Sep 05, 2010
Aug 21, 2011
. A swim, a sunbathe, a mango lassi and so the day continued. To complete the beach experience we even played some bit-bat (beach tennis) but the heat meant it was only a short set. As did the fact that we seem to have no aerobic fitness whatsoever – the only thing we are good for is cycling! We also suddenly felt concerned about pulling muscles etc – something that could actually put the entire trip in jeopardy. Later it was a really strange experience to sit back on the balcony thinking about what December has always been like for the last 30 odd years. I can safely say I have never spent a day in December sunbathing before. An hour blogging and a good Skype session with Highfield was a welcome break but then it was back to enjoy the sun going down. Supper on the sand and a stroll afterwards to enjoy the fireworks and that was that. We can safely put a tick in the ‘Beaches of Goa’ box, done!
The decision of 'should we stay or should we go?' was a very easy one to make once we had taken the few steps out of the beach hut and onto the sand. A wonderful breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt and fruit muesli (Polly) and fried eggs and chips (Fat Mike) only confirmed that this was a great place to rest up for a day before the last haul into the madness that awaits in Mumbai. Palolem beach is undoubtedly one of the nicest places we have been to, the pristine sands stretch from one end of the bay to the other with lush forest surrounding and palms draping over the beach. The beach hut we had was on the sand and at the bottom of the ladder was the connecting bar/restaurant which provided all of today’s meals. The sun was out and all that was left to do was sit back on the sun lounger and relax. There were some disturbing performances going on by local kids who had clearly been trained up from the moment they could walk. One 2 year old boy, moustache painted on, did a mad little wiggle dance as his sister banged a drum. Another tiny girl child gave a wonderful tight rope display, at one point crossing the rope on a bicycle wheel