Me at my most content, morning sun on my skin, wild hair, bare feet and a string bikini. I'm a beach babe through and through.
Our itinerary for this trip covered Colva to Talpona, taking in as many beaches as we could along the way. Other than the first night's guesthouse (a place we'd stayed at last year, booked over the phone at the airport minutes before boarding our flight) the rest of our accommodation was found using our tried and tested method - one of us sits in a cafe with the bags and the other goes off to search for a suitable place to stay. Our needs are simple, a double bed, an attached bathroom and space outside to sit.
|My Friend's Place, Agonda (£7 per night)|
We moved six times, sleeping in coco huts and hut camps on the beach and in vividly painted guesthouses in the outlying villages. Rates varied between £3.50 and £8 a night and we haggled hard to get the best deal - when you've a combined budget of £20 a day every rupee counts!
|View from our balcony at L'Allegro, our pink guesthouse in Palolem (£6 per night)|
Some had hot water, others mosquito nets, all included crisp cotton bed linen and bath towels. One had no mirrors and seeing ourselves reflected a week later seemed very odd. Another had two balconies and one even had an attached kitchenette. One backed on to jungle, where the shriek of monkeys would wake us at 6am and a couple had tree frogs in the bathroom (great for keeping the mozzies at bay).
This one was so close to the sea the waves kept us awake.
This lot would devour any fruit left lying around.
|Beach shack at Agonda|
Most people use shacks during the day, lazing on sunbeds alongside fellow tourists, listening to Western pop music and being brought beer and food at regular intervals, but that's not for us. We'll walk until we find a remote spot away from the crowds and lay on the sand, seeking shade beneath a nearby boat if the heat got too intense.
|Outrigger at Palolem beach|
|Morning mist at Patnem Creek|
|Colony of fruit bats at Agonda|
|One day we'll be here - part of the overland camp in Agonda.|
|Fishing at Rajbag|
|Outrigger at Vaddie Beach|
|Pi dogs at Agonda|
|Paradise in Talpona|
|Sunrise over Rajbag|
|Hoping for an auspicious catch|
|Shadows at Sernabatim|
|Sunset at Benaulim|
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|Daybreak at Palolem|
|Nosey neighbour at Colom|
|Morning stroll at Patnem|
Sometimes, in the afternoon, we'd pop back to our room for a siesta but we'd always be back in time to watch the sunset and for the last swim of the day.
|Sunset at Colva|
|Block print maxi (roadside stall, Goa), 1960s lace-up suede waistcoat (Xmas 2012 present from Liz), black vest (new from Topshop, 1999), Lamani choker, armlet and coin earrings (Indian markets)|
Thanks for the phenomenal welcome back and for all your comments. I've used my 4am, jet-lagged early mornings constructively - sifting through photos and drafting my travel posts (don't despair, there's only four left, you're halfway through). If there's anything at all you'd like to know about Goa comment or message me and I'll answer in my next couple of posts.
Right, I'm taking advantage of a break in the rain and am nipping down to Argos to look at cheap point and shoot cameras.
See you soon!