Blogs from New Caledonia, Oceania


Oceania » New Caledonia March 15th 2015

If I can get a nap by the 2ndafternoon of a holiday, I’m laughing. It’s almost unheard of in my 4 years traveling as a family. By the time you finish every project at work suddenly due within the realm of you going on leave and hurriedly pack most of your house into 3 small cases, clean the house and get to the airport, you’re exhausted. It’s often 5.30am, you’ve had 2 hours sleep and you’re standing in a long line of some crappy low cost airline that’s all smiles and no delivery. Or you’re in the family wagon before sunrise so you can crawl out of Sydney before the other escapees clog the roads. By 10am you’re at the driver reviver in Newcastle sipping a well meant but scoldingly hot, tasteless cup of tea and ... read more

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

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 December 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 » Grand Terre June 28th 2014

Quelques photos des filles puisque ça fait trop longtemps que je n'en ai pas envoyé...... read more

Un petit week-end à Maré histoire de se détendre un peu.... read more

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 » Loyalty Islands Province » Lifou October 26th 2013

We had 4 days of port calls in a row and now we're on the last leg of our trip to Sydney which is our last port for this first portion of the trip and the first port for the second portion of our trip to Australia/New Zealand. We had no idea we were on two separate trips until we got on board, but that's the way it's counted. Now a lot of people are leaving the ship in Sydney tomorrow and a new group are getting on. We're going to miss our new friends Susan and Jon (from Canada) who were great about saving us seats for the nightly shows. We really enjoyed their company very much! All the islands we visited during the last few days were wonderful and gorgeous. In Vanuatu, we an ... read more

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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