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MARMAGOA, INDIA

GOA

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Goa is one of India’s smallest states, but also one of its richest and best educated. It was a Portuguese colony until 1961, for 450 years! We traveled to Old Goa to tour 3 of their churches which are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Within the Basilica of Bom Jesus, and inside the silver casket pictured here are the remains of St. Francis Xavier, who died in 1562.

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Today is the Hindu day of color – pretty tame here in Goa – but in the north of India color is thrown everywhere – just until 12 noon. We first saw this tradition depicted in the movie, “Outsourced”.

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St. Catherine’s Cathedral – the tower contains the “Golden Bell” which rang during the Inquisition to announce the public torture and burning of suspected heretics.

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Water buffalo crossing – taken just outside the Church of St. Cajetan

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For a few minutes it looked as if we would be following this bus onto a ferry! We did not.

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The salt for sale here is harvested from the nearby salty river, in salt pens. Our guide was complaining that now they are required to have iodine in their salt.

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We had refreshments at the residence of a revered Goan family – the 6th generation in their beautiful home. These are their turkeys.

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I may frame this one.

Posted by Swenigale 05:10

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