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It was a lovely morning with my son Karl all set for Goan village ride rather than his usual Pune City rides. Purpose of the ride to Queppem was also to visit our relatives. Karl was to stay over 4 weeks with his grand parrents with brother joining him week later. Previous day we fixed the basket ball Post all by ourselves. Besides cycling they had to play cricket, football etc.

So the ride began with whoops

Surrounded by the hills.

Getting brighter

Entering Queppem - Don Bosco School in the background

Reaching there but we did extra Kms as we could not find the house

Almost there

Laterite Stone construstion is very popular here.

St. Joseph Chapel Igramol

Understanding care & concern by Visiting Missionaries Of Charity

With the inmates

Palacio Do Deao (Quepem Goa) This 213 years old mansion was built by a Portuguese noble man, who was the Dean of the Church, and founder of Quepem town. The house faces the Church he built and is on the banks of the wildly beautiful Kushavati River. It is built in an unusual style blending elements of Hindu and Portuguese architecture.

Lush Gardens - 1

Lush Gardens - 2

Lush Gardens - 3

Lush Gardens - 4

Lush Gardens - 5

José Paulo - founder of Quepem. He was born to Faustino da Costa Pereira de Almeida and Margarida Ignacia da Encarnação Netto in the City of Braga in Portugal.

He was part of the entourage of Archibishop Dom Frei Manuel de Santa Catarina.
He arrived in Goa on the 3rd October 1779, at 19 years of age. José Paulo spent the remaining 55 years of his life here in Goa.

He died on the 10th of January 1835 at his residence in the Chapel of the Mount at Old Goa.

Bestowed with exceptional faculties of intelligence, he rapidly rose to positions of responsibility.

He began his public carrear in the Archidiocese as Secretario-Escrivao da Camara Pontificia on 30th Oct 1779

He spent a great amount of his energies dedicated to the rehabilitation of the two seminaries of Chorao and Rachol.

Find more info of the Palace on

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Happy Cycling

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