I am writing this post in honor of all mothers and especially those that are often overlooked on Mother's Day each year. If you have pets you are a mother they could not survive without you! I also wanted to share the love shown by some of the animal mothers' for their babies that I've seen around the world. The top photo is of an elephant mother with her baby that I saw in Tanzania at the Serengeti National Park.
My husband and I have also taken in several stray pregnant cats. We found homes for all of the babies and mothers including the seven orange ones in the second photo down. We actually kept the mothers - Princess (the black cat) and Peaches (orange cat) for ourselves.
Here is Rangiroa which is the second largest atoll in the world. I could only take photos from the ship because we weren't able to get off the boat due to wind and rough shallow water. It was still pretty cool to see as I'm just a very curious person who wants to see just about everything in the world even though it's not that exciting. It looks like a ring which is basically what an atoll is - a ring shape reef formed of coral.
I apologize that you can't see much from the photos, but thought I would share. I truly didn't know what an atoll was. Too bad we didn't get to go on shore, but this situation seems to happen to me a lot on cruises. Have a great week everyone!
On my 12 day cruise from Tahiti to San Diego we stopped on the island of Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. I think visiting the Marquesas Islands on a cruise is a good way to see them. We were told on the cruise not to swim in the water because it's dark and that means there is a risk of sharks. The children seemed to be enjoying themselves playing in the water, but I have to say I was a little worried about them.
The Marquesas Islands are incredibly beautiful, a good place to go for hiking, and like most islands in French Polynesia there is not a lot to do. It is a good way to relax and get away from it all. There are about 9,000 people on all these islands total. Nuku Hiva is the most populous with ~2700 people.
As you can see from my photos, there was a storm brewing. When the cruise ship sailed away that night, it was quite a rocky ride. I felt intoxicated walking around and hadn't drank a drop of alcohol!
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When I arrived in Bora-Bora, French Polynesia, I was given a welcome drink. There is no alcohol in this drink. There is a photo of me drinking the drink which makes it look like it has alcohol in it, but I was just very jet lagged after being on a plane for 20 hours! When you land at Bora-Bora airport you must take a water taxi as you can see below to your hotel.
I was struck by the beauty of the turquoise water. The photo above was taken from my airplane window so it's not great, but the water truly is that blue!
The "water taxis":
Born-Bora's little airport:
My non-alcoholic Mai-Tai: Not so great photo of me after traveling for what felt like FOREVER! Walking to my neighborhood of bungalows: As you can see my bungalow had quite a view including a glass bottom floor :!
It was nice once I could finally relax on my deck or dock! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!
I really enjoyed just hanging at Matira Beach on Bora-Bora. As you can see many of the locals and tourists were having a great time! The sunsets were incredible as well. I'm very shy about asking people if I can take their photo, but I got some good practice here!
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My only regret about my trip to French Polynesia is not spending more than one day on the island of Moorea. I boarded a cruise ship in Tahiti after returning from Bora-Bora. I loved the lush, green, well kept landscape and the fact that you can reach Tahiti by ferry. The following is a garden, but there were greenmountains and flowers everywhere I looked.
Our entertainment when we exited the cruise ship :) I loved this beautiful stone home I ran across: This abandoned building caught my eye too!
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