wan·der·lust - pt 1

wan·der·lust  -  /ˈwändərˌləst/ 
Definition: a strong desire to travel.
Growing up on an island that is only 44 miles long and 30 miles wide, I developed the overwhelming urge to travel, see other places and experience other cultures, especially International destinations.
Don't get me wrong, I love my home in Hawaii.  I truly think it's the best place in the world.....but it has changed....A LOT since I was a child. 
As cosmopolitan as our society is, it's still a very insulated culture. 
After all, Hawaii is the most isolated place on earth being 2500 miles from the nearest landmass.
I've been fortunate to do a fair bit of traveling over the past 10 years. 
I lived in Australia for 6 years and have traveled extensively in France and Spain, in addition to many travels in the US.
I've vacationed in New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, but one of my long time dreams was to experience Tahiti.
In September of 2019, I finally got to fulfil my Tahitian dreams with a few of my favorite gal-pals.  
In light of the global pandemic of COVID-19, right now, most of us can only dream of faraway travels.....I thought I'd share a few of my favorite memories of this trip to inspire you to wanderlust....
the view of waikiki from hawaiian airlines
Hapiti - Tahiti        Tahiti with my partners in fun - Claudia & Helene
- Hapiti, Tahiti                             my partners in fun : Claudia & Helene
Poisson Cru et Hinano  
- poisson cru, uru frites & a hinano
le marche poisson cru at the marche in tahiti
le marche
Temae Lagoon - Moorea
this is what a healthy coral reef looks like.....Temae, Moorea
treasures of the sea       beach with a view
le tresor de la mer                                     doesn't get much better than this.....
yellow bucket of veuve clicquot champagne steak and frites by the sea
three beautiful ladies enjoying lunch by the sea in moorea
- delicious lunch with a view and some Vueve Clicquot - 
brown skinned lady snorkeling with clam shell  hawaiian lady snorkeling in moorea
looking at moorea mountains from the blue lagoon
Painapo Plage - Moorea
- yes.....that's the real color of the water- no filters!!
i found a marlin spike seashell!!!                        two ladies snorkeling in tahiti
I even found a beautiful Marlin Spike!!!          Brooke & Ali
 lady with flower crown on her head standing in front of a black pearl curtain  lady standing in front of a black pearl curtain
- my dream of a black pearl curtain ....come true!!
tahitian brunch buffett   lady with flower in her ear eating a star apple
Must stop at the Sofitel Moorea for the BEST breakfast Buffet.... and at less than $30 ... how can you not?!?!  Also contributed to my addiction to Pomme D'etoile (star apples - like a custardy, peary slightly tart apple)
  friends for life
friends for life....
maybe one of my favorite photos of myself....
a dive mask in blue tahitian lagoon
....I'll be back Tahiti....you've entranced me with your beauty........
"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go.   I travel for travel's sake.
The great affair is to move."       Robert Louis Stevenson