Islands, islands and more beautiful islands. Anchored in the sea, lunch at a small island. Eat, drink, be happy! Absolutely love the people on the boat, a very diverse set of backgrounds, including 11 Canadians.
Woke up at 4.30am to the sound of the yacht moving. It had stayed in Tahiti overnight due to the extreme storm conditions. The deck was wet and slippery, the ride whooshy and wobbly. At 7.30 we saw the first of this lush island. Serene, surreal. Went for a walk in the rain 🌂 soaking it all in, surrender.
For the record, at midnight tonight I will have had my longest day ever! 46.5 hours of Jan 4th!!!!! Few photos from my morning digs and few from my home for the next 7 days. The white yacht which looks so unassuming is it! Now settled on board with 140 other passengers and relaxing over a late lunch. Got a special package with unlimited WiFi, bar and laundry so now time to just soak in the seas. Service is superb. We are sailing in 2 hours….
“Welcome to Tahiti”, she said. Then “aaah, only one”?, and quickly proceeded to place the second garland around my neck. Haha. I am now technically not “ahead” of Toronto but Toronto is 7 hours ahead. Here we are, French Polynesia. The last ones to say goodbye to the day. Laid back? Yup, what’s the rush? P.S. Nice terrace…anyone for a cognac nightcap? There’s room…24 degrees.
This is when my head gets messed up. Left Nouméa this am. Now I leave for Tahiti. It is Jan 4th and I gain an hour and a day and land there on Jan 3rd. 3 hours getting here, 5 hours in transit and 5 hour flight there. Give take. All in all, could have flown Toronto-London-Toronto in same time. Remember I said this was a zigzag trip. Zig east and south, zzzzzzzz for a while and then zag east again. For the next 2 weeks I will be playing island musical chairs, boomerang City! Auckland and Fiji main hubs. Then there’s deja vu, same lounge. When was I here last? P.S. photo: grandma studying Cosmopolitan Nomad card, grandson could give (a) twopence.
When you wake up at 5am to the sound of birds and the soft ripple of the waves, just to catch that sunburst which occurs around 5.15. When the view is not majestic but just filled with beautiful ordinary sights. Today was spent visiting an island called l’escapade, non descript, but people happy and having fun. Today is the last day here. Chilled, breathing it all in. Temperature is perfect.
Out and about in Nouméa. Country #161. New Caledonia: population 300,000, spread across five major islands. Half native, 30% settlers and 20% newly arrived. French heritage. Awesome hospitality. Only issue is they keep sending bottles of wine to room. Good problem to have:), will gift to staff.