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Thank you so much for the great pictures. They are much appreciated. The Boston area received a foot of snow yesterday, with snow forecasted for Saturday, Sunday, and blizzard warnings for Monday.
July can't come soon enough. Linda:-)

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[quote name='TheDee']Thank you so much for the great pictures. They are much appreciated. The Boston area received a foot of snow yesterday, with snow forecasted for Saturday, Sunday, and blizzard warnings for Monday.
July can't come soon enough. Linda:-)[/QUOTE]

Glad I could help in your time of 'need' :D

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You're killin' me Tahitianbigkahuana! All these great feelings flood back! I'm so ready to get the "flu" again!

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[quote name='swissgma']You're killin' me Tahitianbigkahuana! All these great feelings flood back! I'm so ready to get the "flu" again![/quote]

I'll give you the flu :)

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[quote name='Tahitianbigkahuna']Time for another picture to keep your motors running ....

Taken on Huahine

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LOVE it❤️[emoji267]


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A great place to spend a few days before or after your Paul Gauguin cruise ...
The views from your OWB can be breathtaking ...

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The wedding chapel at the Intercontinental Resort and Thalasso Spa .....

How is that for a backdrop for your big day ....

This a a great resort for day use while visiting Bora Bora ...

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A little fun ........

Who can name the place where this picture was taken and what famous 'excursion' is shown.

A hint ... picture taken about 20 years ago.

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Nobody took a shot at answering the question ....

This is a picture of the famous Bali Hai on Moorea. About 15 years ago the place was sold so the Pearl organization so they could build a new resort. The huts were not torn down but were dismantled and given to families who worked at the Bali Hai or had a connection with the Bali Hai Boys. If you go around the island of Moorea you will keep seeing huts that look alike but are in different areas. The Bali Hai Boys had the place built over 55 years ago. The 'Boys' originally from Southern California introduced the world to OWB's.

The 'barge' on the right was the famous "Liki Tiki" phonetically "leaky Tiki". The Leaky Tiki was used for evening parties and during the day excursions in the lagoon. There were 3 Leaky Tiki's one on Moorea, Raiatea and Huahine as each island had a property built by the Bali Hai Boys.

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Catching the early morning light ... and a cup of coffee. Taken at around 6:00 am. Moorea sits in the background.

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[quote name='Tahitianbigkahuna']Catching the early morning light ... and a cup of coffee. Taken at around 6:00 am. Moorea sits in the background.

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Nice, looks very peaceful...Lucky YOU:cool:

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Was over sorting vanilla beans yesterday and I thought it would be a good idea to give you a few pointers on what to look for when your buying vanilla beans during your trip to French Polynesia.

Your looking for beans that have a shine to them as that tells you the oils are plentiful. Sometimes you will see a bean with no shine and it's shriveled up. This is a good indicator that the bean was picked green, don't buy it. Ideally you want a shine, somewhat flexible and if your lucky the bean will have a small burst in one of the seams, not all the way open but never less a split in the seam, this is probably a bean picked when it was fully ripe, a good one to buy. Also if the beans have mold on them don't buy it.

These beans are good, not perfect but pretty good .... color may be different from different regions, these beans shown are from Madagascar, usually the beans I bought in FP seem to be a bit darker.
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A touching moment between one of the dancers from the troupe 'Kids of Huahine' and a Paul Gauguin cruiser. The dancer is gently placing a head piece on the cruisers head. It's an honor to be chosen to receive this personal gift ... giving honor to elders is still very much alive in French Polynesia. The troupe usually performs on-board late in the afternoon while the Paul Gauguin in visiting the island of Huahine.

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Entering the reef at Cook's Bay Moorea ... notice how crowded the ship is ... sarcasm. Actually the PG has one of the highest ratios of public area to the amount of passengers she carries :)

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Intercontinental Moorea Resort ...
A nice ship excursion for a day at the beach ...

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Another group of cruisers are about to board and head off to paradise ...

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[quote name='Cruisedreamer1']Notice the scratch marks on the sides of the ship? The marks are of passengers not wanting to leave our wonderful crew and ship![/quote]

Put a smile on my face ... thanks :cool:

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Another group arrives at Motu Mahana ....... greeted by a Polynesian god ... the PG sits gracefully in the background.

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[quote name='Cruisedreamer1']Notice the scratch marks on the sides of the ship? The marks are of passengers not wanting to leave our wonderful crew and ship![/quote]
Motu Islander is one of the biggest culprits.
I just pat the side gently and say see you later, alligator.

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[quote name='Emdee']Motu Islander is one of the biggest culprits.
I just pat the side gently and say see you later, alligator.[/quote]

Alligators are typically freshwater ...

Crocodiles are better for saltwater and like the warmer weather .....

so .......... 'I just pat the side gently and say see you later, crocodile.'

I usually just say, "miss you girl" ........ ships are always girls

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A sea day ... Rarotonga to Bora Bora ... early morning light ..

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Christmas Day 2015
Bora Bora

As many of us have stated, the crew of the PG is like family ... 'Santa' giving his room steward a Christmas gift ......

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The Paul Gauguin sits gracefully in Cook's Bay Moorea ...

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So long Moorea, until next time. Taken the last night of the cruise as we left Moorea heading back to Tahiti ... Darn Tahitian Flu :)

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