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day 6

Welcome to Noumea, New Caledonia

sunny 35 °C
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Hello blog followers

Toady is Noumea, New Caledonia – I know some of you are looking at the travel map and saying that I got it wrong and today was meant to be Lifou – well then you would be correct! For some reason the ports were swapped about – something to do with Customs etc. I don’t know and don’t care….
To put it in as few a words as possible – Noumea is a bit of a ‘shithole’ and Glenn and I have come to the same conclusion that if we want to visit somewhere where hardly anyone speaks English – just French; then we would rather go back to France!! Jakob’s impression – this place is polluted – just a little understatement….
Glenn, Jakob and I (no Lachlan –sleeping in and day on the ship) went in to the city, bought some tickets for a hop on/ hop off bus service and did some sightseeing – other than the cultural centre and a beach or two there’s not much to see; apparently the shopping is supposed to be good, but I didn’t see any. Between Glenn and I we spent most of our money on water and slushies to cool us down (hot and humid) and also some watermelon… Jakob spent the most out of us – capturing a couple of bargains at the local toy store – buying a set of 2 tech decks and a aluminium box of 4 tech decks with a few accessories (Google it if you don’t know what they are).
Back to the ship by 2.30pm to scrape in a late lunch and kids club for Jakob. Glenn and I sat by the pool with the computer trying to figure out emails/faxes etc. DO NOT try and sell a house when you are cruising – it just isn’t easy!! The sale of our house at Seabrook fell through prior to sailing and now they have another buyer (with a better price too) and we are madly trying to secure the contract – watch this space…
Unusual routine for the afternoon evening – Jakob swim, we took Jakob and dined at buffet then took Jakob back to our room for an early night – he sat up and played with his new toys and watched half a movie.
An early night for us – and Lachlan got in late as usual. The animal tonight was a turtle photos tomorrow.
Tomorrow is Lifou and Christmas eve – hope Santa can find us out here?!
Bye for now
Donna &Howard boys 3
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Posted by oztigger 20:38 Archived in New Caledonia Tagged nomea

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