Galle the Dutch fort and a world heritage site.
Trip Start Oct 03, 2009
86Trip End Feb 28, 2010
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A kindly tuk tuk driver took me on a little walking tour of the narrow strees. We passed shops that had been in the family for generations. Some were selling silver and precious stones for whcih Sri Lanka is famous. Jewellery making is a speciality and there were some very nice pieces but all outside my price range. After a while we arrived at a little stall in the back streets
There were several very old buildings which in their time must have been very nice. Obviously the wealthy would have lived here. On the fort walls were several places where there were gun placements but I have no idea of the full history of this place.The Dutch were the original builders of the fort and there is a Dutch church dating from 1754. I stayed in a former Dutch villa
By the former main gate is a clocktower which features in the photos of this town. From that part of the fortifications its possible to look down on the international cricket ground which is across the road. I can imagine that on match days the old walls would be packed with non paying spectators. I watched a match between 2 public schools and was impressed by the standard of cricket . No wonder Sri Lanka were world champions not so long ago
From the old railway station I took a train north to the ' cultural triangle ' of Sri Lanka. Anuradhapura is the former old capital which is only 300 kms away but it took the train all day to reach it. I got a 2nd class ticket but no seat allocation so it was a free for all when the train arrived.. The seats were hard and it was hot inside. The small ceiling fans were largely ineffective. Every time we came to a station several a venders got on to entice us with their goods. One could eat very cheaply ( if you had the money ) and need not go hungry. r cW
There is a lot to see in Anuradhapura and I will need a guide