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Pictures of the third part of our New Caledonia trip (North #2 of Grande Terre)
Part 1: Nouméa and the South of Grande Terre
Part 2: North #1 of Grande Terre
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latest picture:October 21, 2008
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121  The first church of the “Sacred
Heart of Cié” (Tyé) South of Poindimié
was completed in 1866. It was completely
restored by the Northern Province and its
reopening was celebrated in October 2001
 122  From Touho, South of
Hienghène, we follow the lush
East Coast with its shallow bays
123  6am in the East: The sun is rising
like a rainbow from the blue ocean
124  Black limestone cliffs emerge
from the sea in Lindéralique near
Hienghène at the East Coast .....
 125  ..... because of its appearing
on the 500CFP bank note, it is also
known as the famous “500-francs rock”
126  Early morning view over the quiet bay
of Hienghène from the Belvédère view point
with its famous rocky outcrop called “the
brooding hen” (Poule Couveuse), the best
known landmark of New Caledonia
127  In the late afternoon light, the
outcrop „the brooding hen“ in the
bay of Hienghène shows another
of its fascinating faces
 128  The “Case de la Chefferie“ – the hut of
the tribal chief – is still present in every Kanak
village. This one is a showcase in the Culturel
Centre “Goa Mwa Bwarhat” of Hienghène
129  The village of Hienghène nestles
beneath densely forested hills at the
edge of the same named river
130  Opposite of the bay of Hienghène,
the church of Ouaré, nestled in
subtropical vegetation, is greeting .....
 131  ..... locals enjoy the lovely
setting of Ouaré and a
chat with the friends .....
132  .....we park in front of the
church of Ouaré while exploring
its surroundings
133  The bride is waiting to be
handed over to her groom. In
the Northern Province, this
tradition is still alive .....
 134  ..... prior to the traditional handing
over ceremony, there is much Polynesian
chanting in front of the community straw
hut in Ouaré, the village of the groom .....
135  ..... nature provides
everything that is necessary
for the wedding decoration
136  We say good-bye to the
stunning rock formations of Hienghène
 137  The ‘false Mango tree’ (Cerbera
Manghas/Sea Mango), whose fruits
and leaves are poisonous, produces
garlands of wonderful blossoms
138  The mountainous East coast
North of Hienghène towards Pouébo
is dotted with dense coconut groves
139  Remote sandy beaches
lure on the wild East Coast – here
South before the Quaïème River
 140  10 miles North of Hienghène we
cross the Quaïème River with the aged
ferry “Bac de la Quaïème“. It is the last
nostalgic river crossing in New Caledonia .....
141  ..... short after the river
crossing, we enjoy a beautiful
coastal view in Southern direction
142  Once more we experience
the wonder of a sunset
 143  The white sandy beach opposite
the Colnett waterfall North
of Hienghène is deserted .....
144   ..... the Tao waterfall – about
halfway between Hienghène and
Pouébo – tumbles from a high
black cliff through tropical
vegetation into the riverbed below
145  From the subtropical
vegetation of the East, we change
into the savannah of the North
 146  Two policemen (Gendarmerie)
stop us in the Northeast near Ouégoa,
but only for a friendly chat, because
they have seen us in the newspaper
147  Also a way of living .....
beneath a simple straw hut
at the beach with a satellite disk
148  On our route to the most Northern
tip of the island at “Pointe Nahârian”, we
enjoy the beautiful scenery of mountains,
coconut groves and the blue sea. In
the background the “Baie de Banaré”
and the hills near Poum
 149  In Koné – the capital of the Northern
Province on the West coast – we leave the
plains of the West at the roundabout with
the traditional “Case” and totem poles
and drive again on an excellent new
road to the subtropical East, to Tiwaka,
situated between Touho and Poindimié .....
150  ..... leading us over a pass with
forested hills (view towards the South)
151  In Houaïlou we climb to an altitude of
1’770 ft, crossing a landscape near Poro, which
was heavily ruined by mining activities .....
 152  ..... but the view to the
valley of the Koua River deep
below is impressive .....
153  ..... and the landscape before
Kouaoua on the other side of the
mountain pass is different again
154  We drive through peaceful
scenery towards the South
 155  Grottos along the road are
looked after caringly. There are
always fresh flowers in abundance
156  The “Ver de Bancoule” – a fat,
white wood grub – is considered as a local
delicacy in the tiny mountain hamlet of Farino
near La Foa in the Southwest. Each year in
September, there is a contest: Champion
becomes who can swallow in a minute the
most of these grubs – alive of course!
157  One of the towering totem poles in
the beautiful sculpture garden of La Foa,
the capital of the Southern Province (there
are three provinces in New Caledonia:
North, South and Loyalty Islands)
 158  A landscape like painted:
The picturesque Kanak village of
Grand-Couli near Sarraméa
159  The traditional Kanak
“case” of Petit-Couli is framed
by majestic araucarias and
coconut palm trees
160  The Hibiscus flower is one of the most
attractive blossoms in the tropical world
 161  New delicate leafs are
sprouting in the heart of the Cycas
162  The juicy seedless lemons are
used also to make tasty jellies
We visit the Cultural Festival of Mont-Dore in Bourali:
163  The Polynesian group
„Te Ana Vai, Lani Hei” performs
a graceful traditional dance .....
 164  ..... the Melanesian dancers
“Bua, Wedrumel” of Lifou of the
New Caledonian Loyalty Islands
fascinate us in their “jungle look”
and wild performance .....
165  ..... with thunderous drum beats
while wearing traditional skirts made
of bast fibers, the male dancers “Yasur
Melody Boys“ of Vanuatu’s island of
Tanna present an excellent program
166  Surrounded by pastures with cows
and horses, we enjoy the idyllic rural scenery
at Alicje’s und Franck’s place in Dumbéa,
who spontaneously invited us to camp
 167  Curious spectators are never
far away when Liliana is cooking
168  The natural “light display”
offers constantly new fascinating
flavors in the surroundings
169  Liliana’s anniversary meal together
with new friends (clockwise) Alicje and
Franck, where we are invited to camp in
their garden; Inge, who serves us a delicious
meal at their house; then Sylvia, a Swiss
lady living in Mont-Dore; and seen from
the back: Liliana, Patricia, Hendrik and
(hidden) Uli, the husband of Inge
 170  Two parties celebrate together their
24th anniversary – with champagne, grilled
sausages, salads and a black forest cake in
the shape of a heart, baked by Inge:
–> Inge, Uli and son Hendrik migrated
24 years ago to New Caledonia
–> Liliana and Emil left for their epic
journey around the world 24 years ago
171  It is playtime for Alicje’s own
and her neighbor’s dogs. All are full
of energy, have a special character
and all are adorable
172  October 21st, 2008: We say
farewell to New Caledonia, where
we spent almost three months and
had a wonderful time. “MV Havannah”
will bring us in three days to our
next, 161st destination – Vanuatu
 173  On our stopover in Maré on the
Loyalty Islands, passengers are waiting to
disembark the ferry. There are two stop-
overs more on Lifou and Ouvéa on its monthly
sailing, before reaching Port Vila in Vanuatu.
While we shall disembark there, however
the vessel will continue to Malekula and
Espiritu Santo, before returning after six
days to Nouméa in New Caledonia
174  The white church of Tadine,
half hidden between the palm
trees, is a lovely sight on our
departure from Maré
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Articles in newspapers about us in New Caledonia:
Article: "Un voyage sans fin", Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes - August 27, 2008