Monday, March 31, 2014


Papeete, Tahiti

Tahiti is a place that the Oldies have wanted to see for as long as I've been with them. Dad specially wanted to see it because of the history and the romantic novels that are attached to the place. Well, it came as a bit of a shock to them. The island is spectacular with jagged, jungle covered mountains. The areas away from the towns are probably OK too, but we only had time to check Papeete and Venus Point. Apart from some of the parks, Papeete is a run-down, scruffy sort of place. A bit like the descriptions of backwater villages in the stories about the South Seas. Some of the old buildings are great examples of colonial architecture, so it is an interesting place to roam around. The traffic is horrendous, about as bad as Cairo according to the Oldies. However, sailing into the harbour early in the morning is beautiful. The top picture shows part of the outer suburbs of Papeete and one of the valleys where most Tahitians lived before Europeans arrived. The bottom photo shows some of the reefs and bays, looking toward Papeete from a lookout point near Venus Point. Actually, I would like more time in Tahiti so that I could see some of the areas away from "civilization".

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