Welcome to Colombo, Sri Lanka! Notice all the “vender” stalls on the quay. Barbara is salivating!
Our pilot’s dramatic arrival.
The following description is taken from our excursion brochure.
Depart the quayside by coach to Galle to admire rich landscapes and explore the relaxing ambience of Galle Fort.
Potty stop at a modern rest area revealed families taking their rest and lunch in the shade of a giant billboard.
Flowers can be found everywhere, even at this rest stop!
First up is Galle— a thriving port since long before colonial times. The Old Town is one of the best examples of a fortified city built by the Europeans in southern and Southeast Asia. It attracted Arabs, Persians, Romans and Greeks on their way across the Indian Ocean. Notice the narrow streets, old churches, cloistered courtyards and shuttered mansions bearing witness to a colonial past of considerable comfort. There are several museums here, as well as the Dutch Reformed Church and the lively Arab Quarter. In 1505, the Portuguese attacked and settled in the town, 135 years later ceding it to the Dutch, who built the famous Galle Fort. This remarkable structure, which you will visit today, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The bastions at Galle!
And flowers and seascapes.
And of course – fishing boats.
Looks like the Portuguese were here, as well as the Tuk Tuks.
After what seems like walking for miles we were taken to a fabulous resort/hotel for lunch at their restaurant.