Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Goa Vacations Part 1 - Just Arrived

I cannot tell you (and you must be knowing yourself) that it is such a special feeling when your dreams come true. After living in North India for 4 years, I finally reached another part of it - West India, state Goa with a capital Panjim or Panaji, washed by the waters of the Arabian Sea. Remember, in one of my posts I displayed a mug with "Goa" written on it as a projection of my dream? :) Now here it is materialized, and I am so happy to share my latest trip impressions with all  of you. 
There is something I haven't yet told you about, my friends, yet, and this something also played role in taking up that decision. A little more than 3 months ago we got to know that we would become parents! Unexpected, unplanned, somehow shocking, surprising were first feelings we had. Then we took it as a nature's gift, its blessing, and since then all our thoughts and deeds are towards this big for our lives event. 
So, we made this trip because we thought we deserved it and it would be good to have some break from routine and give rest to your bodies and minds before we get too busy :) ( And I am too big to fly far, lol).
Meanwhile... we arrived at Dabolim Airport, Goa, last to last Sunday. It was afternoon, around 4 pm and the first thing we had to do is to remove our jackets and change shoes to slippers! Vacations began! We went to Goa with our friends - a couple who are also expecting their first child almost same time as we.
We headed to the South Goa first, planning to spend half of our vacations, living on the Palolem beach there. On the way from the airport we witnessed various views, nature scenes altering with the urban. The first feature of Goa you notice is loads of palm trees everywhere!
Second - no busy roads and very simple surroundings.
Third - many churches, chapels, built during Portuguese influence times. Also many houses, big and small, fazenda type, built by same Portuguese, you don't feel you are in India at all as architecture overall is not Indian.
The crosses were towering above all the churches and stands just right on the side of the road - very strong Christian spirit.
And beautiful government buildings. This one is the South Goa District Headquarters.
My D captured some scenery  of local life - a woman selling utensils beside the road. Her daily deal and means of living. 
Loved our way - I will remember these views forever!
By the time the sun was setting and when we arrived to our beach huts, it was already twilight. 
However we dropped the baggage in the room and hurried to see the Arabian Sea for the first time in our life! Pictures are blurred but it is exactly how we saw Palolem beach in the twilight - people walking, some swimming, first evening lights and promise of a great time ahead! We could breath in the air of relaxation, love and joy.
The hut we stayed in (exterior pictures in next post) had a mosquito net. I always wanted to sleep under such.

Later, when we changed our clothes to more appropriate and beach-like, we made our way along the seashore, which had endless row of various cafes and restaurants to suit any taste.
The night market at Palolem which we visited few times afterwards.
We finally chose one restaurant called "Cafe Del Mar" and had delicious seafood dinner with a sea view in front of our table. 
That's all for now and soon I hope to find time to proceed and show what else we found in Goa last week :) Today I am still under impression of this beautiful state which has so much to offer. Today we went to office first time after we came back and I must say it was a tough day! We both were loaded with work straight away, but now we have that corner in our hearts where we will be coming back to again and again and recollecting those precious days we spent together, almost 24*7 :)
Hope you liked these selection of pictures and I will prepare more next time. Thanks for staying with me, dear friends! Have a wonderful day ahead wherever you are!


  1. Wowwwwwwww!!!! Congratulationsssssss!!!! :-) Looks like you guys has so much fun :-) Take good care of yourself and start crocheting baby stuff .

    1. Thanks, Ranjitha! I already made something small, but don't have enough time for my hobby now :(
      Ok, lets see how it all goes!

  2. Oh, Anna - HOW WONDERFUL!!!!! Congratulations - am so excited for you! Your little vacation looks like it was a fabulous time - the old churches and buildings are so beautiful. I always wanted to sleep under a mosquito net, too! SO, SO HAPPY for you! XOXOXO Tanya

    1. Thank you so much, Tanya! I was hesitating to share it in blog first, but then I thought I'd get more support from all of you too:)Including you. So did you find a mosquito net?;)hehe

  3. Congratulations,Beloveds,on being expecting parents! I love ocean side places. The food looks delicious.Thank you,Anna,for sharing your good news and experience, and pictures from Goa.

    1. Thanks a lot! So good to get encouraging comments from my friends! No thanks, I was eager to share the news and my Goa experience with you :)

  4. Congratulations to you and your husband! Very exciting news. And your vacation to Goa is a good omen of all your dreams coming true!

  5. Hi Anna

    So happy for you. Congrats to you and your D :) How wonderful and exciting it might be for you. Enjoy this journey. Its for life... Its a great experience.

    GOA. These pics are familiar to me. We visit once a year. And I love love GOA. I stayed there for 2 1/2 years and I tell you it was wonderful.

    You take care of yourself. Be happy

    Lots of love n best wishes


  6. Congratulations on your pregnancy!!! I'm so glad you guys had a chance to relax in Goa for a few days and realize your dream to see it. Looking forward to seeing more pics!

  7. A huge hug is being sent your way, wow fantastic news! So glad you were able to get away for a lovely trip. Take good care of yourself.

  8. Congratulations on your wonderful future blessing! The pictures and explanations of each photo was a joy to view. Thanks for sharing your dream come true. Now, hope you feel revived for upcoming busy times.


  9. Just think of all those delightful little baby clothes you can make now. ;o)

    Congratulations!! :D

  10. Congratulations!! I knew it! Last year many times I thought it was close for you guys!!! You are going to have so much fun!!
    From planning, to decorating and from rubbing your belly to holding your baby it is definitely the most exciting time!! If you need anything, or have anything on your mind you know where to find me!!!
    Brightest blessings!!!

  11. Congratulations Ana, I'm so pleased to hear your wonderful news! your holiday looks fabulous thank you for sharing it with us. :)

  12. What happy news! Congratulations to you both - I hope you are feeling well.

    It sounds like you had a lovely vacation - I look forward to seeing the rest of your photos.

  13. How neat for you to visit there! When I was young I wanted to go there!
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  14. Wow!! Congrats to both of you!! That's a very exciting news, Anna!!:))
    Glad to know you both had lovely time in Goa!! I have never been there. Vizag beach is much closer from here so we usually go there.
    Happy to hear from you after a long time :) keep in touch !!
    Take care of your health.

  15. I tried leaving a comment from my cell phone but it's browser has some issues lately with blogger!
    Congratulations my love! I am so happy for you.. Your little one is going to give you so much happiness!
    If you need anything, anything at all you know where to find me!!
    Brightest blessings!!

  16. Congratulations! Have a great vacation!

  17. Yepeee! Congrats ;o) I love the vacation pictures ;o) Beautiful ;o)

  18. Hi,

    Congratulations on your dream come true vacation... :) Goa is a beautiful place... i absolutely love visiting there... have a safe and wonderful time.

  19. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures, Anna! And congratulations on your pregnancy, that's so wonderful, I'm happy with you :-). All the best!!!

  20. Congratulations on baby to be. That's wonderful news! Glad you were able to take this trip to see another part of India. Best wishes, Tammy

  21. Congratulations on you soon to become parents; I love the role of parent and you will too. Goa is a place I would enjoy visiting.


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