Scootering to Panjim and Old Goa
Trip Start Sep 17, 2010
17Trip End Ongoing
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En route we were hailed in by the police. They see two white guys on a rented scooter and their mind's eye sees rupees - how much can I screw these two for? Even with a valid driving license, helmets on and proper papers for the bike they still felt it necessary to elicit a healthy fine from us. The policeman's exact words as he began filling out the summons sheet for me to appear in the local court next day were: 'my friend if you respect me and admit you are wrong we can come to an arrangement and forget about this', eyes pointing downwards to his little offical book.I'm like: 'I've done nothing wrong here chief'', to which I get a big smug smile from him 'oh but you have'
We eventually made the 20km journey from Baga to Old Goa. The entire town is a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site and over 500 years old. Once known as the 'Rome of the East' the town was the capital of the state of Goa and a centre of commerce. Today its a quiet town filled with the crumbling remains of old cathedrals and churches built by the Portugese. The highliht for me was the Basilica Of Bom Jesus famous throughout the Roman Catholic world for its long term resident and patron saint of Goa, St. Francis Xavier, whose mausoleum is placed in the church. We also took a tour around the Se Cathedral which is the largest in Asia standing at over 76m long and 55m wide and build in 1562
After clearing our consciences with such a culture filled previous day we decided to laze away the final two days in Baga in style - beer in hand and sand on toes. Both nights were quietish around the town but we managed to cross paths with 3 girls from Calcutta on holidays in Goa. All young professionals and very westernised, we were only too happy to provide some entertainment!