For the Diwali break Lex and I went to Goa. We stayed for 3 days in the north and 3 in the south of the state. The first place we stayed was an old country house called Presa di Goa in Nagoa.
The meaning of the name is "captive of Goa". The owner of the hotel, originally from Luxembourg, worked in international chains and then bought this place when he retired. As I was doing an online course, this balcony became my "classroom".
The house was set amid gorgeous gardens and had a lovely swimming pool. It was fantastic to sit and soak up the fantastic atmosphere - and simply to relax.
The hotel did a complimentary drop to a couple of local beaches, Calangute and Baga. On our first day we went to Calangute where we walked on the beach, looked at the shops and had a meal. I really like the photo below of our shadows. I hadn't realised we'd also caught the local boy, running on the beach.
We also went to Baga beach on our third day in the north. This was a nicer beach and seemed more natural - fishing and so going on, though we also went dolphin spotting.
On our last day in the north we went to a local market in Anjuna which was full of really interesting things to purchase (we bought some as presents).