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Monumental Bombay I – Apollo Bunder to Flora Fountain

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The first part of our walking tour of Old Bombay takes in the heart of Old Bombay – known as the Fort district, because once there actually was a Fort – a fortified settlement here. We begin where we began … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-9: Bombay (Mumbai)…City of Extremes

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Bombay is India’s port city extraordinaire; the most glittering of the glittering port cities dotting the never-ending coastline of the Subcontinent; a city of extremes. Once, the city was split into seven islands – seven puny and peripheral landmasses at … Continue reading

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Dream Of A City, or The Importance of Being Kennie

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Recently, I dreamed of a city… It was a city I had known before. An impossible city, perched precariously on a craggy peninsula and island at the mouth of the Pearl River; floating at the edge of the South China … Continue reading

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The Mandovi, Panjim Inn and Taj Fort Aguada

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The Mandovi is the closest Goa has to a “Grand Hotel” in the vein of the Taj Mahal Palace in Bombay or the Grand Hotel in Calcutta.  Built in 1952, it was Goa’s first hotel that matched international standards, the … Continue reading

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Panjim (Panaji), or New Goa

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In 1943, Panjim was designated the capital of Goa. Almost a century earlier, the Viceroy and may residents of Old Goa had already moved their residences to this city by the mouth of the Mandovi River. It was a hasty … Continue reading

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Velha Goa (Old Goa)

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In the heyday of Velha Goa, one would have arrived by barge up the Mandovi River, docking to the north of the city proper, and arriving into Old Goa by way of the ancient Viceroy’s Arch. Today, it is far … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour III-8: Goa…and the Estado da Índia

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The name Goa conjures up these images of golden-brown beaches and idyllic palm trees swaying in the breeze, crumbling Portuguese mansions and the sweltering heat, and those age-old edificios – the cathedrals and churches that point to the territory’s history … Continue reading

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