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News August 2008   (Nouméa/New Caledonia, August 22, 2008)

Website statistics: In July we were able to welcome on our website 30'428 visitors who did 1'057'757 hits.
                                           (June = 39'072 visitors 1'194'644 hits)
                                The visitors are coming from about 100 to 118 different countries!
                                Record day since 12/17/1998 - the birthday of our website: 11/5/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits
Since nearly three weeks, we are now in New Caledonia. We used this time to discover the capital of Nouméa and the
South of the main island Grande Terre. Result: Very beautiful and interesting! Of course, the always sunny and pleasant
weather makes everything looking more attractive. What left the biggest impression on us in the South however was the
unique vegetation with many endemic plants, the emptiness and the red laterite earth. Indeed there was at the end of the
19th, respectively the begin of the 20th century, plenty of nature destruction due to radical cut down of the jungle as well
as intensive and reckless mining operations. In the meantime, a lot of plants started to regrow. It's simply overwhelming to
discover all these species, which in many cases exist only in New Caledonia. Again and again we came across new
flowers, trees and scrubs thus far unknown to us. The reddish looking earth where they sprout makes it even more special.
Often we felt like being in Africa when we drove on the dusty red and bumpy tracks in the forgotten bush and were
looking to set up a lonely camp.
Nouméa itself is an appealing but expensive city. It is so attractive that on an average, once a week one of the huge cruise
ships is berthing, what recalls a little the Caribbean – particularly Sint Maarten four years ago. It's believed that about 2/3
of the island population of 230'000 people lives in and around the capital. The natives – called Kanaks – are very friendly,
but unfortunately they booze – especially over the weekend – a bit more than they ought to, what might lead to
aggressions. Thus it is not surprising that during night time sirens of police cars and ambulances are often heard. However,
the size of the island's hub provides the benefit that the shops carry everything for everybody.

                                                         New Caledonia: Mission of Touaourou in the South of the main island Grande Terre

Although New Zealand isn't yet forgotten and the North of New Caledonia is still waiting for us, we already have to care
about our journey's continuation. Currently, we have contacts with the authorities of Vanuatu as well as Fiji to clear ahead,
whether we are allowed at all, and – if yes – to what conditions to enter their islands with our LandCruiser for a temporary
visit. But one thing is already certain: That the Pacific, our long cherished dream, seems to be really extremely striking.
Therefore, solving logistical nightmares and financial expenses are well worth the efforts – the more that time is on our side.

New Reports/Pictures

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(July 2008)

Vanuatu: Boeing 737-800 of Air Vanuatu at the airport of Port Vila

Sumatra-Java, part 1
(Dec. 2006)
Indonesia: Temple of Borobudur near Yogyakarta/Java
(Febr. 2008)

Philippines: Ricefields near Sagada/Mountain Province/Northern Luzon

Timor-Leste (Mainland)
(May 2007)
Com/Timor-Leste: Traditional Fataluku house
(May 2007)

Oecussi/Timor-Leste: Landscape East of Oecussi-'Town'

(Island of Borneo), Part 2
(Nov. 2006)
Kuching/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Proboscis monkey in Bako National Park
(Island of Borneo)
(Oct. 2006)

Mount Kinabalu/Sabah/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Early Morning View

(Sept. 2006)
Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
(Island of Borneo), Part 1
(June - Aug. 2006)

Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Traditional stilt houses reflecting in the water of the Miri River

(May 2006)
Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
Temples, Pagodas, Shrines 

People, Beaches, Nature

(Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
(Nov. - Dec. 2005)
(Febr. - April 2006)
Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat


(February 2006)

Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris


(January 2006)
Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field


(December 2005)

Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple


(Oct. - Nov. 2005)
Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far


(September 2005)

Singapore: High-rise buildings pop up everywhere - here behind the Parliament House


(September 2005)

Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

Hong Kong

(September 2005)


Hong Kong:From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
+ our New Caledonia Trip, 2nd part

Grand Terre (North) – Aug.+Sept. 2008

+ our New Caledonia Trip, 1st part

Grand Terre (Nouméa + South) – August 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 6th part

North Island – June+July 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 5th part

North Island – May+June 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 4th part

South to North Island – May 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 3rd part

South Island – April 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 2nd part

South Island – March 2008

+ our New Zealand Trip, 1st part

South Island – Febr.+March 2008

+ our Hong Kong Trip

Hong Kong – Dec. 2007+Jan. 2008

+ our Taiwan Trip, 3rd part

Taipei-Taitung-Kaohsiung – Nov. 2007

+ our Taiwan Trip, 2nd part
Taitung-Southern Cross-Island Highway-
Siraya National Scenic Area (Zengwun Reservoir)-
Alishan NSA-Sun Moon Lake NSA-Taroko National Park-
Suao-Hualien Highway-Taipei – Oct.+Nov. 2007
+ our Taiwan Trip, 1st part

Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung – Oct. 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 6th part

Kalimantan – July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, within the 5th part

Tana Toraja (Toraja-Land) – June+July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 5th part

Sulawesi – June+July 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 4th part

Sumba, West Timor – May+June 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 3rd part

Lombok, Sumabawa, Flores – April 2007

+ our Indonesia Trip, 2nd part

Bali – Jan.-March 2007

+ our Borneo Trip

Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Kalimantan – Sept.-Nov. 2006

+ our LandCruiser on a "Rejuvenation Cure"

in Miri/Sarawak - the East Malaysian province on Borneo Engine/Body: June-Aug. 2006/Transmission: Sept. 2007

+ added from a earlier visit to the USA:

Las Vegas    (Millennium change)

+ added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

+ Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 1984 - April 1997)

+ Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
Toyota Companies since 1982
On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA and taken over by
Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN
- and you will see that we already belong to it too!)


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