Travelogue, Part 7: Moorea, Day 2

Hoping to get a quick overview of the interior of the island of Moorea, Gail and I joined the Island Drive and Belvedere tour on Friday morning. An air-conditioned bus! Our first stop was Belvedere Lookout. We saw Mt. Rotui with Cook’s Bay to the right and Oponohu Bay on the left and the famous […]

Travelogue, Part 6: Moorea, Day 1

The MS Paul Gauguin dropped anchor off the island of Moorea early Thursday, June 7th. I was scheduled to go on a hike with a naturalist, but that shore excursion was canceled when the naturalist sustained a leg injury. So Gail and I decided to create an adventure of our own. We rode the tender […]

Travelogue, Part 5: Bora Bora, Day Two

Gail and I began our second day in Bora Bora on a tour around the island in Le Truck. I wish I had written down our tour guide’s name! She spoke fluent English and French and took great pride in showing us around her beautiful home. Notice the red hibiscus flowers hanging from the beam. […]

Travelogue, Part 4: Bora Bora, Day 1

Bora Bora. Just like in the movies. Tuesday morning, June 5th, the MS Paul Gaugauin dropped anchor in Bora Bora, a picture postcard kind of place. I started the day with a chocolate croissant and a handful of mixed nuts and a rainbow. Then Gail and I caught the tender to the pier where we […]

Travelogue, Part 3: Taha’a

Something Gail ate for dinner Sunday night disagreed with her so I was on my own for my Monday morning shore excursion in beautiful Taha’a. I left with my group in a motorized outrigger canoe and visited Poerani, a black pearl farm, where our knowledgeable guide shared the ins and outs of Tahitian black pearls […]

Travelogue, Part 2: Raiatea

I sat on my balcony and watched the sun rise over the ocean the morning of Sunday, June 3rd. It was unforgettable. At approximately nine o’clock, we docked on the island of Raiatea, the second largest of the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Gail and I had booked a shore excursion in the afternoon, so […]

Travelogue, Part 1: Tahiti

  Today I begin my five-part travelogue about my recent trip to the islands of French Polynesia. * * * May 31st started early. My carry-on loaded to the gills, I arrived at my friend Gail’s house at 4:15AM. We rode together to the Atlanta airport, went through security, found our gate. Then it was […]

MS Paul Gauguin: Tahiti and French Polynesia

I got home late Saturday night from my cruise vacation to the islands of Tahiti, Raiatea, Taha’a, Bora Bora, and Moorea on board the MS Paul Gauguin. MS Paul Gauguin It was a dream come true. Sigh. I got to practice my French… Moorea eat gourmet food every night… Escargot interact with native people… Bernadette […]