We needed a little rest today after our safari yesterday so it was back to our beach, pool, swim up bar routine with panko prawns for lunch by the pool.
In the afternoon we decided to go and explore a bit locally so we caught the boat across the river and came across two tuk tuk drivers to take us up town. We hit the jackpot with Thissa and Lahiru. Although Leo loved the idea of being surrounded by us three ladies each day he was getting sick of behaving himself and was starting to crave some male company. No one had ever laughed at Leo's jokes like Thissa did so today was the beginning of the bromance.
Us girls liked the tuk tuk drivers as well because the first place they took us to was the jewelry shops. I didn't realize Sri Lanka was famous for precious and semi precious stones and was blown away by how beautiful they all were. I usually don't really see much jewelry I love but we all did well. Luckily Leo loves to bargain as it seemed we were forever calling on Poppa to bargain for the three of us. Rubies, sapphires and moonstones were included in the haul.
We were treated like royalty in the jewelry shops, one of the shop attendants even telling me I looked like a Swedish Princess. (Haha how smooth are these Sri Lankan men) We were given a tour out the back where the jewelry was made and I got a lesson in how to sort diamonds.
If that wasn't good enough Thissa then took us to the beach for dinner. The waiter put a table right down near the water's edge, cooked us fresh fish, lobster, prawns and rice and we sat back and watched the beautiful sunset. It was right about this time that we all started wondering what we were doing living in China.
We wanted to explore Galle today as it is filled with history so Thissa convinced us that the best way would be to go in the tuk tuks so that we could go the 70 kilometres along the beach.
It was hard to imagine the devastating tsunami of 2004 hitting this peaceful place.
First stop was the turtle rescue and hatchery.
We then stopped and went in a boat and snorkeled off an island. We saw lots of lovely fish but it was pretty rough so it was another case of us all turning a little green.
The view at lunch made us feel a little better though.
It was then on to Galle which is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city was founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century.
On the way home Thissa took us to a herbal medicine spice garden which was interesting and we all got a massage to fix our aches and pains from bouncing along in the tuk tuk all day.
It was then dinner at the resort, more beautiful seafood then the best sleep ever.
TO BE CONTINUED.....