Tahiti: La France d'outre mer
Trip Start Aug 24, 2005
26Trip End Dec 23, 2005
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Tahiti and the nearby island of Moorea were not as idyllic as we had dreamed. Picture Hawaii (especially the outer islands), but with a heavy dose of French attitude. In spite of what we knew and what we anticipated, it still shocked us to hear French (or French pidgin at least) come from familiar Polynesian faces. As naturally as we had come to expect English in Hawaii, the French seemed foreign in this setting.
But here we were, in the middle of French Polynesia, foreigners ourselves in this new Gaugin twist of the Pacific
Rude, curt attitudes, uncomfortably long stares, and widespread line-cutting throughout our short stays in Papeete and the scenic island of Moorea, 30 minutes away by ferry, frequently jolted us from our idyllic South Pacific dream. To add insult to injury, Tahiti is expensive: c'est trop cher! So you pay dearly for this rudeness, and c'est dommage. No romantic over-water bungalow on this trip, nor could we squeeze in an extra trip to Bora-Bora. We had to save something to bring us back and what's more, either luxury would have required us to forsake our European plans. Bottom line: pad your savings accounts before you come to Tahiti, and better yet, consider an overpriced cruise to save you from exorbitant prices on shore. If the food and accomodations don't deplete your savings, the plethora of Tahitian black pearls certainly will!
This whole trip we've encircled Hawaii like a shark, underwhelmed by our tropical destinations in comparison to the 50th state