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10 European destinations that aren't in Europe

By: Josh Lew on Oct. 23, 2013, 3:12 p.m.
French Polynesia, Bora Bora

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French Polynesia

This semi-autonomous French territory consists of a group of islands in the South Pacific roughly halfway between Australia and the West Coast of the United States. Tahiti and Bora Bora are the two French Polynesian islands with the most name recognition. Paradise for surfers, scuba divers and beach lovers, the culture and atmosphere here is distinctly Polynesian. However, French (with a generous sprinkling of Tahitian words and phrases) is the main language.

You can find small bits of Europe on Tahiti and its sister islands, with French baked goods everywhere and no shortage of French-style fine dining establishments. Local ingredients and flavors are often substituted for the European originals, making for an exciting cuisine that can't be tasted anywhere else on Earth.