We’ll conclude our tour of Papeete next week. Until then, below is today’s Papeete gallery of some of my favorite photographs from this excursion. Click on any of the images to enlarge and bring up today’s gallery slide show.
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Walking the streets of Papeete affords the photographer with much to capture. The image above in the Mairie, or City Hall, and it was modeled after the old Royal Palace, which was demolished back in the 1960s. Here’s a close-up of the tiled roof, cupola, and colonial-style dormers:
There were some pretty interesting automobiles about, as well. Here’s a car barely larger than the diminutive scooter parked alongside it:
The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Papeete is a surprisingly small yet charming building not far from the cruise ship dock:
The streets of Papeete offer some colorful street art:
There’s some interesting street photography for the taking, such as this outdoor café:
I’ll end today’s tour of Papeete with a look at the Marché de Papeete (Municipal Market). It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but don’t be deceived:
Inside you’ll find a massive, two-story marketplace filled with fruit, vegetables, fish and meats, and stalls offering everything from hats and clothes to leather purses and jewelry. There are also places to kick back and enjoy a drink or a light meal, as well.
If you thought the distance from Bora Bora to Mo’orea was short, the trip from Mo’orea to Papeete was about the distance of a marathon race. It’s less than 20 miles/17 nautical miles/32 kilometers as the seagull flies from anchorage to dock. Yep, no tendering here. In Papeete you walk straight off the ship into the heart of town.
Hang a right onto Boulevard de la Reine Pōmare IV and within a very short walk you reach first Place Jacques Chirac and Pā’ōfa’i Gardens. Here you’ll see a couple of memorials. This is the memorial commemorating French nuclear testing on Moruroa, Fangataufa, and other Pacific atolls:
Another memorial commemorates the Air Mo’orea Flight 1121 tragedy that occurred August 9, 2007. The de Havilland of Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed shortly after takeoff from Mo’orea, killing all twenty aboard.
Past the memorials, the gardens themselves are quite stunning, as is the shoreline and the views of nearby Mo’orea: