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Apr 6, 2018 - Goa – Land of Portuguese Catholic Churches

The island of Goa is the next stop in India. It was Portuguese ruled for 500 years until 1961 so has a Latin feel to it. The band (Trumpet, Saxophone, 2 drums) on the pier is playing a latin sounding polka as we come down the gangway. There is a Queen and King you can get your picture with the looks like she has a Spanish dress on. The pier is surrounded by green hills and rusting boats. Not at all what we were expecting. Immigration is easier today. The guys just look at your picture and add another stamp to the landing permit. Today we...

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Apr 6, 2018 - Marnagao Goa India

History: The state of Goa was the cultural center of Portuguese India for 450 years. This was the first region in India colonized by Europe. About a third of Goans are catholic and the Basilica of Born Jesus, holds the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Can’t quite get my arms around a cultural that lives in filth, allow cows to rule the country and don’t understand personal space. Heading to the markets of Mumbai if I find my water buffalo sandals I will be happier with India.

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Feb 2, 2018 - Amazing Things You Can Do in Goa for Free

“The best things in life are free”, whoever said this must have been to Goa. India’s most popular beach destination, Goa is a paradise for both domestic and international tourists. Whether you are on a tight budget or on a luxury trip, Goa offers endless opportunities to everyone. From enjoying free sunshine to free surfing, here are top 10 things you can do in Goa for free -- Church Hopping Goa is home to some of the oldest churches in the country, including the famous UNESCO world Heritage sites. Some famous churches include St....

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Jan 2, 2018 - Beach huts and public buses

Jess’ mum and dad went home yesterday so traveller lifestyle starts now! 𯘬 Decided we’d go with the cheap option to get to Palolem in south Goa. This involved taking 3 public buses over 3/4 hours in 30+Degree heat with backpacks and bags all in tow. There’s no such thing as personal space in India and your squished next to everyone with sweat just dripping off you! But...it only cost us a pound for the whole journey Compared to £30 for a taxi! We arrived and went straight for food so we could get wi-if and find somewhere to stay, decided...

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Apr 11, 2017 - Goa

In our youth Goa was a place rich, disaffected kids went to tune in, drop out, make love, seek enlightenment. For me California might have been on the other side of the moon, much less Goa. And now we are actually here, long after all the hippies have moved on. Our guide told us that Nigerians and Russians have moved in, bringing prostitution, drug crime and corruption. We saw no evidence of this, but have to assume that she knew what she was talking about. More recently we have heard about spectacular beaches here. I love a beach as much...

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Jan 29, 2017 - There's more to Goa than beaches: cultural heritage of Western India

Goa has become favourite holiday destination thanks to its beautiful white-sand beaches, pristine waters and amazing weather. However, there is more to Goa than its wonders of nature. Goa's rich heritage dates back to the dawn of civilization and it is manifested in many aspects of everyday life. If you want to know more about the exciting and diverse culture of this Indian state then read on and enjoy. Historical and architectural landmarks For many years Goa's architecture has been influenced by Portuguese architectural styles due to the...

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Jan 18, 2017 - Amazing markets of Goa

After a rough night I now have a full on cold. I contemplate not going out today but decide that as we have a photo tour I am going to suffer on. And suffer I do so much so that I stop taking pictures and just listen. Our tour doesn’t start well. First they can’t seem to get the gangplank down so we are ½ hour late. Then we can’t find our driver .. another half hour lost. Hard to get mad as he is very nice. It is about 1.5 hour drive till we meet Francisco our guide for the day. What a lovely and fascinating man. Three years ago he made the...

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Oct 19, 2016 - Bus from Calangute to Anjuna

10/19 Bon is still not 'with it', i.e. can't seem to get moving in the morning (not much change really, ha), so I went to breakfast alone and met a UK - Indian MD who is visiting for a 50th anniversery of some medical group. We chatted a bit to find out that he has lived and practiced medicine in UK for past 40 years, was now here with his son, Neal (very Brittish, no accent) and I asked their opinion of Brixet...son in favor, dad against. They said this seems to be typical in UK, a pretty even split for and against...interesting. In...

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India One More Time

Oct 16, 2016 - Fly to Goa, Calangute

Wiki All About Goa-Click Here 10/17 Made the mistake of ordering a 'Hail to the Queen' sundae dessert last night and I was miserable the whole night, not a wink of sleep! Stomach upset, acid reflux, etc, etc. Early leave from Ajay (7:45 am) to Metro station for airport...took a tuk tuk instead of walk. Good decision for both of us...Bon's leg/hip and my stomach. The Dehli AeroCity stop was the one before main airport for domestic...no problem with shuttle bus to the T-1 terminal and checking in at IndiGo Air (our first time with them -...

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India One More Time

Jan 30, 2016 - Not really sightseeing in Goa

From Hampi, we took a four hour bus ride to catch an overnight train. The bus ride left just before sunset and took us into a truly nervous time of narrow roads with lots of high speed traffic and high beams that sometimes would not be lowered. Our train was comfortable enough. We managed to sleep. We arrived in Goa shortly after dawn. We took a local shortcut across two sets of railroad tracks to the waiting vans and an hour ride to our hotel. We'd been in cleaner hotels, but the water was hot and the local guests well behaved around...

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Feb 5, 2015 - The lush beach atmosphere of Goa

We arrive in the province of Goa just after 2 pm, a short 45 minute flight from Mumbai. It is 36C and we love it however we do have a one hour ride to our resort, The Zuri White Sands. There are 1.3 M people in the 372 sq. km that makes up Goa with strong focus on education so along route we pass a lot of colleges. Unlike the north education here it is compulsory till age 15 so they have a much higher literary rate. Strangely I find many of the people at the resort do not have great English skills. Goa was originally part of Portugal from...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Goa

Today our port is Marmagao (Goa). We decided not to go to far today so opted for a cab ride into the smallish town of Vasco da Gama. We wanted to catch up on the internet stuff, get some rupees from an ATM and visit the local railway station. The town was just a busy working town, people just going about their business with a little bit of interest in the tourists. The station wasn’t really much to look at and you are not allowed inside unless you have a ticket. Our taxi driver was very good and helped us find the places we wanted and...

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