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Leaving Scorpio Villas

On May 23rd, I left Scorpio villas by car heading for the airport of Mombasa. The trip took more or less three hours and during these boring hours I was thinking of all nice people I had met at Scorpio, the wonderful couple who own the place – Sara and Simone Mancini, their lovely children – Lorenzo, Luca and little Chiara, Anderson who was responsible for my bungalow, the man who looked after the pool and Andy the barman. Patrick Kalume from Aberdeen and Marian and Frank Swift from London. I will miss all of them.

 

 

Flying back to Europe

From Mombasa to Nairobi it took one hour to fly and then I had to sit at the airport in Nairobi for many hours to wait for the flight to Zurich, which took seven hours. Early in the morning on the 24th, I arrived in Switzerland and it was easy to find the terminal where I had to wait for the connection to Prague. That flight took one hour and at 9.30 I was in Prague.

It was in Prague we had started our voyage in December 2010 and it was in Prague that we finished the first five months of 2011.

 

Early morning, the 24th of May

We had booked a room in a hotel with the name Kampa, which is located in Kampa Park in the heart of Prague. I was very tired when I arrived and was therefore grateful when I was offered a room almost immediately so I could sleep because I had not slept at all during the flight, which took place during the night.

 

Kampa hotel has a lovely location in Kampa Park

When I woke up late in the afternoon Anders had arrived and he was sitting outside in the garden waiting for me to wake up and we had a couple of beers and discussed what to do during the week we were going to spend in Prague. The location of hotel Kampa is excellent, namely in Kampa park and the weather was lovely, warm and sunny and all flowers and trees were blossoming and the beer was as good as it always is in Prague. What more could we wish? Kampa Park enclosed here.

 

 

  

 

Holesovice market

Seven days pass quickly. We went to the market in Holesovice by tram because we had to buy a new luggage. After a lot of travelling two luggages had been completely worn out. We had a nice meal in an Asian restaurant at the market and we stayed there for a couple of hours. We also found a luggage that we both liked and at the airport on our way home we left the old luggage empty to somebody who wants it.

 

The pub “U Cerneho Vola”

A visit to the pub U Cerneho Vola is a must when in Prague so we took tram number 22 to get there. The pub is situated close to the Prague castle and to the Swedish Embassy. You can see a photo of us when we were sitting at the pub. I have written about this pub earlier in my blog.

 

 

Meeting a good friend

We also met our good friend Anna Cerna in Prague and we went with her to have lunch in a very nice restaurant in Kampa Park by the name of Nostitz and the food was really nice there. We had asparagus with hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon and thereafter we ordered hot raspberries with ice cream and we had a nice Czech wine with this lovely food and it was really fine to meet Anna again and to listen to what she had been doing during the last year and to hear about her four grandchildren – two boys and two girls – and her two daughters.

 

“Kachna” – duck and Apfelstrudel for lunch

Every day we went to different places like another pub by the name “U Pinkasu” at the Jungmannova square and we went to have lunch in a small restaurant close to Vaclavske Namesti. The restaurant has the same name as the street where it is located – “Provacnicka” and it is in the proper centre of Prague. They have lovely food there and we had “kachna” which is duck in Czech. It is served with red or white cabbage and most people have it with dumplings but we prefer potatoes. We had “Apfelstrudel” and coffee with cherry wine after the main dish and could hardly move from the table when we had finished our meal. The portions are very big and generous.

 

Malteske namesti is a beautiful square in Mala Strana

One day we went for a walk in Mala Strana around Malteske Namesti, which is a beautiful square with many small restaurants and cafés and another day we want to Namesti Republiky, and then we walked back to our hotel, which took us forty minutes or more. At the old town square it was hardly possible to walk because there were big groups of tourists who had come to Prague for sightseeing and all of them visit the same places so sometimes it is very crowded in the centre of the town and most of the time I try to avoid these herds of people because I have already visited the places they are visiting and I would never join a big group like that led by a guide anyhow. I would feel like a sheep led by a shepherd.

 

Back home the 30th of May

Time passes quickly when you are having a good time and soon it was Monday and time for us to go back home and in the evening of May 30th we landed at the airport of Copenhagen and then we took a train to Lund and came home at around seven. We were met by our grandchild Philippa who helped us to carry our luggage and for the first time in five months I slept in my own bed and enjoyed it. Our bed is big, cosy and comfortable.

 

The market place in Lund

The next morning I took out my bike and cycled to the market where I bought asparagus and strawberries and baby potatoes and then I cycled back home and cooked a lovely meal. I also bought heering, something we always miss when we are somewhere else. The heering we eat with raw onions and it is delicious, especially if it is served with sour creme. Now it is very nice weather here, warm and sunny and people are outside most of the time and enjoy the company of friends and relatives. It is nice to be able to cycle around in a green town with many parks and a nice market place where we can buy all the vegetables and fruits of the season.

 

Future travel – going to Berlin to meet a friend

We have found all our things and unpacked everything and are slowly adapting to this kind of life, but soon I shall be leaving for Berlin, where I am going to visit my friend Mechthild Flohr who lives in Potsdam and I am very much looking forward to meet her and will stay with her for a week. The distance from here to Berlin is only 300 kilometres so it takes less than an hour to arrive there by flight. In Potsdam I will visit a famous castle by the name of “Sans souci”, in German “Ohne Sorgen” and it was built by Federic II of Prussia in the 18th century during the period which is called “The enlightment”. Voltaire used to spend a lot of time at the court of Federic II and is supposed to have said that German is a language for soldiers and horses. However, I do not agree.

 

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The food in Scorpio Villas is mainly Italian except the breakfast

 

Do not come here if you want to loose weight…

Three meals are served here every day – breakfast from 8.00-10.30, lunch from 13.00-15.30 and dinner from 20.00-21.30. In the afternoon the guests can have free tea or coffee and cakes in a special place where they can sit comfortably and before dinner free wine and snacks are served and the guests can sit in very comfortable chairs next to the restaurant, and listen to music because an orchestra plays here every evening.

 

Mr. Simone Mancini is a brilliant chef

I have never eaten such good food as here outside the borders of Italy. Mr. Simone Mancini and his wife Sara are the owners of the place and Mr. Mancini seems to take great interest in the cooking and he is probably a brilliant chef, and he teaches the staff how to cook excellent Italian food and I do not think that any of the chefs here ever has been to Italy so therefore it is quite amazing to come to a restaurant in Kenya and eat such delicious Italian food.

 

Breakfast

The breakfast is abundant with everything you can wish, toasted bread, different kinds of Italian cheese, many kinds of jam, cakes, yoghurt, cereals with milk, porridge, bacon, baked beans and eggs according to your taste, boiled or fried or scrambled. Even pancakes are served and many kinds of fruit and juice. The coffee grows here and is therefore fresh and good.

 

Two buffets daily – pranzo e cena

Lunch and dinner are served as buffets but before you choose from the buffet you are served a starter – “antipasto” – in Italian – and the first plate – “primo piatto” in Italian. “Il primo piatto” is always pasta. There is a choice between two different kinds of pasta. The pasta could be different but it is always made in the kitchen here by some of the chefs, responsible for pasta. Sometimes it is gnocchi made of potatoes and sometimes it is tagliatelle, penne or some other type of pasta, but it is always delicious and fresh and the most important thing cooked “al dente” and the sauces served with the pasta are just fantastic.

 

The menu changes every day

The same dishes are never on the table for both lunch and dinner. The menu is changed every day even now when it is low season here and few guests because of the rains. It is raining every night and sometimes even in daytime.

 

Decent prices for wine

The menu is written in English and Italian and wine is served with the food and the wines are from different countries. I usually have wines from South Africa and it is not even expensive. White wine is always chilled and served by a special waiter who knows about wines. I usually have a wine by the name of Versus from South Africa and a bottle costs about 10 euro or 9 pounds or less than 100 Swedish crowns, about 75 and it is sufficient for two meals and is kept for you by the bar with the number of the bungalow written on the bottle.

 

Main courses – learn some Italian…

Here you can read about the main courses we can choose between in this paradise.

I am using a dinner menu, but the dishes change from day to day so this is just one example which shows what was served one special day of this month of May 2011.

 

Main courses

Piatti di carne – Meat
Arrosto di maiale
Scaloppina al limone
Coscio di agnello al forno
Sminuzzati di vitello al rosmarino
Pollo alla creola
Involtini primavera
Vitello tonnato

Piatti di pesce – Fish

Spiedini di pesce alla griglia
Filetto di white snap gratinato
Frittura di calamari

 

How much can you eat?

All these dishes are waiting for you at a big table and at another table you will find different kinds of salads with many different dressings, olives, olive oil and balsamico, fresh bread is also at the table as well as potatoes, rice and different kinds of vegetables. The starter will probably be a few small dishes like “Uovo al occhio di bue con asparagi”, “involtini de melanzane con prosciutto e patate”, “involtini di pollo” and “insalata creola”. After the antipasto – starter – you have had il primo piatto, which was the pasta and then finally you can ran to the buffet table to check if there is something you like there. It is not easy to choose I can assure you. You have seen what there can be above.

 

Desserts and prices

And finally you have a lot of cakes and tartes at one side of the table and other kinds of desserts which you can eat if you have any space left in your stomach and do not forget the different Italian cheeses and all the tropical fruits and the cup of coffee and the ice cream which is included in this dinner or lunch.

The price is 1200 Ks per person which is more or less 11 euro or 100 Swedish crowns or around 10 pounds. But if you live here during this rainy season and pay for a room and full board the price will be 4000 per day for one person and for half board it is 3500 for one. If you double the prices you will have the price for two of you. And 4000 KS is about 300 Swedish crowns, 32 euro or 30 pounds, but you can check the value of the shilling at the Internet to be sure.

 

Do you feel hungry after having read this text about the food from the region of Marche in Italy? 
Have a look at the web site www.scorpio-villas.com

 

Later on when I am back in reality photos to this article will be added.

 

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On April 25th we came to Malindi by flight from the island of Mandain the Lamu archipelago. A friend of ours, Babu, at Shella had recommended a hotel in Malindi where he usually stays when he has to go to the mainland.

 

Malindi is a place where many Italians live permanently and it is located about 120 kilometres north of Mombasa at the coast of the Indian Ocean. Many people here speak Italian which suits us perfectly.

The hotel where we stay you can find at the Internet. It is called “Scorpio villas” and the owners are from Italy. The place is really good. Around 47 bungalows there is a tropical garden with bougainvillea, flamboyant-trees, palms, hibiscus frangipani-trees and lots of other flowers and plants.

The bungalows consist of one room and a bathroom and a veranda. In every room there is a television with several channels and if you want you can be connected to the net.  

In the garden there are four pools with sea water and the beach is private and belongs to the hotel. It takes a couple of minutes to go there so what more can we wish.

 

 

 

 

There is a restaurant with Italian food where the guests have breakfast and if they want they can also have both lunch and dinner there and these meals, as well as the breakfast, are served like buffets and the food is something special with meat, fish and seafood, salads, tropical fresh fruit, yoghurt and different kinds of cakes.

Around the pools there are bars and the service is excellent. You imagine being in paradise. Every morning somebody comes to clean the rooms and the verandas. The hotel has also a laundry. If people do not want to leave the place they can easily spend all the time here.

 

Most of the guests are from the UK because a British travel agency, Cosmos, has a contract with the hotel so each week people come here to spend one, two or three weeks and they can choose between full board or half board or only B&B.

We have discovered that half board is excellent because then you can choose between lunch and dinner and both meals are served as buffets and the food is really good, the best we have eaten since we left Peponi restaurant in Shella. They have Italian cheese of different kinds, pasta, soups, sea food, fish and dishes like “vitello tonnato”, pollo al cacciatore”, scalopina and similar famous Italian dishes and they know how to cook it. With the food you can drink for example South African wines of different kinds and they are also very cheap.

 

In the evening people meet and get together for a drink and before dinner all guests are invited to have wine and snacks for free at one of the pools. I must say that I have changed my mind about “all inclusive” because here it is really functioning very well but that has probably to do with the high quality of food and the excellent service. More than hundred people work here.

 

After dinner an orchestra plays evergreens and those who feel like can dance. We have met very nice British people here, of whom most are from London and we have also met Patrick who you can see on the enclosed picture dressed like a chief. He is very funny and makes us laugh a lot every day. He has his family in Scotland where he lives and works but now he is here for holidays to visit his mother who lives in a traditional village not far from here.

 

Patrick, a new friend whom we have met here

 

As a conclusion I can say that I would recommend you to come to this place for holidays. It is really good and the British tourists pay around 400 pounds per week which includes flight fromLondon, transfer and half board and they are really happy as they find it very cheap.

 

Outside the hotel doors there are taxis which you can take and go to town if you need something there and to the airport of Mombasa it takes a little more than two hours from here by bus and the road is quite good, I think it is a good idea to consider spending your holidays here instead of in expensive places in Europe because the weather is very good here even if it is supposed to be winter now. Sometimes it rains but mostly during the night.

So this is all from Malindi for now because it is soon time for us to go to the pool and have our sun downers.

 

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