L'Escapade Island Resort
Travel Blogs from Noumea
Today was the first
lesson at CREIPAC, the French language school about a half hour out of Noumea,
just behind the beautifully modern university. It is housed in an old jail,
incongruously next to the most gorgeous tropical bay; some place to be
incarcerated. I did feel a little imprisoned in a classroom after just getting
out of one last week; but ...
... is exclusive here. French signs for 'terrains a vendre' land for sale show an overlay of one culture over a deep, dark, volcanic land where ancient totems of huge grave faces thrust out of the land like islander zombies that will not die. The French language controls these people's tongues but not their souls. Much like indiginous people in Australia, they share the same problems. Alcohol cannot be purchased from the supermarket here after 12pm. Jane was shopping at close ...
... with New Caledonia but Napoleon stomped carte blanche over that idea painting the Kanaks as cannibals and savages in order to colonise the islands for France.
Thinking back, what was that rhyme we’d sing in the play ground?
On the edge of France
Where the naked ladies dance
And the men play drums
On the naked ladies bums
It must be true, one day at the beach I saw a nude woman stride into the sea, bold as brass, boobs and bottom ...
... up we decided to continue. It was pretty good as you will see from the photos. From this high point we could see the rear of St Josephs but unfortunately we couldn't access it from there but had to come halfway back down the hill, negotiate some narrow dodgy looking steps, walk around the corner, back up another hill and then finally up a flight of steps into the cathedral. By this time we were half dead and boiling hot, so the cool interior was ...
... dealt with now (bank, doctor, paperwork, research, bookings, food). We’ll see. The kids have enjoyed themselves at sailing, they’ve spoken french, made friends and learned a bit about sailing. They sailed around the bay and played a bit with the sails. I’m happy that the week is ending and that we can get back to travelling, visiting places and snorkelling. It’s been quite windy lately with some showers and I hope the sun returns quickly, 22c is too ...