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TAHITI IS PARADISE WITH A FRENCH TWIST

All of you nine-to-fivers who dream of retiring to sail your own rig in the south seas, take heart. The emerald waters off the Tahitian capital, Papeete, are flecked with boats belonging to seemingly ordinary people who have made it. Arriving from Europe, North America, Australasia and the Caribbean, bronzed and lean from months at sea, these modern-day adventurers perform house-keeping chores and minor repairs. They stock their galleys, collect mail, swap stories. And then move on to more of the 130 islands in this vast expanse known as French Polynesia.