Wednesday day 14, woke up not feeling well, ate very little breakfast again. We all took the 1st ferry boat to the Island of TAHA"A. We toured the entire Island took many memorable pictures--my stomach and head were aching, but I really didn't want to complain they were all having so much fun and after all this is a once in a lifetime journey for me, I want to enjoy it as much as I can.
Taha's was once the center for fire walking ceremonies, but today they are pretty rare.
|We didn't have a lot of time on this Island, these local Police officers||assisted us in finding a driver to take us up the mountain|
|some of the local scenery|
|the black pearl farm|
|this woman seriously impressed me, she chops coconuts all day|
|150 chopped coconuts are in this bag ready to go to the local industries for processing|
|this is the Island where Tahitian Vanilla is grown|
|they bud into a flower, then the pod appears the smell is heavenly|
|our drivers home|
|there are 3 of these buildings in a row, it is where our driver and his extended family have dinner|
|this is typical Eric--he loves the local imagery|
|Jesus, loved the coconut milk|
|Anthony, a quiet gentle man|
|Conchi and Maria, beautiful women|
|the driver stopped by a local market where we could pick up a cold drink and Eric came back with this beauty to share|
|Our group and the driver saying goodbye|
|The Paul Gauguin Private Moto was beautiful|
|I think I could sit here all day too|
|This was a motu filled with tropical spaces, the cruise served us a traditional Polynesian lunch|
|a view from the motu to the Paul Gauguin|
Day 15 Moorea--my favorite Island of all of them--I stayed on the ship while Eric took the rest of them on a 4x4 ride up the mountain to the fruit farm and some other amazing areas we had not explored in the 1st 5 days we stayed there on the Island. I packed both my bag and Eric's bag, made preparations with the crew to disembark when Eric arrived back. I didn't really get to say goodbye to Maria, Antonio, Jesus and Conchi--Eric and I were able to get off the ship safely to the peer, took the next ferry boat to Papeete, and made it on the next flight to LAX and then home....finally home sweet home--I could not wait to see my kids, grandkids and share our experiences with them.