Say hello to the street with Houses of Goa


The first house you see as you drive towards the road…


There is a store and a museum of sorts upstairs…

Short doors, cute patterns…

The narrow lane with houses on either side…

What a cool Red door, right?

Aaaaaarggghh.. the windows and door seems to scream.. 

Notice the spiral on top?

This house had a cute red gate, and a slope that led to the door…

The Star of Lakshmi in front of a house

Isn’t that gate cute?


The tile work & bright yellow door…uff


Perspectives…. the swing outside the library


Funky gate and house

What a gorgeous house.. 

If you look atop the building, the wall is made of bottles…

Continuing my tradition of travelling around my birthday, this year too I was all set to pack my bags head out somewhere exotic/new/exciting.. Where did I go? Goa… Yep, a certain someone planned the trip and I was whisked away from the airport on a fabulous road trip… For someone used to travelling by train/flight/bus this was different and so much fun… Taking short breaks, enjoying the sights and sounds along the way, singing along to music, chit chatting about everything under the sun,moon & clouds.. Added bonus was I got to experience the crazy monsoons in Maharastra & Goa… Verdict- loved it… cant wait to do more such trips…. 

On my birthday, we infact stayed in the room cos it poured non stop through the day. Think we stepped out only for dinner, that too cos of a zomato goof up.. On the 3rd or 4th day, while having breakfast, digging into pancakes and hash browns, we were trying to figure out where to go.. Somewhere interesting, we can walk around and not worry about the rains too much. The weather was erratic- it would pour like crazy and then take a break for a few minutes, and rinse repeat… Plus neither of us wanted to do the usual touristy things. While talking to a friend who was from Goa, and doing some digging around on the net, I found “Houses of Goa” which sounded fun… 

Off we went, in search of this street that is known to have houses that were all of different shapes and sizes, some crooked and tall, while others had funky entrances, windows and doors. Located in Porvorim, it took us about 35- 40 mins to get from Calangute… The drive was beautiful, lush greenery, little traffic and ofcourse awesome company 🙂

As we got closer,  we were headed downhill when we spotted the wonky looking house right in the middle of the road and knew that had to be the place. Parked the car and walked around a while, enjoying the architecture, the bright pop of colours on one aspect of each of the houses before making a beeline for the tiny store in the narrow tall wonky house. 

There is also a museum put together by Gerard da Cunha.. The museum is the wonky building that I mentioned above and it looks like a triangle cone from some angles and a ship from another.. We did meet him at the Mario gallery as well later…. 

We then drove around a while, just along the roads to see where they took us before we made a turn and got back to where we began. That is when I spotted Mario’s gallery [ situated right next to the House of Goa street]. I was curious, and we parked once again but this time rains began, and we made a dash for the gallery… More on that in the next post… 

What do these houses remind you off? Have you been here? 

Location
Houses of Goa
Opp. Nisha’s Play School, Torda | Salvador do Mundo, Porvorim, India