Our big summer holiday trip last year was to Sri Lanka (with a stop-over in Dubai on the way home); we were away for 18 nights, so it was a lovely long break.
DC is quite the well-travelled young man; he settled in as soon as we boarded and we barely heard a peep out of him for the entire flight. It was quite a treat flying on the Emirates A380, a huge plane with very roomy seats (even in Economy) and such spacious toilets! The other great thing about flying in a monster plane is that you barely feel the turbulence.
After a 6-ish hour flight we had a short stop-off in Dubai airport before changing planes and flying onwards for another 4 hours to Colombo. Although our flights were both absolutely fine, it was still great to arrive!
We stayed in the Hilton Residences and had a huge suite with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and lounge-dining room - way too big for the three of us, but we weren't going to complain as it was a bargain when we booked it several months earlier. This was the view from the balcony. Not exactly picturesque in the foreground but certainly interesting and expansive, and with the sea in the distance.
There was a great pool at the hotel which the boys took advantage of almost as soon as we got there
and which we all enjoyed for a good part of the following day.
We had two nights in Colombo; we didn't really do any sight-seeing as hubby and I have been there before and, to be honest, there aren't masses of 'sights' to speak of. Instead we spent time recovering from the flight in and around the pool and we visited our favourite restaurants, cafes and shops - if you ever find yourself in Colombo I would absolutely recommend a meal at the Paradise Road Gallery Cafe; the food is absolutely fantastic. We ate there three times in total during our visit to Sri Lanka and each time the food was superb. They also have a lovely little shop on site which sells some gorgeous bits and bobs.
After our two nights in Colombo it was time to hop on the train down the coast to Galle. Did I mention we were 'backpacking'? We're not fans of package holidays, we'd much rather travel around and find different places to stay under our own steam, thus giving us the option to move on if we don't like somewhere, or stay on if we like it.
We headed off to Sigirya, and along the way we stopped at the Pinnewalla Elephant Orphanage where DC got to feed a bottle of milk to one of the little babies.
You can see Sigirya in the centre of the photo below - not a bad view from the end of a swimming pool.
before flying to Dubai early the next morning.