I like being in this time zone since for once I am an “early bird”. Today I was up before Mom and was able to lie in bed and just take in the scenery. It’s amazing how easily I can be entertained. Mom was up before dawn, and we sat out on the deck and listened to the roosters as they continued to talk back and forth.
|Coconut floating by - we first thought it was someone snorkeling!|
We found a notice on the door that the hotel had to perform a yearly, mandatory fire drill at 10:30. We tried to figure out how the day would work with that being right in the middle. We were able to get a late check out and take a later ferry than first anticipated. The drill occurred exactly on time and they were there to pick up Mom in the golf cart (since everything is VERY spread out) – they even had a chair for her to sit on while we waited in the middle of the parking lot. The staff at the hotel was absolutely wonderful in every aspect. We both found it hard to believe that we already had to leave today. We spent some time packing up, which went must faster than expected, so we had some time on the deck to enjoy the sunshine. It was windier than usual; so it made the sun seem even stronger. We came in and had lunch that consisted of a French baguette, cheese, and some fruit. About 1:00 it was time to go ahead and check out of the hotel. Parting was such sweet sorrow!
|Statue in lobby as we were leaving.|
|Just another beautiful flower.|
We dined on an incredible dinner with king scallops for an appetizer, shellfish bisque for soup and sweet & sour prawns for an entrée (for Mom) while I had the filet with sautéed spinach. We had a little ice cream and sorbet for dessert with a few petit fours to top it all off. We are both pretty exhausted so we came back and found our suite turned down for the evening and all of our luggage put away. It has been a long day (and Mom got a little too much sun), so we are calling it an early evening. Tomorrow we dock in Raitea, one of the Society Islands. Until then…