Morning coffee made by Sam the Man.
A view from our balcony to the right ...
... and to the left.
Each room had a notice posted to keep balcony doors closed as monkeys will find their way in and wreck havoc. I made sure to keep ours closed.
But some people don't always heed the warnings. The lady in this room closed her door just in time as this little guy was trying to pry it all the way open. There were two monkeys just a couple of doors down -- as I was watching, one was sitting on the railing drinking a Sprite and the other one rushed through the doorway. I'm not sure what happened after that as I went off to enjoy breakfast.
I always try the foods of the region so every morning I had traditional curries for breakfast. The Sri Lankans have rice with breakfast, lunch and dinner. I love spicy foods and everything I tried certainly fit the bill nicely!
Our first stop of the day was to walk across a suspension bridge which freaked Zack out.
This is our very nice tour guide with Yusef.
The views in either direction were just gorgeous.
Next stop was the National Botanical Gardens. What a beautiful place it was! Sam decided since it was my birthday, I should pose over and over again, in front of every sort of flora and fauna imaginable.
Aim a camera at me, and I immediately say CHEESE! There aren't many pictures of the kids on this trip. At the ages of 11 and 14, they don't enjoy posing for the camera.
Zack wanted to climb every tree which was, of course, not allowed. Some trees there were planted hundreds of years ago. Each one had a marker that stated who planted it -- kings and queens and presidents from long ago.
This one was more recent -- 1976.
I had never seen a cinnamon tree before. When you scratch the bark, it smells divine! Imagine they cut all this up to make lovely cinnamon sticks.
Yusef found a "fairy" ...
And Zack got his wish. Towards the end of the garden tour, we finally let him climb a tree -- but only if we could take his picture.
There's so much more from the garden to share, plus the afternoon of my birthday, but this post is already getting way too long, so I will bid you farewell for now. Peace & blessings, Tammy