Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 Grand World Voyage, Day 75, Colombo, Sri Lanka (Part 2 of 2)

Sail-in photos this morning was compromised by a slight problem with my camera so I had to rely on my I-Phone for some early morning pictures. I overcame the camera glitch and left the ship with Ann and Cathy. With no definite plans for the day except a list of sites we wanted to visit, we negotiated a taxi for six hours and off we went. Leaving the port we passed the clock tower and many British built colonial buildings. Our first stop was in one of the oldest regions in Colombo...where we visited my Colombo favorite, the Manning Market...this is a working wholesale market...with men carrying heavy loads of produce on their absolute hive of activity. Next, we went deeper into the Pettah district taking us away from the typical tourist hotspots...along the way we explored the lively street stalls that sell everything from vegetables and clothing to electronics to spices. Colombo is a diverse multi-religious City with many temples, mosques and a first for me we visited the Captain’s Garden Temple, an over 400 year old Hindu temple. Next, we made our way to Viharamahadevi Park for a brief stop and time to see the cobras. Our tour continued to Independence Square and to the Laksala state run store to buys some Sri Lankan souvenirs...then our driver took me to a camera store to buy a monopod. The day continued with a stop at Beira Lake and the Gangara Buddhist Temple. A visit to Colombo would not be complete without a drive down the Galle Face Promenade that stretches for a quarter mile along the coastline, the area is the city’s financial, government and commercial heart. Our last stop before returning to the ship was the Old Dutch Hospital complex for shopping. Since my last visit, Colombo has rapidly changed, with new skyscrapers rising where old buildings once stood...the new Lotus Tower should be open by my next visit. We had a very relaxing and pleasant time in Colombo.