Wednesday, February 26, 2014

South Pacific - French Polynesia

On our last day that we spent in the South Pacific we had lunch and a beer at this beach in Tahiti. Hinano had a new beer (Hinano Ambree). It was wonderful to drink. It pours a deep red with a thin layer of pure white head. Smells somewhat sweet with a hint of hops and then malty overtones. The taste was, in a word, shocking. Rich malty flavor with a touch of hops and a smooth, sweet finish. Then it was off to the airport and home. Now it is time for me to go off on another adventure. See you in a few weeks!

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

South Pacific - French Polynesia

This is for the people struggling with the latest winter storm back east. Picture yourself at this resort on Moorea instead.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

South Pacific - French Polynesia

Here is a view from Moorea looking across the channel to Tahiti.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

South Pacific - French Polynesia

From a viewpoint looking down on our ship in Opunohu Bay.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

South Pacific - French Polynesia

This is the second time I have visited French Polynesia. I have been to Bora Bora, Tahaa, Raiatea, Huahine and Tahiti. This is my first time to Moorea and it is by far my favorite. A few minutes from the island of Tahiti by plane, and only thirty minutes by high-speed catamaran, Moorea soars magically out of the ocean in an explosion of green velvet - what you would imagine a South Seas island to be. A wide, shallow lagoon surrounds the island's vertical mountains where poetic threads of waterfalls tumble down fern-softened cliffs. Peaceful meadows flanked by pinnacles of green will fill your senses and renew your belief in the majesty of nature. Pastel-painted houses surrounded by gardens of hibiscus and birds of paradise, circle the island in a fantasy of happy, yet simple villages.
Aimeo I Te Rara Varu - This, the island's poetic name, comes from the eight majestic mountain ridges; however, the name was later changed to Moorea-meaning "Yellow lizard"- following a dream by a high priest. Polynesian legend describes the panorama of volcanic ridges as the second dorsal fin of the fish that became the island of Tahiti. These pinnacles later inspired the mythical "Bali Hai" that was based on James Michener's book, Tales of the South Pacific. Here is an artist's view of this magical place.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

South Pacific - French Polynesia

One last flower from Bora Bora before we headed on to Moorea.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

South Pacific - French Polynesia

Today's abstract photo is from the lagoon around Bora Bora.

Monday, February 3, 2014

South Pacific - French Polynesia

It was early in the day, but it was also hot and humid so there was only one thing to do.