Hull is a port city in England, founded circa 1200. You can read up more about this city here. I went there for an official purpose for a day and got to see around the city area for three hours.
Incidentally, Hull or Kingston upon Hull is also the ‘UK city of culture 2017’.
After my business visit, I had lunch at this Italian place called ‘Ask Italian’. Wonderful food, service and the view was great too.
What you see are the domes of the Hull Maritime Museum:
After the wonderful lunch, we went for a walk to the dock.
Where we stumbled upon The Royal Navy Memorial
and the Humber Estuary
Then we walked back into the city taking in the beauty of the place.
Hull Minster (Holy Trinity Church) – dates back to 1300.
It was a sunny day and couple of kids and some boisterous adults were playing in the fountain opposite Hull City Hall.
It was a wonderful afternoon for me – great food, good weather to walk, marvelous & beautiful ancient buildings and joyful folks. What I would have loved to do was explore more of this city (alas, there was no time) and visit the coast which is 30 kms from this city. Maybe some other time.
Day 3. Relatively a lazy day and the last day of the trip. That day when you realize you need buy souvenirs for the loved ones. Had lunch in Baga, not a great place, took a really long time to serve (even by Goa standards).
My main mission for the day was to go to this wonderful guest house / home stay that I stayed in some years back (from memory, as i did not recall the name of the place). Walked from the resort to the Aguada – siolim road junction and took a bus from there to Candolim (one of my favourite beaches, not so crowded). I got down at the Candolim Market stop and walked to the Candolim beach in search of a homestay I had stayed some years back. I’ve been wanting to recommend that place but couldn’t because of the above reason. So, from memory, I walked the streets and reached the place.
Dioros Guest House, Candolim
Location: here (200 mts from the beach)
Do check it out if you go to Goa (north goa) next time. It’s a safe place and they serve breakfast as well. It is maintained by an elderly couple.
After that I walked to the Candolim beach, admiring the sunset. Walked till Sinquerium beach and back.
Bought some Bebinca (Goan Sweet) to give to friends. Try it out when you are there.
This ends the three part series of my November Goa Trip with the office team. I also did a trip in December 2016 with two of my friends by road (Duster 4×4) from Blore to Goa (mainly south goa). I will write about that later.
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Continuing from my previous post, Day 2 was little better organized and typical touristy day in Goa. My friend wanted to see the Basilica of Bom Jesus. We rode out on our two wheeler from Baga to Bom Jesus. That was a back-breaking 40 minutes ride, which neither of us will ever do again. It was a bad ride because the bikes for rent are not in the best of conditions.
TIP: if you plan to go on long rides, either ride solo or get a bike which is in a good condition.
So after a painful 40-minute ride we reached the Basilica.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus (location)
Relics of St. Francis Xavier
But for whatever reason, I liked more what I saw on the other side of the road. The other side of the road, inside a well maintained campus are:
1. Archaeological museum – Entrance fee is Rs. 1o and no photography allowed.
2. Church of St. Francis of Assisi
3. The Sé Catedral de Santa Catarina AKA Se Cathedral – this was the first time I visited this church and I loved this church. It was in a better condition than the other churches and had more ‘work of art’ to savour. It was built in 1619. You can read all about it in Wikipedia.
Some more pics of the beautifully crafted panels inside
Be aware of the dress code in this place. Dress modestly.
After enjoying every bit of this church and then see my friend chased by dogs, we went for lunch in locality where I look forward to going for a long walk with my DSLR and take some wonderful photos of the old Goan architecture.
After that went to the resort and stayed out of the sun till 5 PM. At around 5 PM, we rode to the Anjuna beach.
After Anjuna we made our way to Vagator beach to enjoy the sunset from the cliffs by the beach. This was another best moment/discovery in this trip.
Vagotor beach – the place to be during to see the sunset.
This was one of the best moments of the trip. Might be because I chanced upon it and had no expectations.
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I visited Goa last week. Goa remains one of my favourite vacation places. Maybe because I’ve gone there so many times and familiarity, for me, breeds comfort, when it comes to vacation spots. This Feb I was there, we stayed in South Goa. This time we stayed in the North. Here is the list of things I did.
DAY Zero: Reached there on Friday evening and checked-in to Nazri resort, Baga. Location
The rooms were clean, has a swimming pool, the service is good. Has a pool table (not the best of condition), 150 per hour. Our group had Breakfast and Dinner as complementary.
It is close to Baga beach (less than 500 meters). If you are a person who likes to walk-and-explorer a lot, then you can walk to Calangute beach from Baga beach.
DAY One: Friend and I got a bike for rent – 300 per day. He wanted to see Chapora fort (location), So we drove to Chapora fort (Dil chahta hai song (or a clip of it) was shot there). It’s a pretty steep climb, but the view from the fort is spectacular.
The fort in itself has nothing left of it. One can see the remnants of what it used to be. The fort shot from the center of the fort.
We spent close to 45 minutes in the fort and took in the wonderful view. The Sun got to us. It was very hot during the day and mildly cold during the nights. We climbed down and were done with this by 12:30. But we were starving already with all the walking and climbing.
TIP: Keep yourself hydrated. Take a bottle of water along with you and a Cap to protect your head from the sun.
The place we chose to eat would be the biggest disappointment of the trip.
Mango Tree Restaurant – a big NO NO. (location)
I have had a wonderful dinner (one of the best fruit bowls) at a restaurant with the same name in HAMPI. So when we crossed this restaurant in Goa, I thought perhaps this was part of the same chain. Expectantly my friend and I ordered for some dish and were absolutely disappointed. The service bad and the food worse. Fruit custard was hot and Fruit bowl with curd was sour.
After the disappointing lunch, we rode back to the resort and took a nap for a couple of hours.
Evening came, did my usual when I travel, go for a walk. A long walk it turned out, by the end of the day I had walked 16,000 steps.
I walked to Baga beach which is closer to the resort and then to the Calangute beach from Baga along the coast. As always it was really good to see everyone in a joyous vacation mode. Here are some of the pics from the beaches.
In Calangute is one of my favourite restaurants in Goa – Souza Lobo. (location)
Try the King fish fry or King fish curry with rice. The service is really good and staff is helpful in suggesting the best dish for you.
That was pretty much what I did on the first day of the trip. Also keep in mind, that I have gone to Goa 6 times before this. So I was taking it really easy this time and didn’t cram in too many places to visit.
Some of my other friends did water sports at Anjuna/Calangute/Baga (any of those beaches). They charge around Rs.2000 for a package of 5 sports. You can negotiate.
Next post for day 2 adventures.