Friday, July 27, 2012

Apia Samoa

Across the road from Aggie greys hotel, looking toward the Marina.

Canon collection at the Rental car firm. Well guarded.

 Memorial to the first missionary's who converted them all.
Colourful cafes at the Marina. pleasantly cool for a glass of wine in the evening, watching boats come and go.There are no pretty beaches in the Apia area..

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Samoan buses and Fish Market.

The Samoan people are very deeply religious, many of the colourful buses had religious slogans on the side. There were many many Churches around the island, seemed to us that there were more Churches than people but on Sunday they were all full of beautifully dressed people..... all in snowy white clothes.

We just loved the open air buses with no glass in the windows, cost is very cheap, service is good and the other passengers are so respectful and curtious every time I got on the bus someone who was sitting at the front would immediately stand and give me their seat if there were no other seat someone would jump onto another Samoan's knee so iIcould sit down...... amazing.

 We caught on of these colourful buses into city centre each day to buy fruit and chicken buns from the market, chicken buns are an ordinary bun with chicken cooked inside them, really yummy.

 The large rounds of fish are steaks of big game fish, like Albacore Tuna and Yellow fin tuna, very cheap.Cost was $12 Tala island money so about $8 NZ money, would be more like $80 at home! If you could buy it.
We enjoyed visits to the fish market, seeing the selection of different colour size and shape of fish plus lobster and crab and other things too; the man at the top is holding a sea snake!.
Our friend Lena from the market cooked us up a good feed of fish and chips. This dear lady whom we visited every day, presented me with a hand made lava lava on our last day, she tied it on me. Such an honour to be given this, she was a delight..

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


Aggie Greys Hotel Apia Samoa.a grand mansion rather like an old Southern American plantation house.

 Little bridge over a Water lily pond outside our apartment.
 Erle with Samoan statue in the garden
Me with an angry looking statue in Aggie greys Hotel garden.
Aggie Greys Hotel was very elegant in an old fashioned kind of way, also very expensive, especially to dine there, so we didn't! As we found the temperature so hot we spent a lot of the day lounging around in our air conditioned room reading. Til we swam in the pool and lay in the shade for  awhile, mid afternoon. Evenings were just the right temperature for us so we went out walking to find a nice restaurant for dinner.