Noumea

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The beach is beautiful, from top of our Hotel

 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.

Petite Train, mainly for tourists. Quite good fun.
Suddenly our trip changed, English was spoken by everyone who saw this and the dogs owner, who was very appreciative. She offered any assistace we might need, and when asked about the food problem, gave us lots of help. Our meals picked up after that! But it shouldn't require something like this to bring out the friendliness of the people!

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.

Erle rests against a small totem on a walk.
) They were very comfortable to ride in and one of the drivers admitted he had lived in Australia most of his life an so spoke some English! That was a help too.

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.

relwof says:
Would have to agree with most of what you said. Especially the casino part, I had a win on the pokies, and ended up winning back everything I had taken over - settle down, I was only a student at the time so that wasn't much. I only got to go to the casino as the airport was on strike, so they put us up another night. I also found I was almost roadkill more than once, you soon learn to look both ways before stepping out, and that they don't seem to understand "pedestrian crossing". Found the locals to be standoffish too, though there are also friendly locals aswell. Definately an expensive place to go!
Posted on: Jan 15, 2009
Chelsea says:
I learnt French in school... I'll have to brush up on it before I go!
Posted on: Oct 17, 2008
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The beach is beautiful, from top o…
The beach is beautiful, from top …
Petite Train, mainly for tourists.…
Petite Train, mainly for tourists…
Erle rests against a small totem o…
Erle rests against a small totem …
Thes huts were made for small peop…
Thes huts were made for small peo…
Art works at the museum
Art works at the museum
Sunset Noumea beach.
Sunset Noumea beach.
Sunset from top of our Hotel
Sunset from top of our Hotel
Tall native huts
Tall native huts
Taxi rank Noumea City
Taxi rank Noumea City
Totem Poles at Museum
Totem Poles at Museum
Band Pavillion Noumea City
Band Pavillion Noumea City
Native hut at Museum
Native hut at Museum
Paddling on the beach
Paddling on the beach
Old out rigger canoo
Old out rigger canoo
Me resting under the shady trees a…
Me resting under the shady trees …
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