We stayed at the Kingstork again. I wouldn't stay anywhere else. Lovely hotel and hosts and great position. I'm embarrassed to say that despite all the good intentions we did nothing again. Well not quite- as chilly has said, we had a great lunch and afternoon with Chilly. She took as to Johns, where we all had fish. I had prawns in garlic- yummy. Super little place. Chilly took us out and about in the afternoon. We saw Vagator and Chapora, where she showed us a very special place for her. It was very moving. Thanks Chilly- it will remain in my memory for a very long time. Also- I love your house Tony now knows why we have spent so many years "speaking" to each other. And yes- I thought you drove well
We also had a couple of nights out with other HT members, which were great. You know - HTers are very interesting people with lots of stories Thanks all for being so welcoming.
Days were spent on the beach, mainly at Pedro's Place. We did go to a few other places and were never charged for sunbeds. Loads of Indians on our part of the beach and you can never get fed up seeing the delight as they see the sea and watching them going in fully clothed.
This was the first year we have been there since the coastguards were introduced. Interesting to say the least. Foreigners were left to enjoy the sea. Indians were bawled at if they actually managed to get as far as knee high in water. I do know that the guards have saved a few from drowning. However, OH did witness an incident where a group of Indians did not move as quickly as the coastguards wanted and one of them got dragged towards their jeep. He was going to be thrown in till one of the others pleaded with them to release him. He was given quite a punch round the head and then let go. I think they are a bit power mad.
Police were very much in evidence up until the last three days- but were mainly just walking up and down the beach. Then we had 2 clear days with no police and lots of beach sellers On our last day, they did make a sudden appearance and made a beeline for a seller close to us. We were waiting for the fun and games but then they took us by surprise but showing interest in what he was selling, chatted and smiled to him and left to continue their stroll.
Will write about the restaurants we tried- probably tomorrow
look forward to your restaurant reviews
Down the Street was also a particularly good one. We often just stopped for a couple of drinks as we liked the music they played. Nirvana continues to be high standard. On our last night we tried Mango Grove and loved their tandoori king prawns. St Anthony Tearooms( After Dark), Fishermans Cove, Bending Bamboos and our own Kingstork also didn't disappoint. I much prefer the naan bread we got to what we have at home- it seems so much lighter. We just didn't have enough nights to get round places we wanted to try.
We came close to not getting our flight to Mumbai. It started to taxi and then came to a stop. We spent 2 hours in the plane while they tried to sort things and the luggage was minutes from being offloaded when they finally fixed whatever was wrong. We had a long stopover anyway and took a room at the airport Ibis. We enjoyed our flight in First-particularly the flat bed as it was a 2.30am flight. The jetlag was much less bothersome than it usually is
We had such a relaxed holiday and so many people have told me how well I look and I certainly feel the benefit of the holiday. It's just done me good.
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