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Go Goa

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As we pause for a few days rest in the seaside resort of Betalbatim, we’ve joined a rat-race of northerners who’ve jumped their ice-bound ships to bask under the Goan sun – and who can blame them? At home it may be damp, chilly and grey, while here the world sparkles. The golden beaches, fringed with coconut palms, slope gently into a warm aquamarine ocean…
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Traditional fishermen in ancient proas chase shadowy shoals across a landscape of shimmering emerald...
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And the glittering sun shines from breakfast to tea until it eventually tires and turns vermillion as it sinks into the Arabian Sea…
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It is easy to see why Goa is one of the most popular holiday spots in the world, but on reading the travel guides we had visions of a non-stop party hotspot – an Indian Ibiza or Cabo San Lucas with oodles of booze and pot. But that’s not here in Betalbatim. This part of southern Goa is more like Worthing – most of the holidaymakers are lumpy white wrinklies who gave up hard partying years ago and are now happy with a stroll along the beach at sunset before going to the restaurant to karaoke along with Cliff Richard’s Summer Holiday and a medley of the latest hits from Peter, Paul and Mary.
Here’s some typical Brits at the beach – complete with plastic flyswatters brought all the way from Blighty...
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Foreign tourists have been bringing suitcases of cash here for decades but it’s difficult to see where it’s all gone. For instance, in the late 90s an elevated skytrain system was built in the city of Madgaon to whisk passengers across the top of this congested city; the central tourist hub for the region. The tracks and stations are there – abandoned and crumbling since 2003. Like so many other grandiose projects in India, the skytrain never got off the ground. It’s no wonder that two Indian space rockets exploded on take-off… the wonder is that they ever took off in the first place.
However, we’ve found a nice hotel, a great restaurant and a lovely beach and are quite happy to reiterate the State’s marketing slogan of “Go Goa.”

Posted by Hawkson 03:45 Archived in India

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These Brits look strangely familiar - I'm sure I've seen them before, somewhere. Hmmm.

by Janet

This photo of the colourful boat and the splash of water is spectacular...and the body language of the people...wow, national geographic here you come!

xo G/*

by Gabriole

Another memory for me. I hope you got into the historic city. That is a really interesting place in particular the church that holds the relics of Francis Xavier I think.It was a malarial swamp in its time so wouldn't have been any fun being there.

by Tom Whalley

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