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Udawalawe Safari


The safari jeeps arrived in the late afternoon. We had travelled from Colombo that morning to the Udawalawe Safari Village Hotel, visiting the Elephant Transit Home en route and were looking forward to the game drive. Udawalawe National Park was established as the fifth national park of Sri Lanka in 1972. The total area of the Park is…

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Baby Elephant Walk


Human-Elephant conflict in Sri Lanka is serious. Of the estimated 4000 wild elephants in the country, up to 200 die each year from  gunshot injuries. Baby elephants are orphaned and many adult elephants are left maimed and suffering.   Located at the south-western corner of the Uda Walawe Reservoir, the Eth Athuru Sevana (ETH) was established…

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Road Deep South


It was my 8th week in Sri Lanka and I had just about recovered from a viral infection which left me with a troublesome cough and headaches. I was getting itchy feet again and wanted to visit the Deep South of the island with its national parks and pilgrim centres. I booked a three day…

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A Short Walk In Reims


This 2.5 km circular walk takes you to Place Drouet d’Erlon, Porte Mars, Museum of Surrender, The Market, the Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace   I first came to Reims in 1975 and was charmed. Since then, I have been a regular visitor to this lovely Champagne capital. I always stay at Hotel de la Paix,…

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Tasting At Joseph Perrier


We left Riquewhir after breakfast and drove to Chalons-en-Champagne on the N59. The road first snaked through valleys and forests with birds and squirrels and then the tunnel under the Vosges Mountains to emerge on the other side to a sunlit autumnal landscape. The 300 km journey took three and half hours. Just after Nancy,…