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I’m participating in the #AtoZBloggingChallenge 2016 with the theme – Pins on the Map of my Memory – which is about places that bear a special connection with me for reasons mostly personal!

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G for Goa

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Sun, sand, sea and Susegado! That in four words sums up Goa. That last word is highly evocative of the Goan way of life, their desire of taking it easy and experiencing everyday life through their senses!

The Goans welcome visitors with open arms into their homes and hearts. Our family vacation last October was a testimony to this.

This tiny state in the west of the country has an emerald, palm fringed coastline that entrances all visitors. Beyond the superb beaches that Goa is most famous for, are the  stunning whitewashed Churches, old Colonial mansions and brightly coloured temples alongside world heritage architecture that catches the eye of every tourist visiting Goa. Nowhere is this more apparent than the charming streets of Panjim. Modern buildings provide a startling contrast to the Portuguese colonial quarter, a wonderful place of colour and vibrancy. But for a true flavour of Goa, one would need to travel inland to the villages. Ribandar is my favourite, surrounded by waterfalls, lush vegetation, colourful houses, old churches and fruit plantations.

The dazzling array of seafood freshly caught and prepared was a very memorable experience as was the the visit to the spice farm led by knowledgeable staff who identified everything and demonstrated their possible uses. This was followed by a delicious lunch and herbal tea, all made with spices grown on the farm.

With a perfect mix of blue skies, balmy tropical breezes and locations that embraced the soul our trip to Goa turned out to be a perfect beach holiday for us.

 

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