“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through, our purpose is to observe, learn, grow and love. And then we return home.”
– Australian Aboriginal Proverb
Palacio do Deao, a Charming Mansion in Goa
I had the good fortune of travelling to Goa, February this year; just before Covid-19 reared its ugly head in India.
These are a few snippets from Palaciao do Deao (Dean’s palace), an 18th century, mansion built by Portuguese nobleman, Jose Paulo, who founded Quepem town and was Dean of the church. Notice the little prayer altar above.
Surrounded by two acres of sprawling lush, gardens, and reclining by the Kushavati River, this enchanting mansion looks out onto the church, which Jose Paulo also constructed.
Palacio do Deao, after having changed multiple hands is now owned by Ruben and Celia Vasco da Gama, who have been actively engaged in reclaiming this historical beauty from ruins.
Ruben and Celia offer specially curated, freshly prepared Goan-Portuguese fare to their visitors on prior request and bookings. The sumptuous spread is delectable to say the least, with a myriad choice of local fare.
This is a must visit, though a little far if you happen to be put up in North Goa. But so worth the long drive.
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m
Phone: (91) 832 266-4029 or 98231 75639
On another note: Today I struggled to find the right pictures for #WW. My Mac is out of memory and though I was keen to take you all for another of those wilderness adventures to Africa – with videos and all; but no luck on that. Well, after much deliberation and back and forth scrolling through my phone photos, I stumbled right into the lap of Goa. Hope these made you smile. They surely did make me grin ear to ear. For a moment I thought the lockdown would render me picture-less!
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