|Bora Bora. Just like in the movies.|
Tuesday morning, June 5th, the MS Paul Gaugauin dropped anchor in Bora Bora, a picture postcard kind of place.
I started the day with a chocolate croissant and a handful of mixed nuts
and a rainbow.
Then Gail and I caught the tender to the pier
where we picked up a bus and then another tender to the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort, located between the "two hearts" of Motu Piti Aau, a coral island on the barrier reef.
This was one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.
The water was magical, changing colors from green to turquoise to indigo as I stretched my eyes over the horizon.
But up close it was crystal clear, so transparent I could easily see the brightly colored fish that swam beneath the surface.
It is obvious why this resort is a popular wedding destination.
|The mother of bride is looking on.|
A two-course lunch at the poolside restaurant was included in the price of our excursion.
Although we booked separately, since Gail and I were staying in the same stateroom we were treated as a couple. Our fellow passengers laughed with us when we showed them our guest pass. Our waiter, though, didn't crack a smile. "After all, it is 2012," he said.
|Mr. & Mrs. Asberry.|
Although some of our fellow diners were a little unusual
|There were tiny pigeons everywhere.|
we enjoyed the breathtaking view
and the delicious food.
|Lagoon fish with coconut vanilla sauce, pureed veggies, fried rice.|
|Raspberry something with vanilla ice cream.|
After several languorous hours of sun, sand and sea, it was time to return to the ship and dress for dinner.
It probably goes without saying that I didn't have time to get hungry between meals on this vacation. But that didn't stop me from eating.
|Grilled tuna and veggies.|
After dinner, I made my way to the piano bar where the talented Ruben Ramos surprised me with an arrangement of my current favorite song, A Thousand Years, which I had mentioned to him when we chatted in the disco on Sunday night. It brought tears to my eyes. Then I made my way to the Grand Salon where cruise director Michael Shapiro presented A New York Cabaret. He was splendid.
|Michael Shapiro and Me|
Following the show, I made a little mischief in the disco before heading to bed. After all, I had another day of adventure in Bora Bora to look forward to. Come back tomorrow to learn more about this spectacular island!