Saturday, 30 March 2013

SRI LANKA-GALLE 18-19mar2013

We flew into Sri Lanka for a 12 day trip.at the airport we met by our driver,Chintatah.we had prebooked vehicle and driver.for same cost as cheapest car,we booked a 6 seater van,so plenty of room.as traffic and roads are chaotic,we also got a driver.nonlocals rarely drive in sri lanka.-
After paperwork,phone card and ipad topup,we were off ,south to Galle.there we drove into the old dutch fort &founf a cheap quaint hotel in an old dutch building.we had time for a late afternoon walk along the 400 year old massive walls along ocean edge- most impressive.watched a film being made on bastion rampart,then found a cafe with views over walls,terracotta rooves,old white mosque and thw white lighthouse- sri lankan curry and lion lager,the sri lankan beer- all very nice.we are impresed with sri lanka already.
Up at sunset for early morning walk,along more fort walls,then out of fort,along foreshore,to fishing port.so many really colourful fishing boats.had breakfast and teas at their canteen with a friendlly local.
After lunch we went to maritime museum-in a large old dutch warehouse with massivee walls...Enjoyable strolling around inside fort- good atmosphere- 400 buidings- houses,hotels,galleries,shops,schools,businesses,churches,restaurants,cafes.

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