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Fun Photo Friday — Time to Reflect on Sydney


The Sydney portion of this post was originally scheduled for an earlier date.  Alas, that conflicted with my Halloween short story.  So, I’m combining today’s last Fun Photo Friday look at Sydney with our goodbye to Nouméa.

For this first part of today’s Fun Photo Friday it’s time . . .

Looks to be about 20 minutes past March

Looks to be about 20 minutes past March

. . . to reflect . . .

Reflecting on Sydney

Reflecting on Sydney

. . . on Sydney with one last look.  Hope you enjoyed the tour.

Part two presents one last look at at Nouméa with some of my favorite photographs from there:

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Nouméa Cathedral and Chinatown


Nouméa Cathedral

Nouméa Cathedral

Now for some points of interest from our foot journey around Nouméa, capital city of New Caledonia.  One of those sights is Nouméa Saint Joseph Cathedral.  And while it may not look very opulent by European standards on the outside . . .

Nouméa Cathedral

Nouméa Cathedral

. . . it is nevertheless impressive on the inside:

Nouméa Cathedral

Nouméa Cathedral

Nouméa Cathedral

Nouméa Cathedral

Northwest of Nouméa Cathedral is Nouméa’s weekend gathering place, the Place des Cocotiers, or Coconut Square.  Place des Cocotiers is a large, lush central-city park.

Place Des Cocotiers

Place Des Cocotiers

Your foot tour will also reveal some exquisite examples of colonial-style architecture with sweeping verandas.

Colonial architecture

Ursula and I also found the shops quite charming and often colorful.

Nouméa store

Nouméa store

The foot route from Place des Cocotiers to Port Moselle will take you through Nouméa Polynesia Chinatown.

Nouméa Polynésia Chinatown

Nouméa Polynésia Chinatown

You’ll know it when you get there.  The entrance is quite unmistakable.

Nouméa Polynésia Chinatown

Nouméa Polynésia Chinatown

It couldn’t be better marked.  You also find here a statue dedicated to Vietnamese immigrants

Chân Dăng Vietnamese statue

Chân Dăng Vietnamese statue

Of course, Chinatown anywhere wouldn’t be Chinatown if it were festooned with colorful lanterns and other bright adornments.

Nouméa Polynésia Chinatown

Nouméa Polynésia Chinatown

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Next Stop — Nouméa, New Caledonia


Nouméa Graffiti

Nouméa Graffiti

The upper left portion of the above picture gives you our first port of call following the MS Oosterdam’s departure from Sydney, Australia.  Yes, it’s Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia.

Nouméa

Nouméa

New Caledonia is currently undergoing a transition from French control to total autonomy.  As such, New Caledonia is no longer a French Overseas Collectivity.  Rather, New Caledonia enjoys a unique though temporary designation known as Special Collectivity.

Nouméa Bougainvillea

Nouméa Bougainvillea

As for Nouméa, Ursula and I found it to be a colorful destination to say the least.  Even the graffiti is entertaining.

Nouméa Graffiti

Nouméa Graffiti

We spent much of the day walking around town, and you’ll see more of that on Wednesday.  But as the day grew long and our feet grew tired we hopped a city bus and did headed to areas beyond the city proper.

Nouméa Beach

Nouméa Beach

We rode the bus to the end stop and then took it back into town.  Along the way we got a look at some great beaches.

Nouméa Beach

Nouméa Beach

In town we found sights such as Moselle Bay.

Nouméa

Nouméa

I also enjoyed seeing the various automobiles used by the residents.

Tight Parking

Tight Parking

Until Wednesday I’ll leave you with two more shots of that exquisite street art.

Nouméa Graffiti

Nouméa Graffiti

Nouméa Graffiti

Nouméa Graffiti

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