Enchanted Galle


We’ve now made our way from the wilds of Yala National Park to the antique town of Galle (pronounced Gawl). My exploration has primarily centered on the Fort area of the city which was built by the Dutch beginning in 1663. It is crammed full of little boutique shops, cafes, and hotels. The classic architecture melds with a tropical setting to create a most pleasant place to amble around the little streets. It is hot and humid however.

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Sunset from the walls of the Galle Fort

 

We’ve now made our way from the wilds of Yala National Park to the antique town of Galle (pronounced Gawl). My exploration has primarily centered on the Fort area of the city which was built by the Dutch beginning in 1663. It is crammed full of little boutique shops, cafes, and hotels. The classic architecture melds with a tropical setting to create a most pleasant place to amble around the little streets. It is hot and humid however.

 

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A typical street in Galle

We are staying in a beautiful and historic hotel that also dates from the 1600s.  Upon arrival the manager felt compelled to give us nearly the entire history of the building.  It was obvious he was truly proud of its restoration. It once served as an administration for the Dutch garrison that was stationed here.  Later, when the Dutch were routed by the British, they added the second story to the building. You can clearly see the difference in the architecture.

 

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Note the second story

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Galle Fort Hotel

I spent a leisurely morning strolling around the old fort area just snapping a few pictures and becoming totally drenched in sweat.  It seems everywhere I turned there were wedding couples conducting photo sessions.  Where I had the nerve, I snapped one for myself.

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Several religions seem to exist peacefully in Galle.  Here you see a small Buddhist shrine with St. Anne’s Christian church in the background.

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There is also a large Muslim population in Galle.  The mosque is near the hotel, and I heard the first call to prayer at 5:23am today.

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Don’t you wonder what he’s thinking about?

On the drive here we, of course, passed through several little towns on our four-hour drive.  In one of them (I forget the name now) we happened upon a little parade going down the main street.  Our driver said it was something to do with the schools, and it was most children and young people.

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These smiles greet you all over Sri Lanka!

 

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Best friends

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The Dutch Reform Church (circa 1640) and the tombstones in the churchyard. It being Sunday, a service was going on so I didn’t step inside.

 

 

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They are crazy about cricket here.  I watched for a long time and I still don’t get it.  I’m convinced I never will.

 


 

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