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Feb. 12 – NOUMÉA, NEW CALEDONIA

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Nouméa, “the Paris of the South Pacific” and a place to practice my high school French! New Caledonia is a French Territory and is a mixture of Melanesian, Polynesian and European cultures.

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Two years ago we had enjoyed some time snorkeling in New Caledonia’s lagoon, which is created by the world’s 2nd longest reef (over 1,000 miles long). Today, we stayed on shore and discovered the Asian Quarter, already preparing to celebrate the lunar New Year.

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Seems we are drawn up here each time we visit. High over the harbor stands Saint Joseph Cathedral, built by convict labor in 1890.

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The altar was carved in 1860 for a mission church. I’m glad they decided to have it beautifully illuminated.

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One of the prettiest statues of Joan of Arc I have seen.

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We walked down from the hilltop, heading for a small boat basin and enjoyed a walk shaded by giant fig trees.

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Floral arrangement by G-O-D ?

Just a note for anyone who has seen news of tropical Cyclone Gita – our captain has changed course and we are now traveling the 1,000 miles straight to Sydney, Australia. We are in no danger, but please pray for the people of Norfolk Island, which is in the path of the storm.

Tomorrow we begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday morning service.

Posted by Swenigale 19:05 Archived in New Caledonia

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