• Stockholm Stockholm
    5 year resident, to guide around the local wonders
  • French Polynesia French Polynesia
    6 islands in the South Seas
  • some image Tokyo Tour
    1-day walk around the best spots
  • Japanese Wedding Japanese Wedding
    The dark side of the rising sun
  • Skyline Hong Kong
    Skylines, bar streets, markets & islands
  • some image Fashion shopping in Tokyo
    The best souvenir of Japan is not omiyage
  • Sydney Opera Australia
    Sydney's NYE, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef
  • Gecko Hawaii
    Aloha nature wonders
  • Yakushima Yakushima
    Hiking the Princess Mononoke Forest
  • Ishigaki Lighthouse Ishigaki
    Okinawa's shades of blue
  • Yuki Matsuri Hokkaido
    Powder Snow Festival
  • Daikanyama Daikanyama
    Tokyo's SoHo
  • Cosplayer Comiket
    The Biggest Cosplay Event
  • Cherry Tree Blossom Hanami (花見)
    Sakura by the skyscrapers
  • Hiroshima bomb time Hiroshima
    The Bomb & Miyajima
  • top of mount fuji guide to climb Japan
    Top of Mt.Fuji
  • Kyoto & Nara Nara & Kyoto
    Ciervos nadando en lagos de roca
  • Formentera House Formentera
    Mediterranean Sun

11.2.14

Tahiti: Papeete

papeete
Like the legend of the phoenix, all ends with beginnings.


Our vacation in Polynesia ends where it started, in the colorful town of Papeete. Some people say it's not worth the trip, that is ugly, dirty and dangerous, but to be honest, it made me feel relieved. As if I was back to some asphalt, stores, homeless, cars and restaurants. You know, a city.

1. Le Mairie de Papeete

Vague imitation of the old Queen's Palace (from 1800), Papeete's city hall is a colorful building, specially in Christmas time, when the elements from the parade are shown in the garden.

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The tooth cart was my favorite, by far.

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papeete

Anyone can do Santa, but few can manage to make a tooth looking that charming.

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2. The Chinese Temple

Oddly enough, 12% of the Polynesian population are Chinese. I'd say, 100% of that 12% live in Papeete. Seriously. Not a single Chinese market, restaurant in any of the islands we've seen so far. Arrive to Papeete and BOOM, three neighborhoods packed.

Still, the temples are my favorite part.

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3. Marché de Papeete

Along with other Independence monuments, spread here and there, the Marché is the best place to buy some souvenirs, either as oil, cookies or pearl. It has everything under the same roof. For those of you into pearls, make sure to check out Robert Wan's Museé de la Perle as well as the Tahitian Pearl Market

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papeete

Try a coconut. They are better than coke.

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Look, I got one of these

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Having left all shopping home, we left to watch our last Pacific sunset. For quite a long time.

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papeete

Thanks Polynesia, it was nice while it lasted.

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