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Day 7 in India-Goa-01/30/2015

posted Jan 31, 2015, 4:08 AM by Sakina Bajowala   [ updated Feb 18, 2015, 4:27 AM ]
Today, we went on a tour of 2 churches and the Spice Garden. After breakfast, our driver took us to Old Goa, which has many old churches. It turns out that the Portuguese came and made the Hindus switch their religion to Christian. India regained control of Goa in 1961. Since then, Goa was known for its history. Many tourists come to these churches to learn about the history of Goa. This part of Goa is called Old Goa. Built in the 16th century, the Basilica of Bom Jesu important shrine for the Christians of India, as the remains of St. Francis Xavier are held at the church. Then, we went to the other church. It was turned into a museum. My dad bought us tickets, and we went inside. I saw lots of statues of different Saints. They told us their birth, feast, death, and gave us a little description about their life. After that, our driver drove us to the Spice Garden. We got our tickets, and then crossed a long bridge. There were lots of small fish surrounding the bridge. They gave us a flower necklace and a red dot on our head. We drank some hot water, and then our tourist guide came. She told us about all the different spices and how they can help injuries or problems with your skin, or in particular, body. Then, we ate lunch their. After a while, we went to a Greek restaurant called Thalassa. It was on a cliff above a beach. The sunset looked so amazing. The food was really tasty. We stayed there for about 4 hours and came back to the hotel to sleep.