Monday, 7 February 2011

Goa...More than I expected

Can't claim I've been around much of it. My stay in Goa was short, the main reason was that I needed to do some emergency "beach" shopping for my suddenly emerging vacation in the Maldives.

Crew change went smoothly enough and soon we were on our way to our hotel in Panaji, which was chosen due to the possibility of decent shopping in the area. Although I was putting hopes on Nike, Adidas and the like, the local shops were the ones providing what I wanted :) (with strikingly cheap prices!). Hope they survive the washing though :s

The plan for the evening was a shisha/drinks on the beach followed by a meal. So after asking the locals we headed to Baga beach, have to say that it was different to what I imagined, what locals call beach shacks is much bigger than I had in mind. They're proper size restaurants/cafes built on the beach with tables stretching almost to the water. We had shisha, drinks and some snacks, got cold on the breezy beach, started feeling sleepy and went back to our hotel and basically fell asleep the moment we hit the beds. But Baga beach was nice, a good place to spend a nice (preferably a warmer one than ours though) evening with friends.

The plan for the next morning was to sleep till late, get up at 10-11, repack and check out at midday, then go for lunch in a Goan restaurant and off to the airport to catch our flight to Bangalore. This turned into day-shifters sleeping forever & night-shifters (including me) waking up at about 6 and not managing to fall asleep again, giving up at 9 and going out for some local sightseeing/photo-taking in Panaji's La Fontana at 10. The place is amazing, houses and churches in Portuguese style all over, small Hindu temples in the midst of that, the whole thing is on a hill sandwiched between what looks like a bit of the sea and a river , the feeling it gave was as if you're not in India yet there, the architecture says no but the people and the atmosphere say yes, a charming place, and I think the photos are proof enough.

And yes, we did eat in a delicious Goan restaurant and we did catch the flight, onboard which I'm writing this :). (written on 6jan2011)

Deutshcland. Tag 4

Today was not planned, I ended up having an unplanned extra day in Berlin, therefore I didn't know what to do or where to go, I decided just to go and roam around. That resulting in me visiting Checkpoint Charlie museum (and getting bored after seeing half of it), walking around the streets there, going inside KaDeWe which is a nice shopping mall, if my feet didn't hurt that much and if my bag wasn't already full to the brim, I would've made use of that visit :).

That same pain in the feet led me to trace my steps back from there to Alexander Paltz, buy a Mac and head back to my hotel, I had to wake up early for my flight to Australia after all. (written on 28sep2009)

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Deutshcland. Tag 3

Although west Berlin is more prosperous and you can clearly see that, east Berlin has so much more to offer when it comes to sightseeing and attractions, thus the thirs day of my stay was there as well, went to the Museum island to see Nefertiti in the Egyptian museum, turned out it was closed, but still I went through the old museum and the old national gallery (I like art galleries :D), then went to a building that somehow resembled Notre Dame de Paris to find out it's not a church anymore but acts as Schinkel's museum, basically sculptures stand all over.

The highlight of the day was the Berlin cathedral (Berliner Dom), beautiful from the inside, not overdone as some, with a lot of paintings in the ceiling, I loved how the light falls from windows high in the ceiling onto the different parts of the interior giving it a lively still a bit Gothic feeling, you can also go all the way up to the dome and have a great view of Berlin, awesome!

Walked around (the closed) Nikolai-vertel church, took a look at the New Synagogue and the holocaust monument and decided to call it a day. (written on 27sep2009)