Raiatea

This island is truly a jewel in French Polynesia.  We took a fabulous excursion that was both a visit to a vanilla plantation as well as a picnic on a small private motu.

After seeing this place on TV a few times, I was super excited to visit and bring home some (too many) vanilla beans.

This is how vanilla grows, on vines that crawl up trees. It’s an orchid species that has to be hand pollinated.

The smell was absolutely intoxicating.

Our picnic spot had some interesting issues.

Can you believe this water?

Well hello there.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lorraine
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 06:53:27

    Can you ever have too many vanilla beans? Breathtaking views!

    Reply

  2. Tracy
    Mar 11, 2019 @ 15:11:44

    How much vanilla did you buy?

    Reply

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