One of the sites that I really wanted to visit when we went to Sri Lanka was Sigiyria, home of the famous cloud maiden frescoes.
Appropriately enough, this is the home of the Cloud Maidens
The approach is innocent enough
but then you have to climb the cliff
don’t look down
better still, don’t look up either because this is what you are climbing up
so far so good, here are the cloud maidens but you haven’t reached the summit yet
a rare photo of the two of us
you have to go down a section of rickety-looking staircase to get to the next section
past the mirror wall
with the rock face towering above you
then out on to the plateau of the lions paws
before the final ascent
with spectacular views, albeit a bit misty, from the top
it’s hard to imagine that people actually lived at the top and had to carry all their supplies up
I have to say that the climb was daunting – not for the faint-hearted or the infirm and my husband declined to accompany me all the way to the top. However, I’m glad I made it.
What form did your achievement take?