goa trip – day 10 : cabo de rama fort , magic italy palolem

goa trip – day 10

had a nice hangover this morning . silent disco was great last nite . spent a few hours round resort and pool at fern gardenia sweating it out

cloudy head lifted then did lunch at german bakery palolem – horrible . got a club sandwhich which was filled with shredded mayo chicken scraps and ‘canned fish’ [quote waiter] . a club sandwhich with fish ? and why in a fishing village would you use canned fish ? spring rolls where filled with nasty chinese slop and so fatty and tasteless . the iffy thick batter was soggy with fat . cakes looked ok but i was over the joint – i paid for everything except the club , and left most of it uneaten . unimpressed . as bad as the cold chicken enchiladas with bones in cafe fiesta [cafe fester!] .
after that slop we went to cabo de rama fort just north of agonda . 

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one of goas oldest forts was also a prison recently . it was a good nose for an hour or two . the outside had an overgrown moat and the entrance was thru big old doors .

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a sign outside advised about smashing it up would mean you would be getting a £60 fine . nice deterent . mind you the 3 months was another factor to bear in mind – and i cant imagine 3 months in an indian prison to be a ‘holiday’ as such !

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entry is gained thru the main gatehouse doors [as above]

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and out the other side into the fort grounds

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inside the fortified walls [which had so many stealthy slits in it]

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and things that probably let cannons fire thru [?]

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there was a church ,

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about 15 massive old cannons scattered all around the large site ,

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the date seemed to say 1906

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various buildings to explore that are slowly being reclaimed by the jungle trees

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with kitchen and bathroom remnants ,

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a faint old pathway or road runs thru the big open rocky field,

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and old bits of fortified walls are spread out with various vantage points

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large worn old steps

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and ramps

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lead up to huge cannon mounts

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 in excellent positions overlooking the bay

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if you venture further round the site youll find massive round stairwells leading down to the to sea front

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and general bits of old steel supports and walls

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you can walk on top of most of the walls

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along coastline and glimpse secret hidden bays like ‘cabo beach’ nearby

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and i think this would be agonda  [?] a few miles in the distance , vaguely captured on a zoom lense

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and down into the rugged bays and open seas and spectacular coastlines

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 you can see the odd fisherman if your lucky

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just keep following the walls  – burns off that booze in the afternoon heat .

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maybe someone can tell me what this is – poles with a soft top – too narrow to sleep on , too high to sit on , too small to shelter from the sun … hmmm ?

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and after circling the whole complex on the walls etc , you come back to the start

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saw 2 or 3 groups of a few tourists there in the whole large complex , not busy . took about 30 mins on bike from palolem [via agonda/cola] which was a really nice quiet drive thru a few villages and not hard to find . plus it is signed too a few times . we love getting out on the moped you can reach some awesome places . they where cable laying from main road all along to nearby village for about a mile on and off – you know the deal … jackhammers and bare feet lol . and also on the way there where roadworks with lots woman carrying huge baskets of rock on their heads and laying roads . jeez tuff work and so that heavy one person couldnt lift – a man was needed to help her get them on her head . shocking – what is wheelbarrow in indian language ? i mean women with tiles on their heads on agonda beach was grim , but v heavy bags of rock ???? i must remember that next time i feel like not working . the women work harder than the men the mrs pointed out and i agree !

was blistering hot today poss hottest yet and little wind . except for 2 hours of v light clouds one day , weather has been 10 days solid wall to wall sunshine . accuweather.com said it was “37/97* [feels like 107*]” . i swear it felt like 127* !!!

tried to eat at ‘ourem 88’ tonite and we couldnt get in , totally full all nite. had to book for weds . menu looked intersting and the owner [a brit] seemed great and apologetic – tables looked like they had solid food too . went for italian instead at magic italy . the food was even more awesome than the pizza a couple of days ago… 1/2 chicken baked in romemary with mash potato which was absolutely amazing mmmmm . seriously , so so well made . all other tables seemed to have great food but the mrs veg canneloni looked like it came from a findus frozen packet and the wost presentation ever , so plain and sad looking . it was literally chalk and cheese meals . while dissapointed for her … mine was sensational !!! would love to eat again and try something else cos their pizza is bad ass too , but cant see her going for that tho based on tonite somehow . worth checking out this place [but aoid cannelloni lol]. id definitely rate this as best italian based on the pizza and chicken dishes .

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