Pink Saturday in Sri Lanka...

Today's post is brought to us via Kendalee of Dance of a Painted Lady... she emailed me wonderful information and photos... so I will let this VIRTUAL trip to Sri Lanka be told in her own words... PINK wording is mine, the rest is ALL Kendalee... here are her dancing feet in the sands of Sri Lanka...

The Reason for why I've chosen Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, it's hard to summarise.

I've always loved islands and there's something very special about those in the Indian Ocean. Perhaps because they were on the main trade routes between Europe and the East they enjoyed such diverse cultural influences, which are still reflected in the places they are today - Mauritius, Madagascar, Zanzibar, the Seychelles... All places that reflect this and that I have been lucky enough to visit.

And then last year I travelled to Sri Lanka. The teardrop shaped tropical island just south-east of the Indian sub-continent, know for it's incredible cultural history, vast bio-diversity and tumultuous political climate, is somewhere I've long wanted to visit.

My two week trip was memorable for so many reasons - marking a milestone in my interior life; great quality time with my mother (a very special someone); my first visit (of many I hope) to one of the most interesting, culturally rich and naturally beautiful places on the planet; Buddhist & Hindu temples and festivals; elephants in the wild; unspoiled beaches on the Indian Ocean; eco-tourism at its best; meeting lovely people - other travelers as well as locals; Ayurvedic massage; spiced chai, the finest black and green teas, and ginger beer; great food - especially the fresh seafood and exotic fruits...

Rice and curry is the national dish and Sri Lankans enjoy some of the spiciest foods in the world - a mixture of Indian and Malaysian, influenced by the European colonials. Sliced onions, green chilies, black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, and saffron are used to add flavour. Most of the food is vegetarian but meat, fish and shellfish are eaten too, often prepared as curries, often using Ayurvedic principles. A variety of small curry dishes are all served and then mixed on the plate with rice to be eaten with the fingers. Delicious, complex flavours! Rice and curry used to be eaten as breakfast but now it's more likely to be had at lunchtime.
Of course, there's also LOTS of delicious tropical fruit - coconut, passion fruit, papaya, mango, durian, rambutan and something I'd never tasted before called a wood apple. All made into juices.

I could go on and on. :) Let's just say, we ate & drank well. Very well!

Fifi says, THANK YOU to Kendalee for your story... NOW... please tell us about your photographs.

Kandy house... the gardens - appropriately lush... (Fifi painted them from Kendalee's photo)...
Beautiful Villa hotel designed by Bawa where we stayed. His style incorporates many open courtyards and water features. They serve complimentary tea and cake on the lawns at 4pm every afternoon... Delicious! ...
The courtyard as seen from the reception area... (Fifi painted via Kendalee's photo)
This is the most amazing eco-hotel - with an open library overlooking a watering hole on the one side (where amazing bird life and even an elephant or two can be seen) and a lotus pond courtyard on the other. How can one not feel relaxed in surroundings like these?

Beasts of burden and held in much affection, elephants are still central to Sri Lankan life. They are adorned in festivals and treated with respect.
Club Villa Beach... unspoilt beaches and tropical waters - bliss...
Ranweli... traditional fishing boat. Still widely used off Sri Lankan shores...
Kandy Temple... the holiest Buddhist site in the country - home of the holiest relics and incredibly beautiful wooden inner temple building...
Sigirya Rock... amazing fortress palace build on top of this rock - and entire royal household lived on top of it. There's even a huge bathing pool dug into the rock itself... And the view is breathtaking... Polannaruwa... Buddha in the temple, Hindu style gods on the front of the steps... One of hundreds of orchids to be seen in the magnificent botanical gardens in Kandy...
These are said to resemble the traditional Kandy dancers who wear big pantaloons and elaborate head-dresses and they do! Can't see anything else when I look at them now... One of the Frangipani that the Villa is named after. A less common colour, the deep pink. Smells just as lovely as the white and yellow varieties! (Fifi painted these from one of Kendalee's photos)...
And let's not forget the tea... Tea Highlands... Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was know under colonialism... Still one of the biggest producers of fine black tea in the world...
There was nothing about the experience that I didn't enjoy. It is a magical, beautiful place and I have some amazing memories to savour until I am able to visit again.... And that's it really.

If you'd like to look up some more about the country, this link has the basic info about all the main attractions on the island. http://www.srilankatourism.org/attactions.php

Fifi says THANK YOU! THANK YOU! to Kendalee for a GREAT VIRTUAL trip to Sri Lanka. What make it even more special for moi... is that you took the trip with your mother... and welllllll... this was my way of taking my mother virtually on a trip for her birthday today!

NOW... let's pop over and visit Beverly of How Sweet the Sound to see what all the PINK girls are up to on this PINK Saturday... come along... let's have some FUN!

44 comments:

Simple Answer said...

Wow! What a beautiful place, and Fifi, you captured it beautifully!

Anairam said...

Beautiful trip - experienced vicariously! Thank you Fifi and Kenda Lee!

Rue said...

Good morning Fifi :)

What an interesting place! Thank you to Kendalee for sharing it with us. Your paintings are beautiful as always Fifi.

Happy Birthday to your mom!!

hugs,
rue

Joyce said...

Fifi- a wonderful and sweet post! Many thanks to Kendalee and you! Have a golden one my friend. xoxo

Paul Anater said...

Wow. What a beautiful place. You captured it perfectly Fifi. Thanks!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

What a gorgeous place. Thanks to you both for sharing it and with your Mom today too. Love the paintings. I have to come back and spend some time here later. :))

TRES BELLE said...

Oh Fifi,

Please wish your mom a "Happy Birthday" from me to her! I love the pink flowers you painted. Great tour!

Kris

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh Boy...a big thank you to Kendalee too....and to your beautiful Fifi interpretations.
Gorgeous for this lazy Saturday morn!!

Susan said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

Susan

Ivy Lane said...

Thanks for the virtual trip! I wonder if people rub the Buddha's belly for good luck there..or simply pray to him..??? Looks like a very interesting country to visit. My mom dreams of going to Africa someday...

Happy Birthday to your Mom!!!

gina said...

Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

KayEllen said...

Looks like an amazing trip FIFI!!!
I have a passion beaches too!
This looks amazing!

Your art is always inspiring!
Thankyou for sharing with us all!!!

smiles,
kayellen

G. Bloom said...

Absolutely beautiful !Thanks for such such amazing pictures and drawings! Happy Pink Saturday.
Gina

amariaf2000 said...

Beautiful! I have been to southeast India - Chennai/Madras and Pondicherry, and this gave me many memories! Thanks for sharing!
~angela

Beverly said...

Many thanks to both of you for this delightful trip. What an incredibly beautiful place.

Happy Pink Saturday.

ann said...

Wowow.This is awesome.And man have you made me hungry.That food looks delish.Happy birthday to your mom...Ann

Smilingsal said...

Thank you for making such a trip possible. Happy Pink Saturday!

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

The virtual tour was fun, very interesting place. I must say the food looks good to, especially spicy foods. Your paintings are great too!...Nice talent!

Jennie said...

Very pretty paintings! Happy Birthday to your mom!

Couture Carrie said...

Hey FF! Glad my edible-look post inspired you! You might find more fab pics here:
http://fashionmoment.blogspot.com/

(one of my new fave blogs!)

xoxox,
CC

P.S. Love this virtual tour and your renderings of the foliage!

Muffy said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MAMA FLOWERS!!!

Elizabeth said...

What an interesting and beautiful tour! Your artwork bring a new perspective on the photos.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Looks like a very unusual and exotic place! Thanks for the informative post!

Deanna said...

Hi Fifi!
Wow, it was like watching the National Geographic channel. I love to be educated about places I've never been. What a wonderful post! Thank you so much. I really enjoyed it. Thank you Kendalee!

Have a great Pink Saturday!
Deanna :D

kendalee said...

Fifi, thank you, what fun this has been! You made it all the more special an adventure by turning some of the photographs into your beautiful paintings!!! ♥

I hope you and your mom had as much fun visiting Sri Lanka virtually as my mother and I did... Happy, happy Birthday Fifi's Mom!

Shelia said...

Hi Fifiness, oh what a wonderful trip you took us on! I loved it. Your paintings are just wonderful.
Now Chloe Dawn is getting the big head by you saying you could paint her picture. Fifiness, she is already spoiled enough! lol
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Maya@Completely-Coastal said...

Thanks so much for this. It's a part of the world I know very little about (well have been in South India once, but that's it)..., a beautiful place indeed.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This was a fabulous Pink Saturday post FiFi! Sri Lanka seems so lush and exotic...it's a dream to be able to experience it through Kendalee.

Happy birthday to you Mom!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Hugs, Pat

Blondie's Journal said...

Happy birthday to your Mom!!!!

What a great tour of a beautiful Island I really knew nothing about until now. And as always your painting add so much to your posts!

Happy Pink Saturday Fifi & thanks for your visit to mine! :-)

xoxo
Jane

CC said...

What a lovely post..and your beautiful paintings...Just wonderful. happy Pink Saturday and have a lovely week.

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Happy Pink Saturday! What a lovely
place. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for coming by. Please come back again and visit and enter my 50th Post Giveaway.

Hugs :)

Irma

Jen r. said...

It sounds wonderful! I wish I was there!

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful trip!! Thanks for sharing. Love the paintings!!!!

Happy Pink Saturday!

Stephanie
P.S. Thanks for stopping by!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What an intresting, informative post! Oh how I would love to stay in that hotel...it's a beautiful place! Happy Pink Day!

Olive Rue said...

Those are so beautiful, Fifi. You always do such a great job capturing the real place.

Callie Grayson said...

what a great virtual getaway! thank you!!! much needed in my busy weekend of packing and house searching.
beautiful. will now be on my list of places I need to visit in my life time:)

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Loved your post. What a awesome place. The tour was fantastic.

michelle said...

I can see you found allot of inspiratioin in her photos!

Beautiful paintings! I love the orchids.

I find it's the one thing that keeps me busy when I travel alone. And, it typically strikes up conversation.

Thanks!

KatCollects said...

I love all of the beautiful pictures, thank you so much for sharing them with us.
Kathy

Megan Coyle said...

What beautiful photos, and your illustrations really have captured the beauty of Sri Lanka. Wonderful!

Jillian said...

Such vivid pink in those flowers! Very very nice!

windycorner said...

Thanks for the lovely little vaca....I prefer Ceylon, don't you? Something very romantic sounding about it.

debbie said...

BONJOUR MADAMOISELLE FIFI,
I KNOW VERY LITTLE FRENCH...MY DREAM IS TO GO TO PARIS
THANK YOU FOR TAKING ME AND ALL THE WOMEN ON THIS BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE AND YOUR PAINTINGS ARE WONDERFUL
HAPPY PINK SATURDAY
THANK YOU....THANK YOU...
WONDERFUL
BLESSINGS
debbie

Nimesh said...

Hi,

I want to enjoy elephant watching in srilanka.
I have found that there are a lot of places where you can go for elephant watching...
I want a package to be arranged.
help me out
nimesh@ymail.com

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