Asia

The Rock Fortress of Sigiriya

March 16, 2011 Andy 0

The rock fortress of Sigiriya dates back to 473 AD when Kasyapa, the illegitimate son of King Dhatusena of Anuradhapura, fearing invasion from his half brother, built the impregnable fortress and on its summit created […] […]

Food and drink

Mahón Gin

March 10, 2011 Andy 0

The English occupation of Menorca from 1713 to 1755 has left an eclectic legacy which includes the cultivation of apples, rearing of livestock, some rather nice Georgian style buildings and gin – to my mind, the best of the aforementioned. […]

Food and drink

The Best of Greek Cuisine, Mezes

March 5, 2011 Jack 0

One of the simple pleasures in life is indulging in a long, leisurely lunch of mezes in the delicious shade of a Greek taverna’s vine covered courtyard. […]

Asia

Riding the Galle to Bentota Bus

March 4, 2011 Andy 0

80,000 people live in Galle and most of them appeared to be at the bus station. The level of commotion and noise gave the impression that some major incident had just occurred […] […]

Asia

Surviving Sigiriya

March 4, 2011 Andy 0

“What are those tiny ledges cut into the face of the rock for?” I asked my guide.
“That is where the guards stood, Madam, and if the guard fell asleep, the rock would exact punishment.”
“What do you mean?”
“The guard simply fell to his death, Madam.”
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Europe

Hotel Port Mahón, Mahón

February 24, 2011 Andy 0

The Port Mahón is an ideal base for exploring the city and for trying some of the port restaurants and bars which lie at the foot of the headland, a 10 to 15 minute stroll away. […]