June 13, 2010 Still playing catch-up on blog posts long waiting for reliable wifi connection...
If you’re as old as I am, you might remember the catch phrase from a TV advertisement in Australia about 30+ years ago for ... I don’t remember what, Palmolive soap or something... a wealthy woman is reclining in the tub aboard her private jet while perusing a travel brochure. “Tahiti looks nice”, she says understatedly to her manservant, and the jet immediately changes course for Tahiti.
French Polynesia, in particular, Tahiti et ses Iles, maintains the reputation; exotic and expensive travel destination. The black pearls are exquisite, the snorkeling in the atoll lagoons incredible, the people beautiful and friendly, the coconut palms plentiful, the baguettes warm and crusty. It’s true, whether on the US dime or Aussie dough, everything but the baguettes looks horribly overpriced.
|Moorea from the anchorage in Papeete|
|Swimming with the stingrays and sharks in Moorea. Photo credit Elliot.|
Our top priorities this time are to resolve our computer problems, i.e. get the navigation and communication computer repaired or replaced, attend to some wear and tear on sails (they’re really in pretty good condition) and organize Daisie’s travel to Australia. Then there’s some serious 21st birthday shopping with Elliot. Also laundry and re-provisioning of food, water and fuel to be done. The fun never stops.
Wait, hold everything, I think I’ll go shopping in Papeete. I need something new to wear with my stunning Tuamotu pearl. I wonder, is there anything wrong with a complete wardrobe of pareos, long and short, in assorted colors and designs? Like “she” said, “Tahiti looks nice”.
|Miss Bora Bora and dancer|
|A couple of likely-looking lads|
|What is it with the French.. and English! Food package info in four different (& obscure?) languages but no English!|
|Farewell friends on Anthem, Inspiration Lady and Jackster. We'll see you in a year or so when you get to Australia.|
|One last look at those fabulous Heiva dancers|