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Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea May 9th 2018

My first thought 31 years ago was that it was a cultural desert. And today in 2018, this is my same opinion. I grew up on the island. I went to school, I had family there, I was a child and had a great life in the late 1970s. When I went back in 1988, I was a different person and saw the island with different eyes. In 2018 I have gone to reconnect with family. Reconnect I have, but it is still a cultural desert. The bookshops have gone and there is no "cultural" life. and people don't seem to care. I currently live in a small community which has abundant groups of citizens who care about heritage; who care about recycling; where theatre, live music and dance are encouraged. At first glance Noumea is ... read more
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Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 12th 2018

Après la visite de l'aquarium et un pic nic sur la plage, dernière soirée à Nouméa. Retrouvailles au bar La Barca sur la baie des citrons avec les amis rencontrés sur la grande terre et aux Loyauté. Sympathique soirée country animée par Marcel Canel and his band "Jolène".... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 11th 2018

Demain départ pour Sydney; le cyclone Hola s'est éloigné des loyautés mais les aléas climatiques restent encore sur ma route Bulletin alerte cyclonique de météo nc du 11 mars à midi : Une nouvelle dépression tropicale pourrait se creuser pour prendre la route de Sydney. J'y crois pas !!! Activité cyclonique prévue au cours des 7 prochains jours Risque important de formation d'une dépression tropicale modérée lundi ou mardi sur la Mer de Corail dans le nord-ouest de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.Sur la Nouvelle-Calédonie : En cas de creusement de cette nouvelle dépression tropicale, sa trajectoire la pl... read more

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 1st 2018

Nouméa, ses arbres emblématiques, ses vieilles maisons coloniales, ses pick-up, son centre culturel...... read more
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Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea January 28th 2015

Last year when we arrived in Tonga, we were deluged by a rain storm of biblical proportions. This year all was calm and bright. In 2011 a new pier was commissioned by King Tupou V and it is a welcomed addition to the island. It is situated in downtown Nuku’alofa near the Royal Palace. Tupou V died in 2012 and is being succeeded by his brother Tupou VI. The coronation is scheduled for July 4ththis year. This will be a very formal occasion and the islanders are already preparing for the big day. Dignitaries and royalty will come from all over the world for this special celebration to honor the new monarch of the sovereign state of Tonga. Tonga is expanding as I write. An undersea volcano has been erupting for the past month and has ... read more
THE ROYAL PALACE
 TONGAN LINE HANDLERS
ANCHOR DETAIL

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea December 27th 2014

When you consider New Caledonia is only two and a half hours flight from Sydney, visitors are really in for a pleasant surprise upon arrival in the country. The usual custom for Australians who want a taste of Europe is to get on a plane and travel half way around the world before we can enjoy the benefits of the fine cuisine, languages, and culture Europe is famed for. But right here in Noumea you will find cars driving on the right, people talking in French, patisseries and fine dining, first class roads and top rated hotels. It's all on offer when you visit this beautiful island in the South Pacific, just a hop and a skip out of Sydney. Qantas flew me direct to the capital, and the plane was full to capacity in the ... read more
Anse Vata beach
Christmas tree
The sun sets from my balcony

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea November 11th 2014

Dear Friends and Family, We now embarked on the luxury portion of our trip, cruising aboard the Celebrity Century to the South Pacific Islands of New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Fiji. The cruise ship had plenty for us to see and do including art auctions, movies, live concerts, Broadway style productions and even a kids centre for Riley. We had set dinner reservations with a family from Melbourne. Alex and Aja were great company and their kids, Vincent and Luca were so good with Riley. Our first port was the bustling port of Noumea in New Caledonia. We hiked out to the Bay of Lemons for a day at the beach, then wandered around town. In the afternoon, I went hiking further afield to areas that tourists don't usually see. It was a little nerve wrecking when ... read more
Riley wrapped up Mummy for Halloween
Cookie Monster and Cap for the cruise Halloween
Halloween gang

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea March 2nd 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014 I was up really early this morning, had a hard time sleeping last night. Not sure why this happened, however it really did. I headed down the Royal Promenade and settled in at my usually spot, in front of the Irish Bar. I was able to get caught up on my blog. Cindy woke up at 5:45am. We promised Jenny that we would skype her this morning, it would Saturday for her. After getting dressed quickly, we made our way to the High Notes lounge, 14th floor of the cruise ship. This is where one of the hot spots was and we can prep for our skyping with Jenny. It was great seeing her face and hearing her voice. We chatted with Jenny for 5 minutes. After skyping, I dropped ... read more
Noumea Harbor
Amedee Island Lighthouse
This fish stuck to the bottom of our glass bottom boat

Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea May 25th 2013

Comme promis pour la fête des mères, je mets quelques photos en ligne et promets d'essayer d'en mettre plus régulièrement. Bonne fête Maman. Gros bisous de toute la famille.... read more
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Oceania » New Caledonia » South Province » Noumea June 4th 2012

Comme vous l'aurez deviné (vu le titre de ce paragraphe), j'ai profité de ma dernière semaine pour aller découvrir l'océan autour de chez Thomas. La Nouvelle Calédonie est entourée d'une barrière de corail (à entre 2 et 50km de la côte), et toute la zone entre la terre et la barrière de corail est appelée le "lagon". Ce lagon est donc protégé de la houle, et a une profondeur qui ne dépasse jamais les 30m, c'est donc un endroit rêvé pour aller plonger ou naviguer. Thomas m'a donc prêté son canoë-trimaran à voile et à pédales (c'est dur à comprendre, il faut voir les photos), et après l'avoir essayé avec lui, il m'a laissé aller naviguer tout seul, et c'était absolument génial... Le but est bien de faire de la voile autant que possible, et j'ai ... read more
Le pédalier...
...dans son emplacement
Le capitaine pour un jour




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