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Our trip to Noumea was not one of our favourite trips, mainly because we just didn't know French and really to enjoy Noumea you do need some French, even though everyone on the Island can speak English, they just will not unless something happens to make them.
We were having plenty of problems, specially over what food to order when its all in French with no translations to help, and where to go to as well, to get reasonably priced meals. However the French Fare is of a very high quality, very delicious, but rather too expensive for us as we were trying to keep our spending down.
Then we had occasion to assist a lady who's little dog had run away on to the road, and may have been killed if we hadn't risked our lives to save it.
All the people brought their little and big dogs with them to the restruants when they came out for breakfast at the cafes, mainly the dogs were very well behaved and jsut sat under the table at their masters feet. Wouldn't be allowed at home!
The roads were also difficult for us as they drive on the other side of the road to us, every time we tried to cross a street we looked the wrong way and nearly got run down several times. Guess that happens to lots of folk.
We did like the Merceedes benz taxis, so we took rides in them when ever we could,(there are no Merceedes Benz taxis where we live.
Also, we expected warmer weather than it was. We enjoy swimming and it was quite impossable to swim in the temperatures there were while we were there. But we are all at the mercy of the weather. The beach was beautiful would of been nice to swim in the sea, or in the hotel pool.
All the local people seem to be able to play bouls or petanque, it was a pleasure to watch them, and as the games were played right on the beach front it was free for all to watch.
One thing I did like was the big Casino just up the road from our Hotel, where I won a Jackpot on the first day, it kept us in funds for most of the holiday.
We took a trip on the Petite train, only a small little train, but its quite fun, just going along slowly you get a good look at everything.