To all those Paul Gauguin fans out there, a new exhibition of his work is opening in Seattle from the 9th of February to the 29th of April 2012. The exhibition showcases a large number of his works alongside a collection of Polynesian Artefacts which were such an influence on his work. The end of the exhibition coincides perfectly with the start of the Alaska season with two boats departing on their 14 night Alaska and British Columbia voyage. If Alaska does not appeal then how about travelling out to the somewhat sunnier Marquesas Islands, aboard the freighter Aranui III. This unusual “cruise” offers you the chance to get to some of the remote islands and as the vessel supplies the locals they are always keen to meet the ship and those on board. You will soon see why Gauguin fell in love with these beguiling islands.

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Author: Sue Grimwood