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".

14 November 2006

Roadside Stalls in Northern New Caledonia

Roadside stalls are scattered along the drive through Northern New Caledonia. You will find fresh fruit and vegetables as well as plants, flowers and shells at these little stalls, depending on what the owner has available. The idea is self-serve. The prices are posted and a little box is available for leaving your money. As dwellings (not to mention stores!) are few and far between on the mountain roads,we found this a fabulous idea. I did read that the stalls are probably watched from the bushes ...


Jo PFAFF said...

What a perfect life! I guess this is where my love of shelling comes from!

Elaine Bowe said...

Perhaps the trip took so long because of stopping at all these "little stores". :) I know I couldn't get enough of them. 5.5 hours driving----2.5 hours shopping. Hmmmm---sounds fair to me. We bought baskets and shells. I loved the coral soaked in dye, but couldn't afford the asking price.Thanks for sharing.
Elaine Bowe

Ruth Pharris said...

While we were visiting our cousins, they took us on a 3 day round trip of the island. My favorite part of the trip was stopping and shopping at all these little "shops". I bought something of everything in your picture and have my basket of shells for memories.
I loved Le Poulet--or was it La? Few french pronouns in MY vocabulary. The Brooding Hen--how fantastic.
Another experience was staying in a hut--all 7 of us--dormitory style--at the "Club Med." Somehow, I have other visions of a club med--but it was fun--for one night. Because I have allergies, the musty leaves gave me lots of congestion. But also, great memories--especially of having to go outside in the middle of the night to find the restroom.