What I enjoyed about Goa this time round was the sense of the familiar - we knew the beaches and the nice restaurants to go to.This is the starting point for discovering more than just its coastline in this tiny indian state. So some of the time this trip was spent exploring the hinterland, driving through lovely little villages with their portuguese style houses, their nativity displays and their Xmas lights.
We walked through fishing villages and saw the men fixing their nets and displaying their catch.
We caught the beauty of the sun rising, marvelled the enormity of the iron ore barges and took ferry rides to islands and off them.
We took a dug out into the mangrove swamps and visited the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary.
We watched the majestic Brahminy kites warming themselves in the early morning sun.
Saw the silhouetted outlines of the cormorants and the egret.
We got lost on the back roads and used our noses to follow the smell to the sea.
The making of most, to end a year and start another, at a cracking pace.