Raphaella after the tv-interview at the roof of TNTV (Tahiti Nui Télévision)
Organizer Jean-Louis Larey and Raphaella and a poster of "Musique
concert at 40°C (104°F) !
a comfortable beach cabin ...
and a laguna in front of the door ...
... no need for more!
TAHITI & BORA-BORA,
Raphaella Smits was invited for a concert trip to French Polynesia.
The way there should be respectively a TGV (high-speed train) from Brussels
to Paris (Aeroport Charles De Gaulle), a flight with Air France from Paris
to Los Angeles and a flight from LA to Papeete, capital of Tahiti. Just
before leaving home an e-mail of Air France informed that the flight LA-Papeete
was canceled. The next flight due from LA went only three days later!
Thanks to a very customer-friendly employee of KLM/AF, Raphaella could
switch to an alternative route leaving from Brussels Airport via Amsterdam
to Tokyo and further on to Tahiti. After a journey of 32 hours La Smits
arrived at her destination.
On February 21 Raphaella gave a master class at the Conservatoire
de Papeete. Next she was flown over to the island Bora-Bora,
an atoll located about 250 km northwest of Tahiti.
On February 22 she gave there a recital in the library
of the magnificent resort
There Raphaella could have a taste of paradise, with delicious local dishes
and her own beach cabin at the lagoon ...
Back in Papeete Raphaella gave a (steaming) recital on saturday night
February 23 and ditto on sunday afternoon February 24
in the Paevai Hall of the hotel
Sofitel Tahiti Resort (formerly known
as Maeva Beach).
All in all a short but very unique experience ...
French Polynesia is a huge expanse of water of 4 million km2 in the southern
Pacific Ocean, spangled with 118 islands, altogether hardly 4000 km2.
or formerly known as O'Tahiti, was revealed in Europe only after 1768
by the book Voyage autour du Monde of the French explorer Louis-Antoine
He described the island as a piece of heaven on earth, where men and women
live happily in innocence, far away from corruption and civilization!
by lagoons and barrier reefs, the remnants of an extinct volcano: this
must be paradise ...
But it is
not just nature that makes a great impression, the culture of the old
Polynesians is precious too, with their rock-drawings, their ceremonial
platforms and their old legends about gods and demigods.
the emblem of Tahiti
of the Bora-Bora Nui Resort and Spa
with hostess and host at Bora-Bora