Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Season 3 Episode 10

French Polynesia

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 20, 2007 on Travel Channel

Episode Recap

Anthony starts his journey with a review of the life of Paul Gauguin. The French painter who's paintings and poetry gave us the mythic beauty and passion of the islands. In Papaete the capital of Polynesia and remarks on how much French influence it still has. He meets with Patrick Brunell and discusses the fusion island/French food of the islands. Next Anthony showcases the transsexual population of the islands. Tahiti has rey reys which are young boys who decide to be raised as women to help house hold chores or just because they prefer life as women. With some of the Rey Reys Anthony samples street food and goes over the best cure for early mourning hangovers. Next Anthony heads to Rangiroa and does some beach side painting similar to what Gauguin did centuries earlier. He also goes spear fishing and with his guides. The fish is prepared the traditional way wrapped in tropical fronds and over an open grill. Anthony then feeds the sharks which due to years of being treated as pets are virtually harmless. After wards Anthony goes sea urchin hunting on the islands razor sharp reef. He also samples the sweet coconut crab that lives on coconuts and as a result is very sweet to the taste. Next Anthony heads to the Marquesas Islands and meets the descendants of the Maori people. He is given a lesson in the colonial history of the island and the Maori contributions to the world such as wood carvings and the tattoo. Then he goes on a nature ride on horse back and explores the dense jungle of the island. On the last leg of his journey Anthony watches traditional Marquesian dance and visits the grave of Gauguin before leaving.