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Love them or hate them, everyone has an opinion on the Kardashian family and their hit E! reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. That's precisely what makes it so popularthe sweet hate or jealousy their shallow adventures inspire, or just the over-the-top glamor of it all; there's something for everyone. Truth be told, we only tune in when the whole Kardash-klan is packing up like twenty trunks to head out on vacation.
And now an announcement of immense importance: the big family trip this season was to Bora Bora in French Polynesia and those episodesa 3-part series culminating in Kris' marriage proposal to Kimbegin airing this weekend.
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Have you ever wanted to venture way, way out to the islands around Tahiti? Sit back and then and daydream with us as we follow Twitter celeb Stefanie Michaels, aka Adventure Girl, as she goes island-hopping in the most exotic of placesthe Marquesas Islands. Each day this week, she'll reveal another adventure. Join her 1.5 million followers on Twitter for more Marquesas conversation @AdventureGirl, and don't forget us @Jaunted!
Now, after almost two weeks at sea onboard the Aranui around the Marquesas, my journey was nearing the saddest point: the end. The final stop was in the Tuamotu islands, at its largest island of Rangiroa. This is the last island stop for passengers of the Aranui, but a quick stay and a resort called Kia Ora brought us back into "civilization."
Before leaving for Bora Bora, I made sure to take a look around Rangiroa, as it's a destination for pearl shopping. I took a trip out to the Gaugin Pearl Factory, where visitors learn how pearls are cultivated and what the Tahitian pearl look like: brackish black color, with hues of blues, pinks and green varieties.
Finally we disembarked at Papeete, Tahiti, our ninth island. After frantically exchanging contact information with the friends we'd made onboard the Aranui, my husband and I transferred to the airport, where we boarded our flight to Bora Bora, our 10th and final island.
Heaven on Earth, after the jump
Critics and fans who caught the movie "Couples Retreat" over the weekend may not have been that impressed with the movie's jokes, but at least the setting made up for it. The premise of this comedy, starring Vince Vaughn, Kristin Davis, Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman and Kristen Bell, is that four couples travel to the "Eden Resort" for a vacation and find out that the resort's couples therapy sessions aren't optional.
The Eden Resort in the movie is actually the very upscale St. Regis Bora Bora in real life. The production took over the entire resort last fall for the shoot, meaning the cast and crew had to live there for nearly 8 weeks; tough gig, huh?
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President Obama is certainly concerned about the economic situation here at home, but his worries are mostly focused on houses, money, and stocks—not on filling hotels full of tourists. However, that is the worry of French Polynesia's President Oscar Temaru. He’s calling the current tourism situation in the island nation “catastrophic.”
President Temaru has told lawmakers that hotel occupancy has been dismal, with some days seeing only a 20 percent occupancy rate. Temaru is close to naming a new tourism minister, who is going to have a lot of work ahead of him as well as a lot of sleepless nights. Hey, at least you can get a good spot by the pool, right?