Overheard on CNN.com: When do we leave?
A few CNN.com readers say they wouldn't mind a getaway to the Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa.
May 11th, 2011
07:21 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: When do we leave?

Comment of the day: "Maaaan! I need more money." -dallaslib

A hut over crystal-blue water? Yes, please.

Apparently CNN.com readers are in a blue-water-vacation state of mind. One of the most popular stories on CNN.com today showcased five “overwater hut resorts” complete with iconic, thatch-roofed bungalows. Besides representing paradise on earth, "For everyone, they've come to typify romance," a travel agent says.

After reading the story (and looking at the pictures) readers said they are ready to pack their bags or, sadly, that they may never be able to afford the luxury trip.

lam81208 said, “DROOL!!!” elfmeister said, “This article is EXACTLY why I play the lottery.” heyitsme said, “Come on 25th wedding anniversary!! That's all I'm sayin.’” SoonerLyno said, “Yep, assuming I ever get married, I want to go there for my honeymoon.” makemlaff said, “I'm currently engaged and broke as a joke, but instead of a registry, I think hubby-to-be and I will ask for honeymoon contributions now!” ModeratelyMe said, “So glad my wife isn't reading this article.” cmr35 said, “Wow. Time to add another item to the bucket list.” pumpkinseeds said, “Some day.” Jpeters said, “Great. I am now accepting donations. [This is] something I will never afford on a teacher's salary!” DontUGetIt said, “In order to develop an informed opinion I will require an all-expense-paid vacation to one. Anybody want to help me out?”

Other readers shared their experiences:

entropy430 said, “Just got back from our honeymoon staying in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora. What a pleasant surprise to log onto CNN for the first time in a week and see this.” fonzarelli99 said, “Honeymooned in Tahiti back in 2002. It has to be the most beautiful place on Earth. Stayed in the overwater huts on Moorea and Bora Bora and snorkeled right out from our balcony. Can't wait to go back, and this time surf Teahupoo.” STP1026 said, “We honeymooned at Bora Bora Nui last year. The place was incredible. We opted for an extravagant honeymoon rather than an extravagant wedding and are very happy we did so. Can't wait to go back for whatever anniversary.”

And other readers made comments about the price tag.

renodakota said, “We dropped $500 a night to stay in one of those bungalows in Bora Bora for our honeymoon last November for five days. Combined with the $40 breakfasts and $20 cocktails, yeah, it was staggeringly expensive.” malfunction said, “Wow. Even though I could afford this for a bit I don't think I could feel comfortable at that nightly rate. Perhaps a few nights for a honeymoon and then I would move on to something that has a better value.” entropy430 said, “I couldn't help but notice how they highlighted the most expensive bungalow in all of Bora Bora. Most of the bungalows in Bora Bora go for about $600-$800 a night. Still a chunk of money, but nothing like $2,700 a night.”

And a few others offered more affordable alternatives:

iBabble said, “Beautiful...turns out one of the most affordable places to stay in Bermuda is 9beaches...cool tents right over the water...really enjoyed our stay there!” siracco said, “You can get 'over water huts' in Roatan, Honduras at Anthony's Key for a whole lot less. And Americans can save on air fare as well.” Jess2010Jess said, “I LOVE that somebody on here knows and mentioned the Bay Islands! Such a wonderful, little-known gem. Cheap and beautiful. And great sea food and snorkling.” hondo99 said, “Pearl Farm, near Davao in the Southern Philippines, has some really cute huts over a coral reef. You can sit on your back porch and watch the multicolored tropical fish swim by. A truly beautiful place and far more affordable than some of the others listed.”

Newt in 2012 hunt

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced his presidential candidacy Wednesday afternoon, saying that he likely will run on a platform that includes overturning health care reform and eliminating the EPA.

CNN.com readers of all stripes and perspectives responded with overwhelming opposition to Gingrich. Some opposed his political philosophies, while others thought allegations about his personal life made him too controversial a figure. The comments that follow are a representation of responses to this story; take a look at this sampling, and let us know in the comments area of this post if you agree with them, or if you support Gingrich.

blue175 said, “The republican presidential field is comparable to the bar scene in Star Wars.” Cininor said, “Wow! I couldn't have said it better if I were Luke Skywalker.” DeafandDumb1 said, “More like Spaceballs.” barneyfff said, “It's a sad state of affairs for the Republicans: Gingrich, Palin, Trump...A smorgasbord of idiocy.” SuperChunk77 said, “So it's Palin, Donald Trump and this guy. They should call Dan Quayle and get him to run again. Dick Cheney can't run because he was already President for eight years.” Indyswim6671 said, “GOP Clown Car!” gravis said, “Good grief. Next we'll be hearing Karl Rove is entering the race. Does this parade of fools ever end?” cessnaflyer said, “It is sad that the Repubs cannot come up with a decent candidate. I miss IKE.”

More seriously, readers took issue with Gingrich’s policies and his past:

nzgrrj said, “My patriotism inspires me to call him a philandering blow hard.” JohnCBarcIov said, “Really? I'm a Republican, and I wouldn't vote for this guy. He's a parody of everything that's wrong with the Republican Party - a rich, smug, two-faced liar and habitual adulterer who doesn't care about ANYTHING other than power.” tipsana said, “Sorry pal. I remember. I remember your hypocrisy in impeaching Clinton for Monica while carrying on your own affair. I remember you asked your dying wife for a divorce so you could marry your latest honey. I EVEN remember how tacky you were to register for wedding gifts for your THIRD marriage. And finally, I remember how much your 'Contract with America' was really only for the benefit of wealthy, white, America. No way would I support you for any office.”

Are Americans a simple people?

CNN.com business producer, Kevin Voight’s Business 360 post featured comments made by China's Vice-Premier Wang Qishan when he appeared Monday on "The Charlie Rose Show.” When the vice premier was asked “what misperceptions the American public has about China” he said, among other things, that “American people, they’re very simple people.”

So what did CNN.com readers think?

Zoglet said, “"Simple" is appropriate for a nation that has replaced critical analysis of its own government with blind, flag-waving patriotism.” Bullrich said, “It is hard to think of Americans as culturally apt when you see that American culture is shaped by celebrities instead of ideas.” Reiner said, “Come on, at least Ms Palin knows where Africa is.” Pamela said, “I love visiting America and I am fascinated with the people when I am there, however I do find a severe lack of social awareness and lack of general knowledge among Americans to be honest.” Jen said, “I think that Americans have a very narrow view of the world and this can be the ‘simple’ he was talking about. I am American and currently living in Italy, I have lived all over the world since I was a child and when it comes to my own country I find that the people are very much stuck in their views.”

But Bill in Slidell said, “Screw China. That simple enough for you?” Scott Jacobs said, “I will put an American businessman up against a Chinese businessman any day of the week.” Jim said, “I don’t think so. America has a very diverse culture because of how it was formed. People come from all over the world to live here and it gives us a wider world view. Also in America, learning about other cultures is sometimes as easy as walking out your door.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Bah

    buy yourself a yacht and sail it there...

    May 12, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Donna

    Re: Are Americans simple people? I recently had a friend from the Netherlands tell me the exact same thing, that maybe I should think of myself as a resident of the world and not as a patriotic American. He is the second European to tell me Americans have a very narrow view of the world. “It is hard to think of Americans as culturally apt when you see that American culture is shaped by celebrities instead of ideas.” Sad, but true.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Kamikaze

      That's very correct. It has to do with teaching. For instance children in Europe are taught the roll they played during WWII. US children are taught how we were the heroes.

      May 12, 2011 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Nastysmell

    Where does the sewage go?

    May 12, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
    • unretired05

      Why do you think the colorful fish swim by the deck?

      May 12, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. SicopenZ_Italy

    Far cry ? xD

    May 12, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. David

    Actually, I believe we are more tolerant than most other cultures. I think how we have treated countries in the middle east over the last century is deplorable. But many other countries just draw conclusions from their local news and tid bits heard from people who have traveled to various regions of the world. Australians are very much like this. They talk about culture and if you ever have visited their country they actually have none of it. I thought it was a nice place, good people, but I was never so happy as when I got off the plane after two weeks there. It tends to be the same everywhere you go and I'm sure they feel the same way after they visit the US. We are products of our environment. Everyone in the world just has to understand that.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Thomas

    Another Hail for Caesar's Scrabble prowess.
    Pax.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey

    I don't know: to audition for American Idol?

    May 12, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Linari

    db cooper: dude, didn't you jump out of a plane and die? Maybe you should call yourself the ghost of db cooper. Or what I'd like to call you: a dick.

    May 12, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
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