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Published: March 1st 2018
That's the relaxing beach bit of the trip over, now to head back to the city for our final stopping place, Mumbai.
Bob had chosen a nicely timed flight out of Goa, at 3pm, so we had a leisurely start to the day. Packed our cases, breakfast in the sun, a farewell to the lovely friends we've made here and then down to the edge of the beach for a read in the sunshine.
The hotel restaurant by the beach has some well positioned sunbeds though Bob did regret his position later when he found ant bites on his ankles. Little creatures round here, roaming the sand but with an itchy bite. I had of course move my feet up off the sand so was unaffected.
Checkout time and we were pleased to find that the hotel had honoured our agreement of the day before when Bob had asked what compensation they were offering for the dreadful building noise and mess. The hotel had already been paid for as we booked by Agoda and were charged a couple of days before arrival. The hotel therefore agreed to halve our bill for food and drink, so that made us
feel much better.
Hard to be hard on them. They say the building should have been started and finished out of season but had been delayed and apart from the noise and mess the rest of the hotel really is very nice indeed and the staff lovely. Think we'll come back here very soon to see just how fantastic a job they make of it all.
Taxi to airport went a far more interesting way back than we came, though a couple of villages and a town but no idea where we were. Again, when we come back we'll stay a few more days and hire a scooter then we can do some exploring as this time we've seen sea, sand and sunshine and that is all. But enough as we've done so much sightseeing elsewhere, sometimes you need a rest and we have of course visited Goa before, albeit in 1993.
Boarded our flight to Mumbai and then sat waiting for well over an hour as, as explained by the pilot, this is also a military airport and the Goan Navy were doing some practice. It did mean that by the time we eventually got to
Mumbai nearly all the day had gone and it was such a short flight, only 75 minutes but getting dark as we left the airport in our taxi for the hotel.
Silly taxi for an airport where most people have luggage. Run on gas so boot was filled with gas cylinder and one suitcase had to go on the roof and the other on the passenger seat.
Our hotel, Sahara Star was only 15 minutes away, which is one reason Bob had chosen it. Lovely place and really pleased with our choice.
Full scale security checks to get in, case and bag scan and frisk but getting quite used to that. Don't know how much terroist activitiy they have here, but by the security checks we've encountered, must be a lot more than reported in the British press.
Delighted to find our room was on the 'inside' of the hotel (even numbered room) and superb. The hotel is built in a circle, a 6 floor tower with all the restaurants and social areas on the ground floor in the centre surrounded by palm trees and lagoons. Sort of inside, outside as there is of course a
roof but one which light in.
Our room was on the 5th floor with a balcony overlooking over the lagoon. Not much time to do anything else so popped to ground floor and had a super meal in the Thai restaurant.
Back in the room tried but failed to get a decent connection to the wifi on my laptop. Business centre sent someone twice to help but they didn't so left for 4th night without any wifi to load this blog.
(Note this was written a week after our return home and outside we have a blizzard. The warmth of India is now a distant dream.)
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