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Travel reawakens – ABBA Voyage mind blowingly amazing

Purpose-built arena in east London Full with anticipation and quite unsure of what to expect, we arrived at the purpose-built arena shortly after 630pm. Located right next to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the 25.5m steel and timber hexagonal building has a 3,000 person capacity made up of 1,650 seats and space for a standing audience… Continue reading Travel reawakens – ABBA Voyage mind blowingly amazing

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Travel reawakens – ABBA Voyage anticipation

Promotional poster in the London tube Over a year of anticipation and the day is finally here - for either the worst idea or best night ever. Stay tuned as we spend the day getting ready and find out. Famous Rosetta Stone - the crown jewel of the collection The rain parted for sunny skies… Continue reading Travel reawakens – ABBA Voyage anticipation

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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