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".

11 June 2006

Nouméa's Neighbourhoods

There are many neighbourhoods or quartiers in Nouméa (as you can see on the map of Nouméa's neighbourhoods, above), but everything looks further away than it is. We spend most of our time in the Artillerie Nord, Centre ville, Quartier Latin parts of town as well as Orphelinat, Receiving (named as such along with "Motor Pool" following the Americans' stay during World War II), Baie des Citrons and Anse Vata. But, for example, it only took us 15 minutes to get from Artillerie Nord to Ouémo this last Saturday.

For an interactive map (in French) of Nouméa, I would recommend and for beautiful aerial shots, Google Earth.

Though the map of Nouméa may look large, the city itself is very manageable. The only public transport system it has is bus and there are two lines, I believe. We get around by car and by foot quite easily - though driving can be an adventure. Drunk driving is a bit of a problem here, and many drive without insurance, but apart from these two downsides, driving in Nouméa is rather pleasant.

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