and was not in the least disappointed. Storm King- sculpture park- is as amazing as ever, especially as enhanced by a private electric cart tour by the director. Two outstanding exhibits at MASS MoCA by Darren Waterston and Teresita Fernandez. (more…)

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