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Visiting Nouméa for the first time and what I learned

Things I learned about New Caledonia and Nouméa 😆
~ People speak 🇫🇷 French all the time to you
~ Most didn’t revert to English unless I did first
~ They are very accommodating with accent and mistakes – so many second and third language French speakers from all over the world live and travel here
~ There’s lots of construction and new things being developed
~ In true French style, it’s very quiet on Sundays and at lunchtime
~ 🌞 The weather was perfect – May is an ideal time to be in NC – it’s shoulder season – the weather is still warm and there’s less rain
~ Wastage is important – respect produce and only take and use what you need
~ Things can take longer – there is an islander aspect to service
~ People are very welcoming of travellers
~ Most visitors appeared to be from France with some from NZ, Aus and Japan
~ New Cal is very popular with Japanese visitors and there’s direct flights to Tokyo 🇯🇵 with Air Calin
~ ✈️ It’s great to fly Air Calin into NC for a full French and island arrival experience
~ Always have a pain au choc 🥐 on hand for emergency snacks
~ ⏰ Restaurants don’t tend to open until 6:30 or 7.00pm, so a midday main meal is a good idea or otherwise you can find some snack places / bistro / bar type places that open through the afternoon
~ Lots of local people I spoke to said the TRUE New Caledonia can only be discovered outside of Nouméa. I am SO looking forward to exploring outside the capital and showcasing the different experiences and cultures and sights away from the main city!
~ NCs travel to Australia 🇦🇺 for shopping and other things often, there are lots of connections between our two countries – it’s so close but feels a world away
~ It’s expensive – sure. But rather than converting everything and feeling ripped off – reframe it and acknowledge that most things are flown in so there’s a lot of added costs there. Plus it’s easier to compare prices on the ground – this coffee from this cafe compared to that one etc
I’ll do another post soon with some costs 💵 of things I bought!
🙋‍♀️ What would you like to know about Nouméa and New Caledonia?

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