I was going to do some research about goa & post what I found (history, facts, yaknow, the usual stuff') but then I was like, whattheheck! that aint what my blog is about. And plus, Goa can't be taught, learned, or read.  It can only be felt.  So, I hope these photographs make you feel a little bit of the magic that is Goa. And one memory I didn't get to photograph, but will forever be a memory in my mind's eyes: -:- & we went, motorcycling through the forest during the warm monsoon night. I held him tight as I looked up past the palm trees, and saw the stars smiling down at us.  As the wind kissed my hair, and the fireflies danced in freedom,  I thought to myself, this is what it feels like to be alive. -:- If you ever get a chance, go to Goa. You won't regret it.

Descanse em Paz, Afonso de Albuquerque.  A statesman, empire-builder, explorer, naval commander, and all-round crusader, the Duke of Goa (known as the Portuguese Mars, Caesar of the East, and the Lion of the Seas, among other more and less complimentary epithets) established the Portuguese in the Orient, started what came to be known as the Ottoman-Portuguese War in the process, was regarded as the finest naval commander of his age, and planned for the continued presence of the Portuguese in the East (planned very well, considering the Portuguese only just left Goa in 1961 and, gosh, didn’t leave Macau until 1999).  Albuquerque (not to be confused with the Duke of Albuquerque, Viceroy of New Spain, after whom Albuquerque, NM, was named) died on this date in 1515 at the age of 62.

Stamp details: Stamps on top: Issued on: August 1, 1938 From: Nova Goa, Portuguese State of India MC #407-408

Middle stamp: Issued in: 1946 From: Nova Goa, Portuguese State of India MC #436

Bottom left: Issued on: March 24, 1956 From: Nova Goa, Portuguese State of India MC #501

Bottom right: Issued on: May 3, 1958 From: Nova Goa, Portuguese State of India MC #529

Source: colnect.com