In preparation for our family’s big trip back to French Polynesia, we asked our relatives what their favorite islands were. Out of the 118 ones to choose from, Fakarava (population: 800) came up over and over again. After visiting, I can certainly see why. It is actually the second largest atoll in French Polynesia, which, I learned, refers to ring-shaped land forming around a lagoon. The waters there were the bluest I’ve ever seen, and I was happy to have made a new “Ramiti Family” at the pension we stayed at. The motto was fittingly, “where the sky meets the sea.”
The Almafi Coast: with its breath-taking views, it is no surprise this coast of Italy is a popular tourist destination. We spent five nights with our home-base in Sorrento, making day trips to places like Capri, Positano, Almafi, and Ravello.
After Cinque Terre, we took a long trip to our next destination, Sorrento. Our overnight train from Cinque Terre was three hours late (which meant we left at 3am), so we were beyond exhausted and passed out at 8pm that night. If you’re planning to book trains in Italy, leave some room for delays as they seem to happen quite frequently. The silver lining is that we woke up extremely early and caught the first ferry to the beautiful island of Capri.