Friday, 29 March 2013


When we arrived in our suite to which we had been upgraded thanks to a bit of confusion on the internet booking, we found lots of space including a sitting area with 2 sofas and a coffee table.  On the table was a very smart pot, empty till I put into it the single rose in a vase which cluttered up our bathroom shelf.  This rose was replaced eventually with this magnificent bunch of bird of paradise flowers.  I was very excited to have more sketching opportunities and decided to draw them after dinner in the evening when Bob was a bit slow on his turn at scrabble!
Another of the hotel buildings with an interesting wooden balcony.
On our first morning as we came down to breakfast in the dining room I could hear some music playing and found that it was this charming lady playing her violin near the door to the garden so everybody eating inside and out could hear her.  She was very flamboyant with her red hair and bright clothes and scarves and played almost every day a mixture of classical and traditional tunes.  I had a joke one day with a German gentleman about  the Eine Kleine Nacht music she was playing!
The breakfast buffet was as spectacular as the dinner with all kinds of breads and pastries, meats, cheeses, cereals, eggs and other hot things and the best array of fruit I've ever seen.  Bob tried a few different combinations and discovered some delicious bread which needed 4 passses through the toaster to go brown.  I had a dinner plate full of fresh fruit and a bowl of yogurt with honey, occasionally washed down with a bucks fizz! It was strange in the morning to hear the popping of wine corks but it was the only time it was free!!  We had a charming waitress called Vera who looked after us very well, remembering our tea preferences and our wine in the evening.  She spoke perfect English and we had lots of interesting conversations.  When we left we exchanged teabags, I gave her some Lady Grey and she gave me some Peruvian 'Menta con Muna,' a delicious mint tea.