Category Archives: Hotel

Tintagel:Colombo, Sri Lanka

Also posted in Observations, Travel |

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

Also posted in Observations, Strange |

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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Heritance Kandalama: Kandalama, Sri Lanka

Also posted in Nature, Observations |

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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98 Acres: Ella, Sri Lanka

Also posted in Observations, Sightseeing |

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

Also posted in Museum, Travel |

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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Hotel Paisano:Marfa,TX

Also posted in Out & About, Travel |

Lucked out for a change and got what my friend and I are referring to as the Honeymoon Suite- spacious with two ceiling fans, 2 Queen beds and, best of all, two bathrooms. I love the efficiency of this little space with a shower consisting of a drain in the floor and shower curtain. I was able to prop my foot on the toilet to shave my legs. Perfect.

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La Mamounia:Marrakech,Morocco

Also posted in Observations, Sightseeing |

The sign outside says 'femmes' and the door is in the far side of a large intricately tiled fountain set in the wall of the hallway. All so wonderfully Moroccan. Sorry I did not have my phone yesterday as I went out to the Atlas Mountains with a pit stop at Richard Branson's magical resort Kasbah Tamadot. Check it out on line. You will be booking a flight immediately. Then had lunch at a private home in a small Berber village in the high Atlas Mountains. Wish I had photos to send.

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Four Seasons Hotel:Serengeti,Africa

Also posted in Nature, Travel |

This might have the best Feng shui as well as eye appeal of any bathroom I have been privileged to use. Certainly it has jumped to the top of my hotel list for this trip and possibly any I have taken. And just look at the view!



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