"In #SriLanka – in #Colombo with its carefully preserved heritage buildings and in the idyllic tea garden surroundings of #Kandy#Hatton and #NuwaraEliya , unspoilt by congestion and over-construction as Indian hill stations are – this mutual regard and respect for others is evident everywhere. At zebra crossings, vehicles give way to pedestrians without being forced to do so by police presence. No one pees on the street; free public loos are plentiful. The roads and pavements are innocent of garbage and potholes. Can all this be the result of a small thing like a #smile ? Or is the smile a result of all this? I don’t know. But I do know it is the best souvenir that any visitor can bring back from Lanka."
- A Smile From Sri Lanka by Jug Suraiya (2012)
The last leg of the train journey from Colombo to Ella. Leaving from Nanu Oya station, we snake slowly through tea terraces into the misty mountains. It's the ultimate contrast to a sweaty commute. Escape for a while; read about our extraordinary trip on the slow train to Hill Country. Link in bio #IslandInsider
The Hind Hotel, Wellingborough.
A 16th century, the pub was named for the arms of the Hatton family, who lived nearby. Christopher Hatton financed Sir Francis Drake's voyage around the world in the 'Pelican'. Halfway around the world, Drake renamed his ship 'The Golden Hind'.
Before the battle of Naseby, Cromwell & Fairfax gathered here to plan their strategy. A maid was caught listening & very soon after was found dead. Of course the place is haunted.