Journey to the Heart of Tahiti
Trip Day Sixteen: Sunday, October 7, 2007
Streets of Papeete
This is where the real people hang out.
We didn't see the up-scale area where the jet-set spends its time in paradise.|
After the tour, on the way back to the ship, we were offered the opportunity to shop
in downtown Papeete. But nobody accepted the offer. It was a Sunday, and downtown
was pretty much closed. The area seemed to have seen better days, and looked rather dowdy.
Our Guide Shows Off Tattoos
These seem to be normal decorations for Tahitians. The Polynesians have been known for their tattoos
throughout history. We didn't get a close enough look at those not working in the tourist industry to
determine if they are part of the normal "attire" for all the Tahitians.
The picture frames and the Tahiti title text of this site are also decorated with Tahitian
tattoo art. Ours would not be so painfully removed, however.
We are about 30 minutes from the port. According to our itinerary,
this should be the overlook park at One Tree Hill
overlooking Matavai Bay. We have read that Captain Cooked named the point
One Tree Hill because of a lone atae tree at the location.
There are now many trees on the hill.
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