A little bit of France in the Pacific: New Caledonia Part 2

On our first day of our trip (Saturday), we took the bus into the centre of Nouméa to do a bit of exploring.  We started off with a visit to the market, which I’ll come back to in the next post.  As well as fruit, vegetables, bread and fish, there was a craft section where I just had to buy this metal fish.  Not sure where I’m going to put it, but at the moment it is brightening up a corner of the living room.

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From there we headed over to the Museum of New Caledonia, with artifacts from different parts of the country as well as other Pacific nations.

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Drawings on the wall of the museum

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Part of the museum

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Carved door posts or jovo

From there we headed over to St Joseph’s Cathedral.  This was built between 1887 and 1897 on artificial terraces (you have to climb up steps to get to it).  It apparently contains many interesting items, but unfortunately there was a service going on so we didn’t really get a chance to take a look inside.  However, we did see these holy water stoups made from the shells of giant clams.

IMG_3987Giant clam shell

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The 80kg bell, made in Cherbourg in 1786 and given to the cathedral in 1855

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View of the cathedral from the side

IMG_3993The cathedral from below looking up

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Joan of Arc

The local museum of Nouméa was shut, so we walked around the town in the heat, like mad Europeans.  We did, however, stop for lunch and a cold drink, and were able to explore quite a bit of the city centre before heading back to the hotel and the beach for the afternoon.

IMG_3998Nouméa museum

IMG_3999Central Nouméa

IMG_4006Bus stop in Nouméa

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