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Journey to Paradise – Pearls, Rays, and Dance

Tahitian dancers on Motu No visit to this part of the world would be complete without the shiny, iridescent black Tahitian pearls. Based on the nippon-developed technique of cultured pearls, locals have perfected their craft over decades to produce a truly unique pearl not found anywhere else. Cultured pearl process A skin graft with a… Continue reading Journey to Paradise – Pearls, Rays, and Dance

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Journey to Paradise – Vanilla isn’t boring

From flower to bean to finished product One of Tahiti’s vety special contributions to the culinary world is its fragrant vanilla beans. Having utilized it for baking over the decades, it took this #Windstarcruises event to learn how vanilla actually grows, how it is processed, and why it is such a costly element in stores… Continue reading Journey to Paradise – Vanilla isn’t boring

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Journey to Paradise – Bonus – Conrad Bora Bora

Aerial view of Conrad Bora Bora Nui Iconic images have shaped many travel dreams and bucket lists over the decades. One of these places I have dreamt about since the 1970s is the image above of the legendary Conrad Bora Bora with its over water bungalows and pristine views. Air Tahiti turboprop in Bora Bora… Continue reading Journey to Paradise – Bonus – Conrad Bora Bora

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Journey to Paradise – Moorea and Dolphin discovery

Windstar Star Breeze in Cook’s Bay Moorea Once our string of 3 covid-19 tests three days in a row was behind us, we were cleared to board our vessel - the recently stretched Star Breeze in Papeete. The first night was uneventful as we all settled in. The next morning though, we arrived in a… Continue reading Journey to Paradise – Moorea and Dolphin discovery

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Journey to Paradise – Bora Bora by heli

The undisputed jewel of the Society Islands is the stunning Atoll of Bora Bora which we get to enjoy overnight aboard #WindstarCruises. Courtesy of our airline partner Air Tahiti Nui, a special helicopter discovery was arranged for us. It was insanely amazing! Five guests, me among them were strapped tightly in seats of the Thahiti… Continue reading Journey to Paradise – Bora Bora by heli

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Journey to Paradise – High honor

Our week in French Polynesia began with a bang as we were hosted by the Polynesian President Edouard Fritch. The reception was organized to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Windstar sailing here. As is customary in Polynesian culture, gifts were exchanged and speeches in both French and English delivered. The ceremonial element behind us, local… Continue reading Journey to Paradise – High honor

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Journey to Paradise – Precarious start

Last minute test at SFO Eight turbulent weeks have passed since my last blog. Thank you for hanging in there with patience and by staying safe. Omicron in retreat, my good news for you is that another exciting adventure awaits. This time, literally and figuratively “to Paradise” as the French Polynesian Islands of Tahiti are… Continue reading Journey to Paradise – Precarious start

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Egypt – Luxor & Karnak Temples

Luxor temple at night Luxor is packed with amazing sites which meant discovery after dark. We squeezed this visit to Luxor temple in just before it closed for a TV spectacular on thanksgiving day. Want to see the official event, check it out here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-59424084 Official logo Our visit focused on the key elements of… Continue reading Egypt – Luxor & Karnak Temples