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    • Day2

      deuxième jour en nouvelle calédonie

      July 25 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      We braved the bus again today and spent the morning in Noumea at the Musée de la Ville and Musée de la Maritime. With a ‘café allongée’ a lunch ‘en baguette au balcon’ and dinner ‘à la Mexicaine’ we’re starting to feel like we fit in.Read more

    • Day8

      France in the South Pacific

      February 3, 2020 in New Caledonia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Our final port of call wouldn't be out of place in the South of France. Unlike our other stops so far, Noumea is a large Westernized city, one of the largest in the South Pacific.

      A swim free day today. Instead, a leisurely, family friendly rise on the Tchou Tchou train. This was what it sounds like - an open, slow moving train that would take us around the city and stop off at a couple lookout points. Ryland loved it, again his little brain took to absorbing the unfamiliar sights, smells and sounds all around him.

      The first lookout stop sat between the two days of the island, with a view of Duck Island, where Natalie (Hendrik) and I snorkelled some three years ago. We were treated to a glorious 32c day today, with mostly clear blue skies.

      From here, further through town and up the hillside for spectacular views overlooking Noumea. Ryland got some time to run around and stretch his legs here before we made the 40minute journey back. From the ship, we went on to catch a free shuttle into the city centre to explore on our own. This took us around Coconut Square (central gardens), some side streets, shops, supermarket and port side market place.

      We spent a couple hours enjoying our last free time on dry land, buying a couple small souvenirs and some crepes and cold drinks before heading back to the ship. I'd enjoyed learning about the Kagu bird of New Caledonia (on the Tchou Tchou Train) - a bird that forgot to fly over the years (due to no predators) and now uses its wings to climb trees.. and barks like a dog, so I bought a nice small painting of one. I can't help but think I'd much rather explore the rest of the island (the Grand Terre) rather than just wander the now familiar-ish streets and patterns of the largely Westernized city of Noumea. Grand Terre is actually a huge island, and from the ship, so much of it looks so wild/untouched and enticing.

      Showers, lunch and an afternoon nap set us up for our usual evening routine. Feeding Ryland in the buffet 5.30-6, then bathing him in his inflatable bath in the shower base, dusking, and getting him to sleep in his pram for dinner in the restaurant - "island theme" night tonight.

      There was a slight delay in the ship departing Noumea tonight, due to a passenger requiring medical attention and hospitalization on the island. I feel on track for that myself, really struggling with a cough/head-cold right now. It hasn't impacted my enjoyment of ports, but is really draining me.

      Three days at sea ahead still to enjoy, before we're home again in Melbourne.
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    • Day5


      February 27, 2020 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      It was fun to snorkel but Nouméa was otherwise pretty uneventful. The Best of Nouméa recommended trip brought us to some nice places but was pretty disappointing overall since it was supposed to be three hours but one hour had us just wandering by ourselves for sub par shopping..Read more

    • Day44

      Noumea, New Caledonia

      January 27, 2015 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      We are now in the bustling metropolis of Noumea. Actually it really is a bustling metropolis. New Caledonia mines most of the nickel in the world so they are a very rich island. The downtown is very pretty and the shops and restaurants are plentiful. We unfortunately were there on a Monday which seems to be their day for all the tourist stuff to be closed so the museums and the aquarium were all closed up. We walked over the a great little beach called Lemon Bay or Baie des Citron as they call it here. We went past some very modern marinas full of boats of all sizes and shapes. The bay the cruise ship came into was filled with cruising boats. I suspect this must be a little off the main cyclone path for there to be so many cruisers during the season but I haven't checked that out.
      We did a little shopping along the way. I needed a new light weight shirt for sun protection and found a great little sporting goods store that had Columbia stuff that was just a little more expensive then REI in the states. Jeff needed a full length skin to keep him from burning during snorkeling and found it at another dive shop just off the main "Chinatown" in the downtown area. The snorkeling was great just by swimming off the beach to the coral outcroppings.
      The island is huge and I can see this would be a fun island to explore more in-depth. We should come back when we have more time. The nice thing about cruising on a ship is you don't stay too long in any one place so that the ones you don't like much are left without too much of a bad taste and the ones you really like you are left wanting to come back again.
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    • Day87

      Chasing sunset at la Baie des Citrons

      April 25, 2019 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Amazingly, given that on our World Tour we have all the time in the world to rest well, get up early and party late, we just barely managed to make it out to the Baie des Citrons this evening for some late sunset photography. As the sun started its descent over the horizon, Mommy was literally running for the beach, being chased by two dogs barking hard on her heels. We still did succeed in catching a few shots at the Rocher à la Voile, featuring a super keen fisherman already setting up at dusk, as well as some fun ones of the ubiquitous palm trees in the receding daylight. Davy and Meg continued working on their sand castles well past anyone actually being able to see what they were doing - good to see some kind of architectural design and thought starting to go into the builds!Read more

    • Day106

      Day 5 - Noumea, New Caledonia

      April 26, 2017 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Today was another day in port, and was so fantastic. We did some snorkeling and it was definitely the best that I've ever done. This port was right at the land so we hopped on a bus to our meeting spot, only about 5 minutes. And then hopped onto a boat to go out to a Marine reserve. We snorkeled from the back of the boat for about an hour and just had a blast. The water was so clear, so blue, and so warm that an hour flew by. We saw turtles, reef sharks, and octopus! Not to mention hundreds of fish including rainbow coloured ones and some that looked similar to sharks. There were also sea snakes and sea slugs, pretty cool! I was itching for more than snorkeling so I dove down to the bottom a few times to look around, probably about 8 or 9 metres? I really want to get back out scuba diving!! I absolutely love being under the water. Anyway, I can't say enough about how great this excursion was. Sharks and turtles and octopus and snakes and giant rainbow fish?! Fantastic.

      After our snorkeling adventure we returned to the ship for some lunch and then I went back to the room to clean up my stuff and properly unpack all of my clothing. And take a glorious nap. I was tired!! I went back to my pub and visited with my bar tender friends for a while as well as a few others I've met previously throughout the cruise. There are so many people who talk to me that I don't recall meeting but obviously I have... I'm just so bad with names and faces! I kind of wish I didn't look so approachable sometimes because sometimes I just want my peace and quiet haha.

      Mom and I went to catch the 7 pm show again which was some guy who was "praised" by Queen as being a great artist. We were thoroughly unimpressed though and left early to go get dinner instead. We asked for a private table this time around because we were both sick of the small talk. I swear I've told the same stories about 10 times already... And will probably have to do it each night for the remainder of the cruise. Lovely. I think I'm going to start making up wild stories and see what happens haha. We've decided that we need the boys to join us for dinner one night to make things entertaining.

      On our walk back from dinner we ran into the boys and stopped to chat for a while. Eventually I walked Mom home and then returned to have another drink with them. We watched Karaoke again for a while and saw the same people from the previous night returning to the stage. There's this one fellow named Mark who really loves to sing ;) He's not half bad either! From the Karaoke bar we went to the Ice Rink which had been turned into a stage for a country themed music night.... Needless to say we didn't participate in the dancing but observed from the bar area. When that finally wound down we went up to Dizzy's to end the evening. We ran into our other young friends, and had a blast just chatting. The bartenders there are also great and remember us as well, I love it :) When we finally called it a night and I got to bed it was about 3 am... Oops.
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    • Day22

      Nouméa, Neukaledonien

      February 22, 2018 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Mit rund 10‘000 Einwohnenden ist Nouméa oder Numea eine richtige kleine Stadt in Neukaledonien, in dem nur rund 280‘000 Menschen wohnen.
      Wir waren auf einer informativen Rundfahrt durch den Ort und die Umgebung, wobei es hier nicht wirklich viel zu sehen gibt.
      Da Neukaledonien französisch ist, findet man hier sehr viel französische Firmen (z.B. Carrefour) und viele Peugeots, Citroens und Renaults.
      In nächster Zukunft sollen hier drei Referenden stattfinden, die darüber entscheiden sollen, ob Nouvelle-Calédonie unabhängig werden soll oder nicht. Unsere Reiseleiterin sagte, dass es durchaus sein kann, dass zu einem Verbleiben bei Frankreich kommen könnte, da die Vorteile gegenüber einer Unabhängigkeit nicht unbedeutend sind, so u. a. die französische Staatsbürgerschaft mit der Möglichkeit in Frankreich zu arbeiten und zu studieren.
      Der Name Neukaledonien stammt übrigens von James Cook, der die Insel 1774 Neuschottland nannte, weil sie ihn an die Heimat seines Vaters erinnerte. So, jetzt geht‘s zurück nach Sydney und die dritte Etappe unserer Reise ist schon bald vorbei.
      Zu den Fotos: Nouméa und Frottee-Skulptur Nr. 6, eine Bulldogge.
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    • Day22

      Noumea New Caledonia

      October 29, 2016 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Cruise day 21

      This was the forth island we had the privilege to visit on this trip. Similar to Bermuda this Island is an overseas territory of a European nation, in this case France 🇫🇷.

      The interesting observation we made, is that this Island New Caledonia 🇳🇨, Bermuda 🇧🇲and other Islands with European or US influence have a first world feel to it and is clean and public transport etc works well.
      On the flip side of the coin is Islands such as Vanuatu 🇻🇺, Fiji 🇫🇯, Bahamas 🇧🇸 etc. seem to be left to the natives to run. To be honest for the most part these resembled African poverty and hardship. They are mostly shantytown and dirty.

      New Caledonia reminds me a lot of the French riviera and Marseille to be exact.

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    • Day5


      April 27, 2017 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Second visit here, no better than the first. Next time we find ourselves in Noumea I think we have to take an excursion and go to the beaches maybe snorkelling. That said...we arrived late so those who'd booked snorkelling had it cancelled.

      Other part of the challenge, arriving 3.30pm everything shuts at 4pm. Hmmm...not even sure why cruises stop here...

      For all that we enjoyed a short walk in the park with new friends Jim & Lydia...
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    • Day25


      November 7, 2016 in New Caledonia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      In der Hauptstatdt Noumea und den angrenzenden Vororten leben mit 180.000 Einwohnern etwa die Hälfte aller Einwohner Neukaledoniens. Dementsprechend ist die Hauptstadtregion mit dichter Bebauung, viel Verkehr, Staus und Trubel ein krasser Gegensatz zum ansonsten sehr dünn besiedelten und unberührten Rest des Landes.
      Insgesamt hat mir Noumea, insbesondere das Stadtzentrum nicht gefallen. Hässliche und ungepflegte Betonbauten aus den 70er Jahren, wenig Strassencafes und eine gefühlt schlechte Stimmung fand ich wenig attraktiv. Vielleicht war es aber auch einfach nur der "Großstadtschock" nach 3 Wochen ländlicher Ruhe.
      Die meisten Hotels sind ganz im Süden am Stadtstrand untergebracht und dort gefiel es mir schon etwas besser, schöne Aussicht und direkt nebenan das neue städtische Aquarium.
      Ebenfalls sehenswert das von Renzo Piano entworfene Kulturzentrum Tjibaou. Es ist ein Kultur- und Begegnungszentrum zur Darstellung der Kanak-Kultur und enthält sowohl traditionelle als auch moderne Kunst. Es gibt einen guten Einblick in die Kultur der Kanaken, wirkt für mich gefühlt aber auch etwas verschlafen und nur unzureichend genutzt. Es ist benannt nach dem sozialisitischen Führer der kanakischen Unabhängigkeitsbewegung, Jean-Marie Tjibaou und wurde nach dessen Ermordung 1989 geplant und gebaut und 1998 eröffnet.
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