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By a sunny (and not yet too hot) afternoon I went for a walk in a 'village in the city', a haven of peace in the bustling metropolis, a jump from Mumbai to Bombay, a flashback one hundred and fifty years ago...

More specifically I went to Girgaon (or Girgaum) and in Khotachiwadi. There you can see bungalows (28 of them are left of the original 65) Portuguese-style – the Portuguese, let's not forget about it, were the first foreigners to land in Mumbai (in 1536) and it is only in 1661 that they gave it away to the British as part of the dowry of a Portuguese princess marrying a Britisher.

And chawls or wadis, cluster of three-four story buildings around a central open courtyard (more about these structures in my next post).

All of these about to be replaced by modern towers...

And it’s a pity...

Khotachiwadi - March 2014

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Views of Mumbai seaside

An evening walk through the fisherman village (Chuim) to reach Carter Road, along the Arabian sea…

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Bike road-trip to Murund fort, Maharashtra

What happens when IndianSamourai decides to go for a bike road-trip?


 Well you get 4 bikers with their ass on fire after driving 340 kilometers on the roads of Maharashtra (which are only a mix of holes (craters I should say) and speed-breakers) and a black face because of the last kilometers in the traffic in the outskirts of Mumbai.

But ABOVE ALL 4 bikers (or at least 2 passengers) delighted by their ride on the Konkan coast, by the sailing (where we felt like illegal immigrants as the boat was overloaded), by the exploration of the fort in the middle of the sea (where it is possible to escape and leave the Indian tourists following the guide), by the break on Kashid Beach (and especially by the nap in the hammock while the lunch was getting prepared just for us (and it took an hour) in a tiny shack)!

A perfect Saturday!!


Murud, Maharashtra - Feb 2014

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