The old town of Galle is a cute little quarter in southern Sri Lanka. What was once a Dutch colonial outpost is now a thriving local community of poets, artists, gemstone dealers and boutique shop owners. There's a historic worshipping house for every religion dotted around the city, a ton of stray cats wandering about, unbelievably clean cobblestone streets, a decent beach (that could use a bit of a cleanup) and charming choices for accommodation.
The hodge podge collection of people living in Galle keep things interesting inside the fort. They rely heavily on tourism so it's common to expect a sales pitch every now and then. At the end of the day, they're just good natured people looking to make enough money off the bustling tourist trade that plies on this side of town.
These tight passages that are so full of character and buzzing with life are what makes Galle. The quaint back alleys that entice you to wander can lead to cool finds like hidden architectural gems or maybe a quiet tea room to relax in. It's one of those rare places in the world where you can get lost and it's a good thing.
Despite the number of nice shops in Galle, I ended up with not buying anything at all.