03 May To Papeete and Home to Seattle via Honolulu – Monday, 01 May to Wednesday, 03 May 2001
In the two hour taxi ride to the airport (18km), Don and I visited with Chris Caldicott, a photo journalist from London. He writes about luxury hotels and other travel experiences, but his favorite work is to travel the world and write about food. He and his wife own a restaurant in London, the World Food Cafe, which is a reflection of this love for food and travel. He was flying home to London for one day and then would fly to Calcutta to travel to Agra to do an article on a new luxury hotel. We talked about the Marquesas Islands, his favorite places in the world that he has traveled (La Digue in the Seychelles Islands is one) and, of coarse, about food. He is currently writing a book about spicery and the travel routes of the ancient spice trade, both on land and by sea. He might even do a TV series about spicery. You can check out his websites: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.worldfoodcafe.com
We spent Tuesday in Papeete on the way home and managed to secure our tax-free certificate to buy fuel back in Nuku Hiva, arranged moorage in the Marina Taina for our July 6 arrival in Tahiti with Starr, and checked out the Pearl Museum and Papeete Market. On our five and a half hour lay over in Honolulu, Don and I went to the Bishop Museum to view the art of Polynesia, specifically art of the Marquesas of which there was very little. And then back to Seattle and another form of reality.