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Alumni Travel Reading: Tahiti and French Polynesia


Cyclists biking on grass with mountain in background

Mountain Biking at Belvedere, Moorea, Tahiti, by Patty Mooney

Polynesian Tiki

Wooden tiki sculpture

North meets South, by Pierre Lesage

Tahiti and French Polynesia

Hotel rooms with grass roofs above water

Tahiti - Moorea Hôtel Sofitel, by severine vaselli



Selected and Annotated By:

Rebecca Stuhr
Coordinator for Humanities Collections
Classical Studies

Alixandra Boucher
Collections Assistant

For more information about this and other excursions, visit the Penn Alumni Travel Website.

Mutiny on the Bounty

For full review visit Filmsite Movie Review of Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

1035 movie poster for Mutiny on the Bounty Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) is one of the best nautical adventure films of all time and one of MGM's greatest classics. The rousing, 18th century story of the Bounty's mutiny, directed by Frank Lloyd, was adapted from the first two volumes of the Charles Nordhoff-James Norman Hall 1932 best selling novel The Bounty Trilogy (composed of Mutiny on the Bounty, Men Against the Sea, and Pitcairn Island). It echoed the semi-documentary In the Wake of the Bounty (1933, Australia) which starred Errol Flynn in his movie debut as Fletcher Christian; both films were based upon the 1932 novel Mutiny on the Bounty by Nordoff and Hall.


Map of the Islands

Map of Tahiti and neighboring islands

Courtesy of Tahiti Tourism North America

For more maps and information visit Tahiti Tourism North America site. Although it is a very commercial Web site—It  provides a brief overview of island history and geography and, perhaps more interestingly, maps for each of the islands along with photo galleries

Explore Breathtaking Wildlife

Two striped fish with yellow tails swimming in coral reef

Bora Bora Under Water, by Lele

Island Flora

Also available through Permanent link for the book:

Some Tropical South Pacific Island Foods: Description, History, Use, Composition, and Nutritive Value by Mary Murai, et al. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, [1958]

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