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GRAND Travel
A few days before the getaway, our son let slip that we were
going to Goa. I was thrilled. While I normally don't gravitate to
laid-back beach vacations, I was ready for a break from our typical
on-the-go travels.
Our daughter-in-law made reservations at Ahilya By the Sea in
Goa. This boutique hotel in a secluded location was perfect for a
baby who followed a routine of eating and sleeping. While many
love sun bathing on Goa's beaches, we were fascinated by our surroundings. Throughout the day, we watched the fishermen on the
nearby beach. In the early morning, we looked for the dolphins
that graced the shoreline. The beach was non-swimming but there
were a couple of swimming pools that we shared with an assortment of local birds.
When our grandson fussed, we rocked him joyfully as we
walked through the pristine, manicured grounds or we'd swing in
one of the hammocks. After he fell asleep, we'd park ourselves on
a lounge chair so he could continue napping outside. I embraced

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the tranquil ambiance which was occasionally interrupted by a
chirping bird. A constant breeze from the bay transported the
fragrance from the nearby exotic tropical plants and flowers.

For convenience, we ate most of our meals onsite. The
selection of fresh ingredients far surpassed my expectation
for a tiny Indian hotel. The chef prepared meals that included
Goan, Italian, and French cuisines. The waiters made us feel like
royalty.
Sightseeing with a baby requires patience and flexibility. Eating
and touring have to revolve around the baby's schedule. When
it was our grandson's lunchtime, we shared small plates at a
beachside restaurant.
After lunch, we explored Old Goa. Beads of sweat annointed
All nine rooms were occupied. No two were alike in d├ęcor, their our bodies as we meandered through Old Goa. Our grandoverall arrangement, or size. Fortunately, our son and daughterson slept on our son's shoulder while we looked at old church
in-law's room was larger than most with room for the portable
buildings that dotted a park-like setting. By the time we
crib. With his parents in the room bedtime became playtime until reached the historic Portuguese area of Fontainhas, it was feedthe wee hours of the night so our exhausted son and daughter-in- ing time again. Our plans were cut short. We scurried back to
law came knocking at 6:00 AM. Ah, the glory of being grandparthe hotel.
ents. It's fun to come to the rescue.
If we weren't traveling with a baby, we would have trekked
about a mile along the coastline from Ahilya to the nearby 16th
century Reis Magos Fort and may have also considered going to
Fort Aguada and the Museum of Goa.
Happy parents with their good 'lit'l traveling' baby
It is rare that I'm able to accomplish everything I plan for a
couple's trip. This will be doubly so whenever we plan an intergenerational trip. Expectations will need to be tamped down to
accommodate our grandchildren's needs. Yes, I remember the
good old days when we traveled with our four sons. Every trip
included an unexpected twist, an extra dose of patience, and
occasionally a trip to the pediatrician. When frustrations mounted,
we'd take a deep breath and laugh. As grandparents, it's certainly
less stressful.

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When frustrations mounted,
we'd take a deep breath
and laugh

Traveling grandmom, Sandy Bornstein, is
a freelance travel & lifestyle writer, content
coordinator & content writer for Golden Living
She is the award-winning author of May This Be
the Best Year of Your Life. Learn more about her
here and here.
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