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 September 2007

Writing from Across the World

I was so used to writing to you all from the edge of the planet, from a tiny island in the South Pacific, hours before you awoke (9-10 hours ahead of Paris, 18-19 hours ahead of Los Angeles).

Now I am writing to you from Paris, about life in New Caledonia, having left it a month ago. I feel as if I am hovering above it, as if our two years in Noumea were a dream.

I am back on Paris time and wishing at times that I were ahead again, in New Caledonia, walking the beaches, enjoying the spring, planning our summer outings.

Alas. Life moves on, and so do we. But the good news is that I still have things to finish up on New Caledonia and will be posting them here over the next few weeks ... (so if you have any questions about life on this little island, now is your moment!).

And then ... a new blog ... from Paris, about life in Paris, among other things. When the blog is up and running, I'll post its link here.

In the meantime, wherever you are, I hope you are happy and living your dream.


Jo said...

I have been meaning to email you and find out how your move back to Paris has been! What you are doing, how Sophie is fitting back into a Parisian life style, and what darling Pablo is doing without his beaches?

Please do keep updating; I look forward to your news and views of Paris - all World Cup fever at the moment? Go the All Blacks!

Oh, and today is a year to the day that we visited New Caledonia and I am wearing my lovely nautilus shell necklace that I bought on Ansa Vata beach - good memories!

Much love

Le Cagou said...

Bonjour a vous Julie,
And welcome back to " la Belle France."
It is a great pleasure to read from you again.
It's unfortunate that time never allowed you to say a proper " Good bye " from New Caledonia on your Blog.
And say to your visitors " Cheerio "
And answered the last comments from well wishing people.

But, howevwer I am glad you're among us and you've planned something different.

We're all looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Love and best wishes to you and your familly. Marc

Paul said...

It is a kind thing you do. To take the time to give starngers a glimpse into another world; to share the life of yourself and those of your family. I have lived in the US (Sacramento and Saint Louis) all my life and while I find time to see other places I never take the chance to live them. Please no comments on punctuation or spelling.

Julie said...

Hi, Jo!!

Thinking of you, likewise. I was sad when France beat the All Blacks last weekend. I just love the All Blacks ...

We are watching France and England tonight.

Missing the Anse Vata and you!


Julie said...

Hi Le Cagou,

Never fear. I will finish this blog good and proper and New Caledonia will always be with me. I have so appreciated all my reader support and will not let you down!

I have been busy trying to get back on line, working, and settling in.

But I am back!



Julie said...

Many thanks Paul, for your kind words and support. I, too, lived in Sacramento, and left it for Europe many years ago. But we were there this summer ...

Take care and happy trails!