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Sunset On Moorea
We avoided the hustle bustle of Tahiti and
headed quickly to the small island of Moorea
about 9 miles off the coast of the main
island across the Sea of the Moon.



Dramatic Volcanic Landscape



Family Fare 
(fa RAY-meaning house)
Small beach with bungalows rented out by
local Polynesians. Take the boat out upon the
crystal clear and awesomely deep water.



Liquid Sunset
It's all about water and sun.



Resorting To Luxury
We spent our last days in Moorea at the Sofitel Ia Ora Resort



Living On Wine and Baguettes
This is FRENCH Polynesia, after all.
Restaurant food was exorbitant so we
made our francs stretch by living on
pasta, bread, cheese and NZ apples.
And lots of French red wine.



Storm On A White Beach
Like a painting. Wind churned the sea into a milky turquoise
and clotted the sky violet and gray. Stepping along the empty beach
upon that sand of detritus coral released glassy sounds into the ionized air.
A peak experience.



Au Revoir Moorea



Bonjour Papeete
(pa pa YET tay)
Mainland Tahiti looms in the distance.



Papeete Armpit
A lot of slummy looking buildings moldering away
in the niches behind the chichi boutiques selling:



Black Pearls



Suntan Lotion



And Hookahs!




Take A Breather
Smoke a cigarette, drink a Hinano beer (or Absinthe perhaps?)
Listen to the relaxing sound of a traffic jam as you gaze upon
the billion dollar yacht with the helicopter pad. I didn't like Papeete. 

Down On The Waterfront
Eating at Les Roulottes. Literally "Rolling Trucks"-family-run
vehicles that roll up, park and cook you fresh inexpensive fare.
Everything from Asian noodles, grilled fish to, of course, crepes.



Evening Falls
Upon the shopping centers of Papeete.
Finally, it's time to head back.  



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