Early to Market & Church
23 August 2009 | Papeete, Tahiti
On Sunday we got up before dawn to go to Market. We'd heard the locals start setting up at 4:30am and it is over by 8:30 so we didn't want to miss it! Linda befriended another French relative of Monsieur Guy while waiting at the bus stop (see photo) and by 6am we were on the bus to Papeete.
The Marche Municipal was crowded by the time we got there. Lots of people and lots of fresh produce, fish and meats. We did some people watching, listened to the sounds of several different languages, sampled guava jelly & sugar cane juice, watched vendors chopping pork & sawing through tuna and we bought some produce. We stayed until about 8:30 and sure enough prices were slashed and vendors were packing up (I should have waited a bit longer to get the green beans at 1/2 price!). Watermelons were quite expensive and most were loaded back onto the trucks so we're wondering what they do with them.
We had a nice breakfast outside on the main street. Then we headed to the Presbyterian church to hear them sing and see their colorful outfits and fun hats. Linda's favorite was the older man wearing a brown suit and orange flip flops. Most of the women wore white dresses or they had outfits made of the same purple & white print fabric (men's shirts too). They all had hats!
We walked quite a ways before we realize the buses heading south ran one block back from the water. We caught Le Truck back to Marina Taina. After our early start the rest of the day was pretty quiet.