Day 2, Monday, Jan 31, Bora Bora, Casual

Trip Start Jan 26, 2011
Trip End Feb 13, 2011

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Flag of French Polynesia  , Society Islands,
Monday, January 31, 2011

While setting my alarm for 5, I actually woke up about 15 minutes earlier and left the room right at 5.  I stopped up in the fitness center and chatted with Keith for about 10 minutes, then dropped down to the lido and grabbed a cup of coffee which I drank in the course of my first lap around the Promenade Deck.  I walked 5 miles (17 laps) before breakfast, and then another mile a bit later with walk vest and trekking poles.  Bora Bora, part of French Polynesia, is a beautiful volcanic island about 300,000 years old, and is surrounded by a barrier reef and lagoon.  It served as an US base in WWII and the airstrip there was French Polynesia's only international airport until Papeete's opened in 1962.  The population is about 8800.

I looked around the town a bit in the morning but didn't see a lot of interest and returned to the ship for lunch.  My afternoon tour was on a glass bottom boat.  We tendered into town and then headed out about 1 miles to the reef where there were a wide variety of fish.  Our guides roped two boats together, ours and one from the Royal Princess, and started diving under and feeding the fish creating quite a frenzy.  We all watched the show for about a half hour, including some fighting eels, and then returned to town and our tenders.  I attended about the last half hour of tea in Palm Court (lightly attended but elegant as usual), and then a sailaway party on decks 12 and 13 with rum punch.

It was a casual night on the ship with an elegant dinner in the main dining room (I had the salad entree (featuring chicken breast, fruit, and walnuts), beef broth and apple tart a la mode.  We had our cruise critic meet and mingle between dinner seatings in Palm Court with about a dozen in attendance, so I finally got to meet Crickette, Anne Marie, and others.  We were joined by Crystal Society Hostess Jaque Brown.  I stopped briefly at our travel consortium reception in Pulse, followed immediately by the evening's entertainment next door in the Stardust Club.  Pianist Philip Wojciechowski (pronounced nearly "Where's your house key" per Gary Hunter) gave a concert "A Musical Journey from Chopin to Gershwin".  Featured music included selections from Mozart and Rachmaninov along with some American standards and a wonderful jazz arrangement of a Bach Fugue.

Today's parting shot comes from some remarks of Mr. Wojciechowski.  He spoke of Bach's spirit and willing to improvise as being in the spirit of today's jazz.  Not just with music but in life we try to draw boundaries and segregate things in boxes.  How much richer life is when we recognize the relationships of things and work with what we have in common with other people and other concepts.


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