What country has had this said of it?
“Sheer beauty, so pure that it is difficult to breathe it in”
and of the people,
“The loveliest people in the world, moving and dancing like gods and goddesses, very quietly and mysteriously, and utterly content”
The country is the sacred centre of the Polynesian Islands. The country is Samoa.
The speaker of these words was the talented and tragic Rupert Brooke, who, during World War I, wrote ”The Soldier” (If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England.) and Granchester (oh! yet stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?)
I visited Samoa this year; it is everything and more that Rupert Brooke said. The islands are still mostly unspoilt, there are smiles and happiness everywhere. It is just like Paradise would be.
Samoa, saturates your senses and soothes your soul.
We travelled around and stayed at different types of places, all local of course. I’m very much a responsible traveller and like to get close to the local cultures and people whenever possible. So the places we stayed at were all locally owned, the shops we bought from were all local and the places we ate were all local. That way you know it is benefiting both you and your hosts; you because you learn and experience so much and your hosts because the money exchanged stays local.
I’m not sure whether it was at the airport or when we arrived at The Orator that I knew I’d fallen in love with Samoa. So much beauty, so much care and so many smiles. And . . . pineapples growing in the garden! And the food, oh dear, all ideas of being good and counting calories went out of the window – delicious!
We marvelled at the beauty all around us and the flowers, so absolutely splendid. We took the bus into Apia town and went out for long walks. I ‘m not exaggerating when I quote Louis Armstrong;
Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
Our next stop was at the ferry to the island of Savai’i. We stayed at La Legoto, which was glorious. Our beach front fale was not made from wood and straw but it was definitely built by locals. The views were to die for and the sky was blue ~ deep sigh of contentment.
I could sit and just look out to sea for hours, so serene, so good for the soul. As with elsewhere, the people were so friendly and so lovely and genuine; the place was, well you can see for yourself, soooooooo easy on the eyes, so stunning; and the food was delicious. The plants and flowers were a joy to behold. There are tons more superlatives and adjectives I could use, but the word Paradise keeps popping back in my mind.
To be continued . . . .