Go-aaaaahhh! That’s how one feels after spending time in the land of sun and sand, with its old Portuguese traditions melding in with Indian traditions and culture, where food is of legendary repute and siestas are a must. The food market in the capital of Panjim, too, is an experience unlike any other food market. Where else would one be able to get fish that are still breathing, having been caught not more than 10 minutes ago? Where else can you choose which chicken you would like slaughtered for your dinner? Where else would the state of the hygiene practices make you want to run a 100 miles screaming in shock and horror? Ha! Fear not, it’s fresh, it’s wonderful and it’s all oh so very good!
The ancient Mariner might have been stuck out at sea with a malevolent spirit, but in Venice, in spite of the dominance of the Adriatic sea there are many a watering hole for the parched traveller. You’d be forgiven for using every word in the thesaurus for beautiful, charming and the like to describe Venice as it’s only when you get here that you realise that everything people say about this magical city is true (I know I said that about Florence, but it’s true!). Aside from its romanticism, charm and arresting beauty, Venice is placid. Venice is peaceful. Venice is a city that should be on everyone’s itinerary at some point in their life. And lest we forget, this is the very city where Shylock protested for his pound of flesh on the Rialto!