The capital of Goa state with its Portuguese colonial history promised much but ultimately disappointed. Our hotel with its oyster shell windows and friendly staff was in the old quarter and that area has retained much of its charm with some atmospheric bars, and Old Goa, the original Portuguese settlement, has some imposing churches, but sitting beside the river at sundown on a veranda overlooking the river and finding conversation almost impossible because of the blaring noise of the traffic below seems to sum up our experience of the city. And then there was the restaurant; lots of promising reviews and a charming setting, but the food was the worst we’ve eaten on the trip so far. Perhaps we haven’t given the city a chance ….
But tomorrow we’re on the move again in our favourite form of Indian transport: a 20 hour train trip across the sub-continent from the Arabian Sea to the Gulf of Bengal, from Margaon to Chennai ….