Sri Lanka
Point de Galle

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  • Day3

    Galle Fort

    March 11, 2017 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    While I was checking in our new guest, I found out that Lu was travelling alone, so we decided to see the Fort together. We had a nice walk around it, and saw many different and interesting things such as a Dutch-built and an Anglican church, a mosque, a lighthouse, a small but very nice beach, and many many more.. ⛪️🕌🏖We even met a monkey, and tasted rambutan which I actually really like! So weird knowing the fact that it's a fruit haha 😁Read more

  • Day8

    Dutch Fort @ Galle

    October 27, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Jetzt sind wir wieder am Pazifik angekommen und zwar in der Stadt Galle. Sie gehört zu den "World Heritage Site" aufgrund des "Durch Fort". Die von den Holländern gebaute Festungsanlage wurde nach deren Besiedlung durch Briten während deren Kolonialzeit genutzt und gestaltet. So findet man auch heute noch holländische Bauten und Englische. Das fort hat auch dem Tsunami 2004 stattgehalten und alles hinter sich geschützt. Ganz anders direkt nebenan. Das lokale Stadion nebenan war zum Beispiel komplett zerstört.Read more

  • Day20

    Galle

    December 11, 2016 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    Deze morgend rijden we weer met onze zelfmoordscooterkes richting Galle. Hier bevind zich een gezellig dorpje omringt door grote burcht-muren, fort Galle. Leuke fijne souvenirswinkeltjes en snuisterijen maar het is echt te warm om te blijven rondkuieren. We rijden dan maar naar jungle beach! Een heel mooi strandje in een baaike. Echter is het zondag en het zat er dan ook overvol sri lankaanse families... de sfeer van een idyllische postkaart was dan ook ver zoek en we zijn dan maar doorgereden naar unawatuna beach want Lexi viel ver van haare sus. Plonske gedaan in de oceaan, gegeten en wat verder gereden naar habaraduwa. Hier zou een turtlefarm moeten zijn maar het ziet er maar zeer "vervallen" uit en heeft zen glorietijd wel gehad. We beslissen dan maar om wat over het strand te kuieren terwijl de zon ondergaat. Het horen van de golven die breken en het zien van een vuurbol die stilaan wegzakt, we gaan het zeker missen! In onze guesthouse plonsen we nog in ons zwembad en brengen savonds de scooters terug. Morgen is het helaas onze laatste dag... :( Het zal lui lekker niks doen zijn aan het strand want we vertrekken pas om twee uur snachts! Slaap lekker.Read more

  • Day35

    Re-planning

    May 23, 2018 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Hüt simmer vu eusem Resort in Bentota uf Galle gfahre, es charmants Fort-Städtli im Süde. Da hemmer eigentlich welle ga Wrack-Tauche, doch...
    Zitat usem Telefonat vum Fredi mit dr Tauchschuel:
    "Could we go wreck diving tomorrow?"
    "No."
    "But you have wrecks."
    "Yes, I know we have wrecks. But in this season you won't be able to even see your pressure gauge..."
    Somit hemmer de gester ufgstellt Plan numal messe ufe Chopf stelle und fahred somit relativ gli mal in Nordoste.
    Bis denn gniessemer aber es sehr härzigs und farbefrohs Guesthouse. S Städtli isch vunere Stadtmuur direkt am Meer gsümt, leider bi dem Wetter nid allzu malerisch, derfür isch de Wind guet zum Drache-fliege und Blödsinn mache geignet. Churz bevor mer verregnet worde sind, hemmer nu es schöns Kaffee mit grüenem Innehof entdeckt, ideal für en churzi Stärkig und es obligats Uno.
    Da sowohl Fredi als au Sämy ihri churze Hose i de Schwiz vergesse hend und da i dr tropisch Hitz fascht verlaufed, simmer per TukTuk (ja, zviete in eim!) ind Neustadt fahre und hend imene Allware-Lade euses Shorts-Glück gsuecht - und tatsächlich gfunde!
    Etz erfreued mer eus abem AC in eusne Zimmer, warted bis de Rege ufhört und mached eus na ufd Suechi nacheme scharfe Curry.
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  • Day388

    Galle Fort

    September 8, 2016 in Sri Lanka ⋅ 🌫 22 °C

    Galle was de belangrijkste havenstad in de tijd van de Nederlandse overheersing (17e en 18e eeuw). Er is nog veel te zien uit deze tijd: een indrukwekkend fort gebouwd door de Nederlanders in 1663, een Nederlandse gereformeerde kerk en koloniaal aandoende huizen.

    Galle fort is behoorlijk toeristisch maar het is leuk om er een middagje rond te lopen. We wandelen over de muren van het fort, blijven staan kijken bij het zoveelste potje cricket, bewonderen de vele prachtig uitgedoste bruidsparen die hier hun trouwfoto's schieten, zien van een afstandje hoe een Sri Lankaanse videoclip wordt opgenomen, en hebben lol als we de foto's die mijn zus en haar vriend eerder op deze plek maakten tot op de millimeter proberen na te maken.
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  • Day13

    Galle

    December 3, 2019 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Wir sind gut in Galle angekommen. Am Bahnhof war natürlich total viel los mit tausenden von TukTuk‘s. Wir sind dann direkt in die Altstadt. Super viele kleine Läden und Restaurants. Und später mit Uber zurück, genial.Read more

  • Day22

    Hikkaduwa to Galle

    December 4, 2016 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ☀️ -6 °C

    We left Colombo by a morning train and whilst we were waiting for our train to arrive we had our first taste of Sri Lankan public transport. It was 8am so lots of people were arriving on commuter trains for their work day - picture a full train car then add another 50 people, then ask a few to hang onto the sides. Thankfully our train was quieter and in 2nd class (of 3) there are comfy-ish leather seats and fans. By the time the journey was under way it was cool enough with the breeze sweeping through the open windows.
    Hikkaduwa was our next stop and, much like a lot of beach/sea front towns, it's set around the main road that runs one building back from the beach. Our guesthouse was over the road from there, a mere 50 paces from the beach. We also decided to try a non-AC room which was sticky but ok!
    During the 2004 Tsunami Hikkaduwa was very badly hit, including a train carrying 1300 people who all died as the train line is less than 100m from the sea. Given this we visited a memorial and photo museum which was harrowing and sad, including talking to our Tuk Tuk driver who lost his mother and sister. It's important to remember the devastation and Hikkaduwa does this appropriately. We also visited a turtle sanctuary, a local delicacy is turtle eggs so to avoid this they collect them from the beach, incubate them and then when they're healthy they're released to the sea. Even with this intervention only 1 of 100 survive to adulthood. The sanctuary was small but incredible as they let you hold the turtles, so that was the absolute highlight of the day! We had hoped to swim with wild ones off the beach as coral was only 50m from the beach but we weren't lucky enough to do that, but the swim in the sea was still so good to cool off and the sun setting into the sea was beautiful!
    The following morning we took another train the short ride to Galle where we planned two days to explore the area and see what warranted UNESCO to consider this a protected area. On Saturday afternoon we took a tour by tuk tuk to Koggala beach where, along with another 10 miles or so, there are the famous stilt fishermen plying their trade. For a small charge (by UK standards) of 1500 rupees they allow you to photograph them and have a go yourself, which Beth did! After gracefully climbing to the perch she seemed very comfortable and was promptly given her fishing line, including a fish! It was a really fun experience for her and something very well photographed!
    Our next stop was to a Japanesee built Buddhist temple perched on top of a hill overlooking Unawatuna beach (a backpacker hang-out cresecent shaped bay) and we would have also had a great view of Galle Fort and the surrouding ocean however by this time it had gone completely dark so we couldn't see a thing other than the 100 year old lighthouse - still going strong! It also made for a 'fun' drive to and from the temple as the road was barely wide enough for one tuk tuk, yet one parked and two driving next ot each other was still experienced!
    It was while we were enjoying the serenity of the peace pagoda and looking out at the lights of the fort that we chatted more to our driver, to which he revealed that he had lost his father during the tsunami and he personally was the only survivor of a hotel staff team of 10 at the time, only because he climbed a coconut tree. It's becoming more and more emotional as we meet people who've been so affected by the tsunami - it seems everyone has been...
    Before arriving in Galle we had ummed and arred about whether to stay there or at Unawatuna, and when we went for dinner that evening we realised we'd made the right choice to stay in the Fort as the block-paved alleyways were all lit up by fairy lights and we found a rooftop restaurant to serve us fresh curries.
    Sunday was a day to explore the fort itself. We're struggling more and more with the heat during the middle of the day so were up early and exploring the Dutch and Portuguese built fort before 9am. The whole town is filled with incredibly well restored and preserved colonial era buildings such as the Clock Tower, Lighthouse and Governor's House and Officers Quarters. Whilst almost all the buildings are privately owned (inculding some VERY plush boutique hotels!) just walking around the streets was a brilliant experience. In the evening a thunderstorm arrived which pushed us inside to Indian Hut (Pizza Hut logo rip-off - brilliant!) for a delicious curry and naan. Just as we arrived back at our hotel the thunderstorm knocked out the power to the entire Fort area which was quite an experience and while it didn't really phase us, or the locals for that matter, thankfully the outage didn't last too long.

    Phil
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  • Day5

    Galle, Sri Lanka

    October 4, 2016 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    A ver o por do sol, uma fracesa saltou um murinho de 10 centímetros e torceu o tornozelo, fui ajudar mais outro tipo. Bom eu não fiz muito fui chamar o namorado dela, ele pelos vistos estuda fisioterapia e tentou perceber se era grave, acabou por dizer que não era grande coisa, mas teria que ir a correr para uma farmácia que estaria quase a fechar para comprar anti inflamatório e cenas. Ficamos a falar, era jogador na seleção, trabalhava para o governo e estudava fisioterapia. Bom uma coisa é certa, ou eles são todos muito polivalentes pela pobreza, ou são todos um pouco mentirosos. O facto é que quando contam as histórias deles, mostram sempre os cartões com as fotografias a comprovar.Read more

  • Day5

    Galle, Sri Lanka

    October 4, 2016 in Sri Lanka ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Ele acabou por me dizer onde deveria jantar, e propôs beber uma cerveja do Sri Lanka depois. Veio ter comigo e fomos comprar cerveja ao super mercado, achei uma fortuna, 5 euros 4 cervejas.
    No restaurante serviram me 5 especialidades de caril, delicioso.
    O sitio onde fomos beber as cervejas era brutal, não deu para tirar fotos porque estava escuro, mas imagina estares no muro de um forte com o mar à frente cheio de rochas, com umas luzes ao lado de palmeiras do lado esquerdo. O vento soprava o suficiente para não ser desagradável, a lua não estava cheia mas a noite não era escura o suficiente para não veres o mar.
    Ele acabou por me deixar no hostel na motinha dele e eu a comer um pastel qualquer.
    A senhora do hostel ficou preocupada, não dormiu até eu chegar, eram 10 da noite.
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