Goa & Bombay December 2010/January 2011
Our annual Yuletide/New Year trip to India was rather
fraught. We were due to fly from London to Bombay & on to Goa
on 17 December in time to celebrate Sheila's birthday & our wedding
anniversary in India. Arriving at Heathrow Airport,
we found, along with hundreds of other travellers, that, due to the unusually
bad weather conditions in the UK, our flight was cancelled.
After a long & exhausting wait, we were able to book a hotel in London for
an overnight stay, but despite repeated attempts, we
were unable to re-book the outward flight until the next morning & this was
not departing until 21 December. Returning home, we
made the best we could of celebrating the birthday & anniversary. On 20
December, we discovered that the second flight was cancelled.
After a frustrating time on the airline website, Derek eventually managed to
book seats on the flight departing early the next morning.
We also needed to book an airport hotel in Bombay because we would be arriving
in the early hours & to book seats on the flight to Goa
in the afternoon (the original flights on 18 December were non-refundable). We
re-arranged our taxi to the airport & were very relieved
on arrival to find our flight was scheduled. So, we eventually arrived at our
little hotel in Goa, where our room had been saved for us,
4 days late. It took a day or two the shake off the accumulated stress.
23 December - Derek & Sheila in Longuinhos, our Margao local /
Derek enjoying a post-shower sundowner in our room after a day at the beach
Sunset over Margao
25 December - view over Margao from our room / Yuletide dinner of "special kebabs" (large pieces of chicken
stuffed with herbs & nuts & cooked in a tandoor), lentil curry, chopped onions in yogurt & kulcha bread
26 December - Derek & Sheila at Benaulin Beach
28 December - last day on the beach / Unfortunately named boat
Enjoying a last sundowner at Pedro's, our local at the beach
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