|We left Auckland for Tahiti on the fifth and arrived on the fourth! We were met at the airport with floral leis! A nice touch. This place smells way better than Alice or (town of)Katherine!
Tahiti is a very French island -- most speak French with some English, Francs are the currency and two cheek kisses are required! Since our reports to you from Feb 20, I have been typing on a French keyboard, so if there are more than the usual errors, it is because this board is so different. I have yet to find an apostrophe!!
We are at a lovely hotel with a beautiful pool. The ocean is wild and the waves crash with a resounding roar. The beaches are black volcanic sand-- really, really black with glistening gold specks. We thought we would be snorkeling here, but nothing to view in this pounding surf.
We are relaxing and enjoying the pampering. We went for a tour of the island including Paul Gauguins museum. There is a great blow hole by the side of the high way; The tide rushes under the road and water and air is forced through a small hole. The result is a huge blast of mist which just screams through the narrow channel. Very funny.
It is about 35 degrees during the day with about 90 percent humidity. A walk for even a few blocks leaves us drenched in sweat! The big decisions include: umbrella, pool, chaise lounge and in what order-- boy this is a tough life!
This is going to be a great way to end our travels. Tomorrow we begin checking out the other islands in this Pacific chain.
Until the next computer.....
Photos still to come.