The historic settlement of Galle is also one of the largest towns on the Sri Lankan south coast, and
is famous for its fortified centre, Galle Fort. Developed by the Portuguese then subsequently the
Dutch, the town's fortunes took a turn for the worse when it was struck by the Boxing Day tsunami in
2004, perhaps the toughest onslaught the old walls had stood against.
I took a day trip to Galle from where I was staying in nearby Unawatuna, to explore the fort. Whilst
the walls are undoubtedly impressive, I was slightly disappointed to find the fort itself to be quite
empty of people, and in some places, buildings. It was an interesting wander all the same, and
I found a very interesting arts and crafts shop, the products of which now adorn my mantlepiece back