Musee de Tahiti & Roulottes
22 August 2009 | Tahiti
Jane - weather is hot again
Saturday we took the bus south to the Museum of Tahiti. No photos are allowed in the museum but they had good exhibits of the geology of the islands, the history of the people, their tools & crafts and the later settlers (missionaries). When we were ready to head home we discovered the buses stop running at 3pm on Saturdays - oops!
We caught a taxi and had him take us into Papeete for dinner. We'd heard about the Roulotte trucks on the waterfront and wanted to check them out. We were a little early so we saw them drive in and set up their tables & chairs. We walked around town to give them some time, but most of the shops have metal garage doors they pull down when they're closed so there wasn't much to see. We did walk through the city hall and found a store with a funny name (if you're a boater with an accent - see photo).
Back at the Roulottes we were pulled in by Frederick (from Reunion Island) with Specialities Reunionnaises. He was charming and I think he had us (Linda & me anyway) just the way he said 'Reunion' in French. It was almost embarassing when he repeated 'reunion' the way we say it in English. We ordered 2 plates where you pick 3 meats (each with a different sauce) so the 3 of us tried 6 different meat dishes (pork, beef, 2 chicken, fish and some kind of smoked meat that is only from Reunion Island (we didn't ask what is was) along with rice and beans. We were stuffed! If you're ever in Papeete... try the Roulottes!
It was also a fun place to hang out. We were next to a big plaza where families were visiting and kids were riding bikes, skateboards, scooters and roller skates. The cruise ship Paul Gauguin was anchored there preparing to take off the next day and the Star Fire tall ship came in with lights in the rigging and anchored next to the Paul Gauguin. Lots of ambience with our inexpensive dinner!