Travel Blogs from Noumea
Tuesday 10 June, Day 16.
We are heading ENE back towards Fiji, but this time to the north of the main island of Viti Levu. Our destination will be the second island of the Fiji group, and the little town of Savu Savu. But to get there it will take 2 full days at cruising speed. Today there is a bit of a swell which is making some people uneasy. The girls are taking pills but Alan & Tony ...
and I wished for a budget of thousands to buy up their amazing BD- comics, many
of them prizewinners at the recent Angouleme festival. I tried in vain to find
a New Caledonian Mu Mu like the ones the woman all wear in the heat but they
were all a little too much- too many hibisci, or lace, or too synthetic, and
all huge, built for the beautiful statuesque women here. After was the ...
... land. Low snack shacks, souvenir booths, kite surfing stands. But no, I exaggerate I found an amazing artefact shop behind the Hilton that was like a storehouse of carvings, some tourist tatt, but also some very old looking and more experimental carvings and jewellry in pearl and bone. I remember Mum and I being fascinated by this work when i was a teenager, there was a shop in the strand arcade that had the same hushed and gloomy spirited feel with all these tribal masks ...
... engine off. Since it was only me he said we’d take the 4x4.
We muscled along with my broken French, pointing at the guidebook and gesticulating and I was actually having a private tour of my own, with the Park Ranger no less... and for a fraction of the price of their ‘private tour’ no doubt!
We stopped and he enticed out the parc’s flightless bird, the cagou, from wherever it had been conducting its day. A most peculiar bird that ...
... a late lunch. At 6pm, after allowing the Pacific Pearl to leave before us, we left Noumea never to return. We weren't all that impressed with the island although the scenery and yacht harbour looked attractive. We didn't spend anything but we heard from fellow passengers that food and drink were extremely costly and commission charges for changing money was exorbitant. So as they say in France, Non Non Noumea!