This blog on New Caledonia is for those of you who ever wondered what life on a tiny island in the South Pacific might be like. Tired of bracing winter winds, the stress of an inner city or simply dreaming of a life change? This is a blog about what happens when, in the words of Yogi Berra, "you come to a fork in the road, [and] take it".

24 December 2005

Ile des Pins: An End to a Perfect Day

Following our first day's tour of Ile des Pins, we checked in at our little hotel, where we found a bungalow waiting for us. Sophie and Laurent (and even I!) could not resist a dip in the pool to cool off. We'd been told that the island's most beautiful sunsets would be found here, and we were far from disappointed. A stroll along the beach was the perfect end to a perfect day ...

Except that at 20.00 we had a Christmas eve dinner to attend. So dress up as best one can for a casual island, we did. Imagine our surprise when the first course was not served until 21.40 and the main dish at 22.30 (after I had ventured to the kitchen to see how things were coming along). At one point Laurent started eating with his fingers (deer, mind you) - when the knives and forks were long to be delivered - and Sophie nearly fell asleep at the table. Later we learned that this was the first time something like this had happened in 22 years. What luck! We laugh about it all now ...

Photo by Laurent Guiader, 2005.

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