• On my way to Magenta where I returned the hired car, I stopped at La Case à Café for coffee and breakfast. Croque madame was delicious but the size of the coffee was not what I expect...

  • After a visit to the Cultural Centre I spend Wednesday afternoon relaxing at the pool and learning how to do “nothing”. A Piña Colada made with rum, coconut milk and pineapple ju...

  • A visit to the Tjibaou Cultural Center. Building designed by Renzo Piano to resemble traditional Kanak structures.I was the only one present and I had the whole complex to myself to explore. Photo...

  • This morning, I drove in the countryside to experience different sceneries. Having absolutely no idea where I was going, I ended up in Parc Fayard. Later, I stopped somewhere and met a local famil...

  • What a busy place on the shore of Promenade Roger Laroque, so much going on. The atmosphere was electric. I made new friends and had a fabulous evening. I wished I could have got some of the girls ...

  • A cold beer at the Casino was my “afternoon tea”. I enjoyed very much the New Caledonian brew. Back at the hotel, I met with Russell and Betty from Queensland and we enjoyed chatting as...

  • I drove to "La Baie des Citrons" to have my morning coffee.  As I needed a hat, I found a shop not far away that specialise in all kinds. The shop owner was so nice. She let me tried many typ...

  • I had a very adventurous day discovering many places that the general tourists never visit. At first it took a bit of concentration to drive on the right hand side of the road, but practice makes p...

  • I decided that instead of booking local tours to visit interesting places, I hired a car for a week. I've driven in America, Canada, England, France, Mauritius, Reunion, Rodrigues just to name a fe...

  • I spent the afternoon lazying around the pool. I had a swim and the water was cold for my standard. But once in it, I wanted to stay swimming for a while.A nice cocktail added to a pleasant afterno...

  • After breakfast, I walked for about 10 minutes to catch the local bus to Noumea central. I forgot that it was Sunday and when I got there, all shops were closed. I walked back to the Port and caugh...

  • As my discounted travel package does not include breakfast, lunch or dinner (my choice), I have a healthy shake every morning as a replacement meal. It's boring but simple and effective. I'm not on...

  • After settling in my room, I decided to go to the reception. I followed the direction of where the sound of the music was coming from. Nice bar. I had to relax with a drink and listen to the French...

  • Le Meridien turned out to be as I excepted. A true 5 star hotel.I think that they have given me a bridal suite without a bride. The room is very comfortable and is an overkill for me but I am ...

  • All went well through customs. Ready to board.I had a light lunch at the airport as I was a bit hungry having had breakfast at 5:30am this morning.Lunch was served on board and I did not object. Th...

  • It's 6:00am and my baggage is packed and I'm on my way, leaving Bairnsdale soon driving to Melbourne.  I had a slow trip stopping many times on the way for a cat nap and drinks. Arriving in M...

  • 6 December 2018When I got home from Lake Entrance at lunch time, I thought "Why not keep going?" I have no dog, no cat. I no longer have a wife to have discussions with. I'm free to do what I want,...