Tahiti et ses iles “Tahiti and her Islands”

Our first day in Tahiti’s main city of Papeete is filled with beauty,  we woke to a extraordinary  sunrise from our patio at the Fare Swiss pension, which has a overview of the center of Papeete. We start the day with a light breakfast of coffee, juice, mangos, papayas and pastries. Than its off to the central city Papeete of Tahiti’s,  a Island that inhabits 170 thousand  people. First stop is the bank to exchange some currency. We found the best rates for exchange at the Bank of Polynesia not only were they charging less for the exchange but gave a better rate of exchange.  After changing in USD for FPF , we grabbed a taxi to take us over to the Port de Papeete to see about obtaining a passage tickets to the Archipel des Tuamotu.  This is not an easy task as  we find out,  many of the cargo ships either don’t take passengers or take so few that they are booked weeks in advance. After visiting several cargo ship offices and finding out we are not going to make it easily to our destinations in a short travel, and will have to detour to other islands before even getting close to where we’d like to be. So we settle with having to travel to many islands by way of a ship, 2 boat rides and plane. Our first vehicle of travel is the cargo ship “SAINT-XAVIER MARIS-STELLA III” tickets on the Maris Stella which is departing first thing in the morning 6 am, cost per ticket was $60usd. This departure time has moved up our schedule and left us just a few hours to get our supplies in order such as food and water and contacting family members before we become detached from  the world we‘ve been living!  We headed back to the center of Papeete and have a lovely lunch at a popular brasserie on the main street, which consisted of an egg and ham baguette sandwich and some deserts termuso, and a raspberry tart with mineral water and coffee latte. JR and I were both very satisfied by the Tahitian/French lunch, than it was off to the market place to buy food supplies for our voyage.  Most of the cargo ship only offer a passage of voyage. So your on your own when it come to surviving the crossing over the open ocean, and we’re not going to take any chances and we need to get prepared food and supplies. The Papeete Market place is a real colorful and cultural place , although it was empty of tourist and the local people were the only ones really around, the venders who were very nice and helpful  and made up most of the crowd in the market place. This is a really great market to see a wide range of  the local produce, crafts and other products.  We ended up purchasing some essential oils and fatty oils along with some handmade shampoos and soaps.  Our next stop was the super market for beverages and additional items, we arrive to the super market and within minutes I knew I was in heaven as the market has many of the French items you can not obtain in the USA, which are on the top of my most treasured foods, starting first with a mustard by the named Amore,  followed by dried Sausages and of course a long list cheeses….I’m a happy camper as they say!  By this point JR and I are ready for a nap so we head back to our pension which is onlya few blocks away. After a 2 hour nap we head out for our first and last dinner in Tahiti.  Earlier in the day I had noticed a restaurant in the center of downtown that had a local crowd hanging out at it so I figured that it was a good location to checkout., and what a good idea it was. We started with a  salad with formage  de cheve, followed by  steak and pommes frites with béarnaise sause followed by a Sorbet for JR and a crème brulee for myself.  What a great meal this was and one that would be needed for the journey ahead, the cost was less than we’d pay back in the USA.  Infact, most of the cost so far were cheaper than that in the USA, so forget the talk of high prices in Tahiti folks.   After finishing a fantastic meal we headed back to the pension as we  have an early start tomorrow,  and we need to packed and get ready to go by 5am.

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~ by crr1962 on July 10, 2010.

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