The first sighting of Bora Bora is always exciting – the beautiful proudly dominant mountain Otemanu looking down on the multi-coloured seas surrounding the island. It has become known as a lover’s island and really nowhere could be more romantic. The smell of frangipani blooms and everywhere flowers; hibiscus bushes towering over small roadside houses… Continue reading Do you have a Bora Bora on your bucket list?
So this must be what it was like in Hawaii 50 years ago – sleepy little villages, amazing beaches, crystal clear waters all crowned with dense tropical foliage. Our Paul Gauguin cruise itinerary brought us to the shores of this island to spend a magical day. We decided against any of the organised excursions and… Continue reading Laid back Huahine
As I sit on the balcony of my suite on the lovely Paul Gauguin the magical island of Huahine sits bathed in early morning sunshine. Last night’s crossing from Papeete was a little tippy but then we are on a rather small ship and one designed specifically for the shallow waters of the lagoons surrounding… Continue reading Crepes and eels in French Polynesia
let’s just hope that William does a better job than Charles did
There was one young man who had manners in the Dominican Republic and he was beaten to death.
Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles.
Source: Politics (bk. VII, ch. IV)
There are so many of them they slither over each other and their long claws make clacking noises on the pavement. Ugh – even now I can’t suppress a shiver.
The ship is so intimate there is always the opportunity to exchange stories about our home towns, children and grandchildren.
My favourite cruising days are sea days. I have had many clients who want maximum number of port stops on their itinerary and when I tell them how much I love sea days they are usually puzzled. So let’s go through a typical sea day (like yesterday Day 7 on my Seabourn cruise). 9.30 am… Continue reading Sea days – Day 7 on Seabourn
Panama has had record rainfall these last few weeks – in fact the Panama Canal itself was closed for almost a day early in December; something that has only happened 4 times in its history. Despite misgivings that I might be consigning myself to a muddy walk through snake infested jungle, I signed up for… Continue reading A hike in the rainforest – day 6