We leave the pier and travel to the city of Panjim. This city is on the Mandovi River and is a colonial town with charm and warmth. It is a tiny slice of regal Portugal mixed with a colorful dash of Indian spice making it uniquely Goan. We head to the busy market. The smell of fish greets us as we step off the bus. We wander through the market viewing the different fish, shellfish, spices and vegetables.
Next we head to a Panjim villa to watch a cooking demonstration. Two local chefs demonstrate how to prepare Chapati (flat bread similar to a tortilla), Potato Bhaji, and a Shrimp Caldinha. We then savor a traditional Goan lunch of king fish, chicken, shrimp, and vegetables made with many of the same ingredients seen at the market. On our return to the ship, we travel through Panjim’s wide shady avenues viewing heritage mansions and the beach.