A few weeks ago, I met up with a couple of friends from DC in Goa. It was great to catch up with them, look at some pretty architecture, and eat good seafood, sausages and bread! While we did walk for a bit along one of Goa's famous beaches, we spent most of our time exploring the current capital, Panjim, and the old capital, Old Goa. Panjim has a laid-back atmosphere with colorful houses along narrow streets. We stayed in a quiet part of Panjim in a picturesque refurbished Portugese mansion, complete with antique four-poster beds! Old Goa is filled with churches, some now abandoned and in ruins, but others very large and featuring gilded interiors -- demonstrating the power and wealth of the Portugese several centuries ago. As I hope you can see in these photos, it felt *almost* like I had left India for a few days!