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Day 5 – Sun 6 July - Noumea
The ship berthed at the container port close to Noumea township. As we got closer we could see the terrain was similar to the Coromandel ranges with bush covered hills. It was a bit overcast but not cool. We decided to catch the shuttle bus from the ship to the town and have a bit of a walk about. As it was Sunday most of the shops were closed but there was a market by the marina. It looked like there was a ...
... us, pulsed with
At lunch time, men cut fresh coconuts
for drinking. Before each hut, women presided over hot steaming
Bougna. The fresh Bougna was seen on every womans hands, as they
offered their local delicacy to us to eat. Bougna`s are a staple
food of life in New Caledonia. They are made of vegetables like
potatoes, taros, bananas, and chicken or fish, all with coconut milk
cooked in banana leaves over ...
... the tide is quite dangerous in the bay with swimming not recommended. We instead walked along the beach and on the rock formations right next to it.
Our next stop was in the Plage de la Roche Percée that takes its name from a massive boulder with… you guessed it… a huge whole through it. It was here that I finally managed to jump into the Pacific waters. And what a marvelous feeling it was to swim through ...
... after the cyclone hits Noumea, the computer models are predicting it will turn south to where we will be located. The captain will provide another update today. We have an invitation to brunch with the captains at 11:00 am as we were past cruisers. All of us except Beth and Chappy will attend. The weather is sunny and about 28C today. Still winds are about 25 mph so it does not feel too hot. ...
Ever had a really bad idea which actually turned out to be the best idea ever? Well that's what happened today! Before we left Glasgow Arnaud asked if I’d mind camping with the babies so that we could travel around the island to more remote places where there are no hotels. From the comfort of my lovely house on the farm with my romantic/adventurous head on I said yes no problem, without really thinking what camping with 2 babies would actually involve! ...