Random musings of a wandering soul

The Goan Holiday

So, finally we made it. The trip that has been in the works ever since we decided to take the plunge some thirteen years ago. Along the years, we added a few vehicles, a couple of kids and a home, not necessarily in that order.  The famed beaches of Goa kept beckoning throughout . Time and experience is still trying to teach me to grab  what I want, and this time I decided to heed their call.

The men wanted a resort and the women refused to resort to commercial hubs. Who won, is as always, a moot point. The trip started with a solo drive of five hundred kilometers through the lovely countryside of Karnataka…

country

….then a joint one through the last hundred and twenty five through  rain washed ghats…..

ghat

….and finished with the final five hundred meters with a daring drive ithrough probably the narrowest stretch of road in all of Goa.

We reached a small capella and an inviting sign board that pointed us to a driveway strewn with leaves and wild grass…..

driveway

…that led us to the most welcoming entrance that I had seen in a long time.

entrance

Cool and warm, overgrown shrubs and huge trees all around, there was nothing organized and artificial about the place. The plants grew at their own pace and flowered on will. There were leaves strewn everywhere and grass peeping up in some places and thriving in others. One look at the garage, the man was at home.

bikes

A peep inside, and I knew I had reached home as well.

inside

Two flights of steps made of solid stone up , the door opened to small passage, with a window that looked down…

courtyard window

….into a courtyard below

courtyard

The beds were huge and comfortable …

beds

….and the writing desk a piece of paradise….

shelf

The balcony opened out to another piece of heaven…

balcony

Sipping our morning tea, we felt like royalty…

tea

….yes, we did see some of the most beautiful beaches…..

aguada

…and thanks to our friend who stays in Goa, got around to one that was practically deserted. The kids and of course the parents, had their tummy full of salt water

morjim

Father and kids just fooled around in the pool the last day …..

jump

…while the mother curled herself up here

veranda

….leafing through some real treasures

ayesha books

The place belong to the lovely couple, Jamshed and Ayesha who runs J&A’s Ristorante Italiano in Bardez, Goa. Your eyes are sure to pop out as Ayesha tells you the house is just about seven years old. The love for details and passion to get things just right and totally at home is so evident as she goes on to say how the doors and windows and beams were brought in from second hand markets in Bombay and how they were lucky enough to inherit most of the antique furniture from their families.

The attention for even the smallest things is amazing, and I cannot but post some pictures of the lovely bathroom. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration when I say that one could easily spend a day in there…

bath

….even the soap dish captured my heart

soap dish

Yes, we feasted on the famous vindaloos and sorpotels …

sorpotel

….and an array of Goan fish delicacies….

fish thali

….but it is Capella that is going to stay with us for a long time. Kids know how to put feelings into words so well, as my six year old keeps saying, “I want to live there for ever”

capella 2

Epiphany struck the last night. The man in love with his bikes and jeeps, the woman with a treasure trove of books and love for cooking, and a home that is built from their heart and soul. Were we looking at a slightly older and far better looking versions of ourselves?

pictures courtesy – the man 🙂

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Comments on: "The Goan Holiday" (29)

  1. As always it was great to read…! capella looks awesome…! I dont know whether you know this place…Its near thekkady but its a GEM…http://aanavilasam.com/ Its a plantation house run by kottayam pushpanaths son…! Its beautiful and peaceful…! I have been there..!
    Cheers..

  2. That is one eye-popping sojourn I have come upon! The ambience is bewitching and that writing desk is a dream…. I am happy for you.

  3. It looks straight out of a novel. 🙂

  4. Oh this is just the kind of vacation I want…or better this is exactly what I dream to do when I am done with raising kids. What a lovely home and the collection of books!!!!

  5. I just love, love the Capella. I so wish we had stayed in a place like this in Goa. Sounds absolutely magical! What a truly gorgeous place.. And what a wonderful holiday! You make me yearn.. for a holiday just like this.

  6. Your holiday sounds like a dream, and the homestay like something out of a novel. 🙂 Reminded me of the heritage home we stayed in when we went to Pondicherry. I would definitely like to stay at the Capella when we visit Goa next. 🙂

  7. WOW. Sounds like a perfect holiday. The pictures are just perfect.

  8. Wow! What a lovely place! Loved all the pics esp the window that looked down. Must have had a great time….

  9. Hi Bindu! What a fabulous account of your few days at Capella! So glad you enjoyed it so much. Loved the photos too. Jamshed was most chuffed you took photos of his precious hand-crafted cafe racer bike and my old books too! It’s always great having guests like you stay with us. Hope to see you again sometime. All the best. Ayesha

  10. I absolutely love Goa but this house is something else!! I will definitely recommend it to my parents!!

  11. I too had visited Goa during the first week of October with my friends and we enjoyed it like hell 😀 Goa is truly splendid and not to mention about the yummy food that it offers!!! I would also like to visit this wonderful house next time 🙂 your post made me revisit Goa again 🙂

  12. Gorgeous pics and just the kind of vacay I’d love to go on.

    And seriously, “I want to live there for ever” says it all :-))

  13. Just a place that is straight out of Victorian novels. Loved the feel of the place. Goa is beautiful and always a joy. Glad that you could make the trip and spend some quality time here.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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