This temple is one of the most beautiful places I have seen in the world. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka and contains paintings and statues are related to Buddha and his life. There total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The colouring and painting on the statues are beautifully intricate and I could have happily stayed there for hours and hours. It was cool inside the caves and they have existed as a complex since the first century BC.
There was a gorgeous selection of knick knacks on offer, which was too much to resist for a serial random junk hoarder.
An unusual selection of finds included vintage Hustler magazines, dating to 1980.
The Cat Street markets are an absolute treasure trove of antiques and knick knacks, I bought a beautiful hand-carved Chinese theatre mask for only £3 after much haggling and persuasion.
The town of Llanes has been around since the 13th century, and is full of history. There was a local celebration taking place called the Fiest de la Magdalena, where everyone in the town got together for a big party in traditional dress, as well as lots of drinking beer!
Asturias’ Sella River is world renowned for it’s use as a watersports course and it’s very popular with tourists and water sports fanatics alike. As a first time kayak-er without the help of my dad, the river was great as the rapids were not too high and the waters were shallow enough for you to capsize safely. It was an awesome but tiring day!