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Friday, 20 May 2016

Galle, Sri Lanka


Travelling onto Gaul we stopped to take photos of the famous stilt fisherman casting their lines from the traditional poles – it a method that’s unique to the country and makes for some striking pictures!


Galle is only about a hour away from Mirissa but had such a different feel – the colonial port town was hot and sticky – every though the city is by the sea.
The city is home to a World Heritage listed Dutch fort which has extensive walls with many interesting old buildings.



Before heading out to explore I grabbed some lunch at Crepe-ology which was delicious – I had a mint & lime ice blend and split a nutty avocado chicken salad plus tuna mayo wrap.



The town itself reminded me a bit of Paraty, Brazil with its cobbled streets and cute little lanes filled with cafes, shops and ice-cream stands. Read my blogs from my visit to Paraty here and here.


Walking through the old city you can see the Dutch and Portuguese influence as well as the churches and ramparts. 



Galle is currently being rejuvenated with many of the old 16th century buildings being renovated and converted into boutique hotels and restaurants. The city (as well as nearby Mirissa) was very damaged by the December 2004 Tsunami and there is still project work going on to repair the lives and homes of thousands of people in the area.




 
It was a very hot day with a surprising lack of breeze so I felt very entitled to a second cool drink, this time opting for a passionfruit and blackcurrant blend!


I felt sorry for all the animals sweltering in the heat:


 
As the day drew to a close we wandered along the edge of the historical fort and watched the sunset form the ramparts.





We tucked into a delicious seafood platter at the Rampart Hotel / Restaurant.



Before heading back to our 250 year old Dutch villa in the fort to sleep.

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