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Panaji: Goa, India

A bit of Portugal in India

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The Portuguese came to Goa in 1510, aiming to control the spice trade from the east. Jesuit missionaries led by St. Francis Xavier arrived 1542. It was not until 1961 when Indian troops marched into Goa that Portuguese rule finally ended.

The Portuguese influence is clearly visible in the streets of Panaji. White plastered Catholic churches are scatterred across the city and many of the people still speak portuguese. The city's architecture resembles that of a Portuguese villa.

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St. Francis Xavier Church, in Old Goa, is well known for holding the incorruptible body of St. Francis Xavier.
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Grounded tanker in front of Fort Aguada Beach
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The Maruti Temple is a Hindu temple perched on a hill overlooking Panaji.IMG_4157_G.._temple.jpg

While exploring the city, we bumped into the Missionaries of Charity Convent. The Missionaries of Charity was founded by Mother Teresa. Francis' sister joined the convent 7 years ago and is currently serving in Cuba.

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This particular convent takes care of 30 seniors and ~30 children. One of the nuns gaves us a tour of the facility and we volunteered to play with the children the next day. We were very impressed by the kids. One, a 6 month old infant, was able to rock himself on a car seat by kicking his left leg.

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While in Panaji we stayed in Park Lane Lodge, which we fondly refer to as the termite guesthouse. Park Lane is owned and operated by a Goan couple that speak Portuguese, Hindi and English. It's a historic home, which means it is falling apart as we speak.

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Posted by edcastano 04:27 Archived in India

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