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Location: People >> CS For All Ages >> 50s+ Travellers >> INCREDIBLE INDIA
hello all you lovely people!
apologies, once again, for no posts till date.been megabusy. like the rest of the world.
however, i just had a call from meher, and had my arm twisted again... so this one happens NOW :)
re : what we can do together in goa, is beach , beach , beach for all those who want to, and have had enough of touristy sightseeing around the rest of india... chill, chill, chill! with feni and beer, and take in the sun, sand and sea ( food ) :)
for those that are inclined otherwise, i propose a one day trip to the old goa churches of st. francis xavier and the museum and monte de goa, there, beautiful sightseeing.
then a visit to a lovely old temple on the way to a spice garden, where you will be taken on a tour by a lovely local girl or boy, who will show you different indian spices and herbs, will explain how they grow,harvested and are used in cooking.... there's a river that runs thru the spice farm, and an elephant beside it... you can go on a ride, or bathe jumbo if you like.... very very nice and refreshing for everybody.
good ole feni ( the local goan moonshine , made from the cashew fruit ) and a lovely authentic, simple goan meal served on banana leaves and in coconut shells.... cooking all done the traditional way in earthen pots on wood fires. lovely.
and then we can stop by a cashew nut factory, where you will see how the nuts are harvested ( the cashew nuts, not nuts like yours truly :) )
that done, we can stop at panjim for a boat ride up and down the mandovi river apres sunset,with goan bands playing konkani and portuguese music,goan and portuguese folk dancers on the boat, open bar ( of course! THIS IS GOA, AMCHEM GOA !)
panjim by evening with the lights coming on in all the little homes and tavernas along the river, old portuguese churches, white against a green backdrop lit up specially for you... magical... maybe a little shopping in panjim by the river, and an early dinner at a lovely portuguese style restaurant in the latin quarter of panjim, venite, run by an old friend, luis, great portuguese or goan food , loads of seafood cooked specially by luis, who lives on an island and travels into panjim everyday except sunday, when he refuses to open his restaurant, never mind that it's the day he would get the most business, he's goan... it's family day... and that's that. i like luis !and i love venite....and the mussels and calamari and shark and prawns and kingfish and pork sorpotel and beef vindaloo and chorizo... mouth watering food and music to warm your soul, luis knows his music as well as his food.
then back to the hotel and a long night's sleep, before the beach or the school for street kids the next morning, or an old folks home where musicians perform with a little help from moi once a week... can fix this for when you are here .....
friday night is a huge open air market in the day, in mapusa, a stone's throw away from your hotel in anjuna, nice for anyone who likes this kind of thing, lots of local shopping to be done, you can buy sarees, sarongs, curious curios :) organic veggies, fruit, choriz pao.... the world's your lobster on a friday at the market in mapusa... and you can see forever, even tho it's not a tuesday , heheheh
and then on friday night, it's cavala night. cavala is a local pub and restaurant, check out cavala hotels, baga on the net... great live band and dancing, a bar you can spend all night holding up :) and good ole goan food... foood to tickle your taste buds.marius monteiro, the patrao of cavala, and friend is mexicano to look at , with his bushy mustache, and curly black longish hair... and goan at heart... a heart big enough to house all of us over 50 csers ! cavala is special and you will see why...dance the night away there... and feel fresh again the next morning, that's what 's lovely about goa... you're ready to take on the day, even after a night's drinking and partying...something to do with the fresh goan coastal air.... i love it !
saturday - in the morning in calangute, just down the road from where i live , is an open air market ( lovely to walk thru and taste the local fruit and produce, mostly organic ) you are invited for coffee or tea at my home ( if you're lucky you may get some biscuits to go with the tea and coffee...however, i don;t cook, so make sure you eat at the market before you arrive ..or you will starve :)
in the evening , saturday, is the saturday night market... not to be missed for anything in the world, an open air 1000stall market, with stuff from india and around the world, food court- featuring food from india and around the world , as well, live bands, artistes, jugglers, fire dancers, five great open air bars, with local and IMFL ( INDIAN MADE FOREIGN LIQUOR !) bohemian bonanza!
and sunday, we rest. like the good lord wanted us to...
and then we say goodbye... and vaya con dios , and deo borem koro :)
trust this marathon mail will make up for the many silent weeks. and here's to many more :)
and a BIG hug
i just checked with meher, and you arrive on a wednesday, so if you have the energy, you can take in the local flea market in anjuna, walking distance from your hotel , on the beach, the market opens at 9 am and closes around 7, for shops ( i don;t shop, or know much about prices, my shopping is like my cooking, and i can point you in the right direction, but WILL NOT COME SHOPPING with you, not even if you buy me beers all day long :) ).... and there's a fabulous beach shack called cafe looda, that has great live fusion music...kundalini airport is my favourite band, with paco from france playing sitar and mouth organ and drums, and a bass and lead guitarist , also a didgeridoo.... plus many other bands the same evening, beginning at around 2 pm and going on into the night.
so looking forward to showing you amchem goa!
bye for now