I took a bus down with an ex-housemate (Jay, a local who now resides in Colombo) which cost around Rs.470 per-person and it only took an hour to get here on the new highway. And mind you the bus is actually really comfortable and air-conditioned too! So much for reading the Lonely Planet guide… it needs an update.
Cafe's and Restaurants here are beautiful! The interior is amazing! All the one's I've stepped into have timber elements combined with amazing colorful fabric that is just… pleasant to the eyes.
The food is also superb and as always the tea selection is just phenomenal. After all, Sri Lanka is known for its teas. So in the spirit of travel, I've given up coffee on this trip (lets see how long I last without it).
Going further into the Fort, as it was the weekend, it was filled with tourist and locals a like, taking in the sea breeze and some even playing a game of cricket.
As I passed the Magistrate's Court, which hardly look like a court, more like a little house, I came across an antique shop. It's more of someone's home turned into a mini museum/shop (which is common here as your business is attached to your home).
Streets of Galle…
Water sports here are pretty popular so hiring a kayak and snorkeling is something you can do. In the fashion of a typically beach bum, I sat under a shade, had my drink and just took in the view. Peddlers are common along the beach, some selling fabrics, bracelets to even postcards. The prices are fair and inexpensive compared to the shops along the street.
Somewhere between a cross road, I came across Uncle Mike. A street peddler who is ever so sweet and just simply wonderful. He knew my friend hence he was giving me prices that was cheaper than usual, was what I though. But that wasn't the case…a couple was enquiring prices of some jewelry and he gave them the same prices as he gave me and he even held up a board with all the prices on the different items on them. He doesn't over charge like most who are prying for tourist to pay more. He even gave both of us a friendship band and a lil ivory elephant, stating 'money isn't everything, people mean more and also friendship'. He's such a sweetheart.
Next destination, inland. Ancient cities of Sirigiya & Anuradhapura.