Christmas gingerbread has a distinct spicy aroma, and if you prepare a mixture of spices by yourself, this fragrance will be unique. Christmas for me is a time for meeting friends and family at the Christmas table, a Christmas tree with bright and shiny colours and the smell of spices. It’s time to prepare gingerbread, decorations for the Christmas tree, Christmas Eve dishes and waiting for the first star to appear.
The history of Ceylon tea has its close relationship with coffee and begins back in the 19th century. The father of tea brought to the island is a young Scot called James Taylor. The history of tea has its origins in China around 2700 years BC. Tea from China went to many Asian countries, and finally, also to Ceylon. When does the history of Ceylon tea begin? Apparently in the seventeenth
Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (Sri Dalada Maligawa) is the place where the most famous relic of the Buddha Tooth is located. Kandy is the second largest city in Sri Lanka, picturesquely situated among green hills, until 1815 the capital of the last Kingdom of Kandy. It has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Tooth Temple in Kandy is a part of a palace complex inhabited by
Nuwara Eliya is known among tourists as Little England of Sri anka. The discovery of Nuwara Eliya was associated with a unique climate, unlike the rest of Sri Lanka. On my table steaming a cup of black Ceylon tea, in the background is piano music, several people immersed in comfortable chairs relaxing in the atmosphere of this place. The elegant colonial interior of the Grand Hotel brings me back to the
Hindu wedding in Sri Lanka is a celebration very much related to religious tradition, extremely colourful and full of music. It is not just the act of uniting two people, but also their families and a large group of friends. The rites and rituals are firmly rooted in the religious tradition and refer to the divine pattern of an ideal marriage. Many of the rituals start just a few days before,
Picturesque hills, coated with mysterious mist, abounded in gently murmuring streams, rumbling waterfalls, lush forests, green tea lands and life-giving paddy fields, hides treasures, which have fascinated people since the beginning of time. Early in the morning, the narrow streets of a small town are filled with vendors and traders hurrying to the local stone market. Ratnapura, the city of gems is known for centuries because of the gems found in
Sigiriya – The Lion’s Rock, rock fortress has a history marred by intrigue, betrayal and bloody and violent death. It is the refined artistic vision of but one man. Abandoned and forgotten for a millennia, it is now inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. How did this extraordinary structure come into being? Let us go back to the 5th century AD. Seated on the throne of Anuradaphura’s capital is King
There are some places you should see in Trincomalee. Trincomalee is a city in north-eastern Sri Lanka and one of the world’s best natural harbours. Its strategic location was often used both in colonial times and during the World War II. Currently it is visited by an increasing number of tourists, due to its attractions: beautiful surrounding beaches, whale watching, diving, snorkelling and important historical sites. For me Trinko (as it is
Seeing elephants in Sri Lanka is one of our expectations when visit, especially when we are here for the first time and we look forward to this impatiently. This can happen along the road side or at a Buddhist temple. Elephants, as demonstrated by Buddhist tradition, take part in religious festivals, albeit wildly disputed. Elephants also carry tourists, what is increasingly being questioned around the world. An elephant in Dondra Temple.
Ceylon tea is one of the best teas in the world and it is made from the evergreen bushes of Camellia sinensis. Here are some interesting facts about the one of the most appreciated teas: With different manufacturing methods and the differential degree of oxidation obtained as follows: white, green, oolong and black tea. The three main types of Ceylon tea are: green tea (unfermented), oolong tea (partially fermented) and black