Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Old Goa and Panjim

Wednesday 24 February: Day trip to see the churches of Old Goa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, which are pretty much all that remain of Goa's former capital. Once larger than Lisbon or Rome it was plagued by malaria and cholera, and the capital was moved downstream to the healthier coastal waters at Panjim. Se Cathedral is the largest church in Asia and the Basilica of Bom (baby) Jesus holds the gruesome remains of St Francis Xavier.
Friday 26: Day in Goa's modern capital, Panjim or Panaji, with its vast variety sea and river craft, wedding cake of a church, simple Portuguese lighthouse and a great thali lunch.

Monday 1 March: Until today still enjoying daily barefoot runs along Benaulim beach my steps only cushioned by the soft sand, warm surf and froth of the Arabian Sea, followed by a swim - magical. Disaster, pulled a muscle near the end of a run and had to hobble 3 miles back to the hotel which only made it worse.
Photos of Old Goa and Panjim.

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