Day 54–Sat., Nov. 19, 2011–Kuto, Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia

          IMG_0683 Stitch Isle des Pins

     Ile des Pins, or the Isle of Pines, is located southeast of Nouméa, the capital of New Caledonia.  An overseas territory of France, the island is often nicknamed I’île la plus proche du paradis (“the closest island to Paradise”) and is famous for snorkeling and scuba diving.  In 1872 it became a French penal colony housing almost 3,000 political deportees from Paris.

     The currency is the French Pacific franc, but there were not many places to buy things near the tender dock.  The pier is 4 miles west of Vao Village.  We got off the tender and followed the sign that said boutiques.  IMG_0698  There were a few, but prices were high.  We followed another road back to the beach. IMG_0708   It was a gorgeous area and I got my feet wet, but did not swim.  The sand is very fine and does not just brush off your feet and the towel didn’t help much, either.

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     We saw the menu for tonight’s dinner and didn’t like it, so we went to the Canaletto and had a marvelous dinner with a gorgeous sunset.

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     I am now officially half-way through my Chinese cross-stitch.  The entertainment tonight was Australian piano sensation Bernard Walz.  He was fabulous.  His fingers went so fast.  We purchased one of his CD’s.  He started playing when he was three.  His mother also played the piano.

“Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.”  ~  Edgar Bergen

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