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  1. Nafplio is correct. We also walked down after the cab ride up. It's a really nice Greek town that is not over-touristed. I get the impression it's popular with Greek domestic travellers, but not so well known to international travellers. I'd like to go back.
  2. Rhodes and my port city both fly the blue and white flag of Greece. But you are still 738 km, mostly by ferry, from my port city.
  3. You could drive from Sibenik to my port city. But it would be a 1222 km trip.
  4. To get to this viewpoint, a fortress built in 1741, you can walk from the town up to the top of this 216-meter high hill, or take a taxi, as we did. The fortress is located above a town that has variously been occupied by Venetians, Ottomans, and Greeks. Today, the flag that flies above the fortress is blue and white.
  5. Ōpūnohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia. I have stayed twice at the Moorea Hilton and watched the ships at anchor here. The identifiable landmark in this photo is the Église catholique de Saint Michel https://goo.gl/maps/VreaJpp1RmoSueLU8
  6. Speaking of lockdowns, see my new post on France's lockdown and travel ban. It looks like the world is going back into a lockdown mode in many, many places. Given the Covid projections for this winter, I am skeptical that there will be a FP cruise season until late 2021 or early 2022. I have a Pacific Princess Tahiti cruise booked Jan 2022. We'll see.
  7. Looks like the French government is not allowing French citizens to travel to FP for tourism. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/430517/france-curbs-tourism-to-tahiti https://www.tahiti-infos.com/Les-touristes-metropolitains-ne-sont-plus-autorises-a-voyager-en-Polynesie_a195979.html ('Metropolitan' means mainland France in this article.) This will really be a blow to FP tourism, not that Covid infection rates were not already doing that. This just makes it official and basically bans French nationals from taking touristic trips to FP.
  8. Windstar has cancelled all sailings worldwide, through at least March 24, 2021, including the Wind Spirit Tahiti season. https://www.windstarcruises.com/travel-health-advisory/ This is not surprising given the record Covid infection rates in FP, France, Europe in general, and the USA. Will this be the last " temporary pause in operations"?
  9. I'm looking at my thread title, "FP Opens to International Tourists - How is it going?" Unfortunately, the answer to that question has become pretty obvious, and not in a good way. When I created this thread, I was anticipating that FP would find a way to keep the Covid infection rate under control, and be open to tourism, with a vigorous program of testing and contact tracing. Unfortunately, FP has a daily confirmed case rate that is now amongst the highest in the world. To add to the problem, FP is part of France, which is now under total lockdown, depriving FP of the tourists that it depend
  10. Here is a very detailed article (in French) about the procedures for social distancing and hygiene on the Aranui and Ponant (formerly Paul Gauguin) ships. There is a lot of information here. You should read this if planning a FP cruise: https://www.tahiti-infos.com/La-croisiere-lutte-pour-survivre-a-grand-renfort-de-mesures-sanitaires_a195495.html "The cruise struggles to survive, with a lot of sanitary measures"
  11. Tahiti and Moorea are implementing a 9pm to 6am curfew. This is intended to reduce the transmission of Covid. https://www.tahiti-infos.com/Couvre-feu-Telechargez-les-attestations-de-deplacement_a195421.html The outbreak has become pretty severe recently.
  12. The Aranui is is the news again for Covid https://www.tahiti-infos.com/Nouveau-cas-Covid-a-bord-du-Aranui-5_a195267.html If this sounds familiar, they previously had a Covid problem around Sept 27.
  13. I have a daughter who is 3rd year medical school. She and here associates are risking their lives treating Covid patients. On the other extreme, I have extended-family, science-deniers that believe every wackadoodle conspiracy theory that comes across the Internet - and of course they resent wearing masks because it is all part of some conspiracy. It saddens me greatly to see my country, with one of the greatest records of scientific accomplishments, turning into a science-phobic society that would rather believe in myths and rumors.
  14. Looks like they took the scenic route to Tahaa.
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