Arrival in Papeete
23 June 2011 | Papeete, Tahiti
We arrived day before yesterday at Papeete at daybreak, and dropped anchor in the channel between the island of Tahiti and the barrier reef that surrounds it. The water is calm and flat making for a comfortable spot on the hook.
The first thing we did after arrival was walk about a mile to the nearby "Carrefour" superstore, a very big store that sells everything, very much like a Wal Mart in the U.S., only the products are mostly French. The variety and quality of foods here is every bit as good as the finest supermarkets in Paris. We bought some foie gras and a dry Alsatian Gewurztraminer to go with it. The French "charcuterie", or meat products like sausages and pate, are the best in the world, so it's a real treat to find all those things here. The prices are sky high, however, since everything here is brought in by ship or plane.
In the afternoon we were very tired, having been sailing all night, so we slept until sundown, then got together friends in Phambili, Evergreen, Moondance, and Aeiola, for dinner at a nice Italian restaurant near the marina.