So we got into Colombo early in the morning on Thursday. J had a family friend who lived in Colombo, so he let us use his house (he was on a trip). It was this great 2 bedroom home with super high ceilings...and we had 24 hour secruity outside the gate and a chef to make us breakfast...talk about living the good life.
breakfast of eggs, fresh fruit, toast and sri lankan coffee
our chef and a view of the dining room
So for the duration of the trip, J's friend helped us hire a great driver who ended up costing us each only about $100! He took us on a driving tour of the capital city...and to some great shopping points! Here is a sample of some of the things we drove past...
a giant statue of a phone?
cool looking temple
Galle Face Hotel: Oldest hotel east of the Suez...or as I would like to the Raffles of Sri Lanka, but by the beach (which makes it infinitely more awesome)
gem museum...this case was worth $2 million or something!
look at all the rubies!
We went crazy shopping in Colombo. If you go, you have to check out Barefoot and Paradise Road. Both are amazing shops with handicrafts and awesome decor stuff! Here are some of my finds...
cool handpainted elephant
peridot necklace from the gem museum
and a sari! i have no idea when i will use this but, p wanted one and when we were at the shop i just couldnt resist!
We later went to eat at this super cute restaurant...Gallery Cafe. The food was good...but i got attacked by mosquitos!
Cute cake display
look they brought out "american" water for american girls
Dinner at gallery cafe was the perfect end to the perfect frist day in Sri Lanka! Stay tuned for another post on the awesomeness that is Sri Lanka...until next time, xxoo!