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Sri Lanka | Kandy, Hill Country, Tea Estates

We headed off from Colombo on the early morning train to Kandy.  Off to the beautiful, lush hill country!  The scenery was gorgeous!  A breath of fresh air in more ways than one.  It was amazing to see all the tea fields, plantations and vegetable gardens in the red soil.  Even at the highest point we got up to of 6560 feet.  The views were stunning as we winded along the highways.  Part of it we travelled in a tuktuk.  3 of us, with our bags, I thought it was a crazy idea but it turned out to be a lot of fun and we could see the scenery really well from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya.  There were some waterfalls along the road and others plummeting at a distance.  We saw how quickly the waterways fill up getting caught in a major downpour – thankfully we were travelling in a van by then!

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While in Kandy, we visited the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage.

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Bible Rock is the flat topped mountain in the hazey background.

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The air temperature changed drastically when we reached Nuwara Eliya, we only spent a few hours before heading on to Balangoda to visit special friends.

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Sri Lanka is one of the highest tea producing and exporting countries in the world.  It was neat to see huge tea estates, tea pickers out in the fields and we toured a couple tea factories.  Seeing the whole process from wilting, rolling, drying, sifting, color separating to bagging.

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Sri Lanka adventures travel photography Pearl of the Indian Ocean Ceylon tea terraced hillside Nuwara Eliya mountain scenery Nuwara Eliya area tea plantation tea leaves photo
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Can’t beat a home cooked meal, especially when prepared by the great hosts in this home!

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Once again there was beautiful scenery travelling to Kataragama, near the gates of Yala National Park.  Less traffic, no longer English on many signs and rice paddies when we were out of the hill country.

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I have one more blog post to come next week of our travels in Sri Lanka!

Sri Lanka | Colombo and the Southcoast

I thought I could narrow it down to share my favorites in a single post but we packed a lot into our time in Sri Lanka so there will be another to come.  This beautiful, interesting country is a relatively small but quite densely populated island southeast of India.  When you think about it being 1/10th the size of Saskatchewan with 23,000,000 people that is so different than we are used to in our spacious country!  You can imagine the bumper to bumper traffic in the cities!  It shows their wonderful and friendly personalities as they are very considerate, patient drivers.  There is a lot of natural beauty and diverse landscapes from the pristine coastline to the lush hill country and national parks.  There is Indian influence as well as Portuguese, Dutch and English from time spent under those country’s control.  As they say it is an island of magical proportions, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, it has much to entice and captivate!!

We spent this first part of our trip travelling with my parents and an uncle so we were in good company and it’s fun to share these memories with them!

We started off in Colombo after 30 hours of travel at an elegant, historic hotel that is seafront.  The Galle Face Hotel was built in 1864 and is a beautiful colonial hotel.  It’s in a great location to walk along the Galle Face Greens and explore the city.

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The intricate details inside a Buddhist temple.

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The pineapple is particularly delicious, this is saying a lot being someone who would often pass it up!

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Then we headed off south on the expressway past rice paddies, cinnamon plantations and tea estates to the south coast of the island to explore Galle and we stayed at Unawatuna Beach.

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In all our travels we have not seen as many seemingly stray dogs as there were here.

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We spent an afternoon walking around the Galle Fort, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the old city within these stone walls.  Many of the buildings have been converted into shops, cafes, hotels and museums.  It’s a very interesting area.

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We caught a bit of the action of a cricket match.

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Many restaurants along the coast have a fish + seafood market that you choose which fish you want, pay by weight and then they barbecue it.

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On our way back towards Colombo we stayed a nite at Bentota.  It was a cloudy afternoon to be at the beach but it has a long stretch of beautiful sandy beach.  Then we hired a boat and went on a river safari which we were all really glad we did.  It was neat to see life along the river’s edge, we went thru a mangrove forest and when heading back enjoyed the stunning sunset – and watched as bats circled overhead!

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We rented this lovely villa for the nite before heading back to Colombo.

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26 February 2015 - 9:02 am

daysha - Love those tuk tuks!!!! im gonna own one someday. ; )

Sri Lanka | Preview

Our hearts are filled to the brim with wonderful memories from our travels to Sri Lanka.  If you are considering going…..go!!  There is so much to see and experiences.  I will share more coming up!

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Sri Lanka travel photography mountain views tea estate Ceylon tea plantation lush scenery tea picker photo
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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.  There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

17 February 2015 - 2:49 pm

Shauna - Looks pretty awesome!! Absolutely need that palm tree and boat pic for my wall :) Amazing pictures as always sis xo

16 February 2015 - 9:42 pm

Nona - Wow!! These are gorgeous – love the variety you have shared of this country!!

12 February 2015 - 10:48 am

daysha - Absolutely love the roads on the hills! and Mama picking tea. So beautiful. the boats are so cool! glad you had such a great time there!

Yuriy family | Holiday session

I love when my clients have cute, fun ideas like this one!  This lovely mom was in the swing of holiday baking and her son is a great little helper that is always in the kitchen with her.  There might have been a little more mess than planned for but it sure made for a lot of fun!!  It was a perfect way to send sweet holiday wishes to their families and friends!

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Tribune Saskatchewan family lifestyle photographer family holiday baking photo session kitchenaid stand mixer Pampered Chef family photography baking mess photo
Tribune Saskatchewan family lifestyle photographer family holiday baking photo session kitchenaid stand mixer Pampered Chef family photography baking mess photo
Tribune Saskatchewan family lifestyle photographer family holiday baking photo session kitchenaid stand mixer Pampered Chef family photography fun baking mess photo
Tribune Saskatchewan family lifestyle photographer family holiday baking photo session kitchenaid stand mixer Pampered Chef family photography kid helping in kitchen baking mess photo
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Tribune Saskatchewan family lifestyle photographer family winter photo session outdoor family photography photo

Bailey sells Pampered Chef as well as some delicious spices and dip mixes so it was also fitting with her business.  Here’s a link for more information.  If you’re interested in hosting a party, she makes it really fun and gets everyone involved in the kitchen.  Cooking and baking, and of course the best part – all the sampling!

17 February 2015 - 2:51 pm

Shauna - Agree.. very creative, cute family & fun Holiday photos :)

16 January 2015 - 10:35 am

Daysha - these are priceless! What a cute family session. Great ideas Bailey!

Happy 2015!

Happy new year!

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There is something about starting into a new year that is exciting, refreshing and inspiring.  Making plans and setting goals to keep on track for a fulfilling year.  Embracing the changes, growth and improvements that will come with an open mind and open heart.  Knowing there may be challenges and disappointments but keeping a positive and grateful attitude.  Knowing they also help us grow, push ourselves and learn.  There is so much potential for the upcoming 365 days!

Welcome 2015!  Wishing you all a beautiful year!!